A Filipina flight attendant from Philippine Airlines has been commended on and off the internet for helping a fellow mother who ran out of formula milk to feed her baby during a domestic flight.
Partisha Organa, a first-time mom at 24, brought to Facebook the surreal experience she had of breastfeeding a stranger’s baby while in the air. In the post, she is seen safely cradling the baby in her arms.
Patrisha recounted that she was being tested for promotion to Cabin Crew Evaluator and that everything was running smoothly until after takeoff when she heard a baby wailing. As a young mother herself, she understood that the infant was in distress and “approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay,” she wrote in the said Facebook post. Teary-eyed, she was told by the mother that she had run out of formula milk and the flight supply didn’t have any in stock.
The crew member who has a young daughter at home said she felt a “pinch in my heart” so she offered to breastfeed the baby herself. “I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer, and that’s my own milk. And so I offered,” she wrote.
With the help of Sheryl Villaflor, the line administrator on the flight, Patrisha assisted the mother in a private area of the plane so she could feed the baby while maintaining privacy.
Describing herself as a breastfeeding advocate, she wrote, “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.”
With Patrisha being qualified as an Evaluator, the flight became all the more special not just because of the promotion but also because she “got to help.”
“Thank you, Lord, for the gift of mother’s milk,” she said, ending her post.
Although breastfeeding has countless health benefits for babies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends checking with a doctor before feeding a baby with breast milk from another mother due to the potential risks that may expose the child to infectious diseases, “to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk.”