Parents traveling with small children know how difficult it can be when you’re on a flight and you run out of the only food that your child ever eats. Can you just imagine the stares and comments you would receive as the child wouldn’t stop crying throughout the flight, no matter how hard you try to offer food available on board.
But it is worse with babies, especially if you run out of milk – because formula milk is a commodity that isn’t normally sold in most airport or terminal shops. You aren’t likely to find milk on board a plane as well.
So, during a domestic Philippine Airlines flight last Tuesday, a mother was understandably distraught when she ran out of formula milk at the airport.
Just a few minutes after the plane took off, the hungry baby began to cry. All the mother could do was apologize to the nearby passengers.
But the mother was actually quite lucky that flight attendant Patrisha Organo was on board that flight. Patrisha was trying to qualify for cabin crew evaluator, something she needs to pass in line with her new rank as assistant line administrator.
When the flight attendant heard the baby cry, she knew that the child was hungry. Upon learning that the mother had ran out of milk, the kid flight attendant readily offered to breastfeed the baby!
“Everything went smoothly until after take off, I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help. I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child. Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant.
I felt a pinch in my heart. There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered,” Patrisha shared on her Facebook account.
The mother was escorted to the galley by the flight’s Line Administrator, Ms. Sheryl Villaflor.
The flight attendant narrated:
“The baby started rooting, she was so hungry.
I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep. I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.
I was right, the flight’s gonna be special, so special not only because I got qualified as an Evaluator but I got to help.
I breastfed a stranger’s baby inflight.
Thank you, Lord for the gift of mother’s milk.”
Isn’t it wonderful that the young mother who ran out of milk was in a flight where one flight attendant is breastfeeding mom?