January 2, 2014

Breast-feeding is on the rise, but in church it’s still an issue

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Bernardino Luini painting of Jesus being breastfed by the Virgin Mary. Photo courtesy of public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Bernardino Luini painting of Jesus being breastfed by the Virgin Mary. Photo courtesy of public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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(RNS) Pope Francis made it clear that he supports breast-feeding in public. But while many people ask why a mother wouldn’t breast-feed in church, others say it’s immodest and distracting to have an infant latch on in the pews.