A flight attendant from the Philippines is winning hearts online after she went above and beyond her call of duty and breastfed a stranger's baby during a flight.
When the little one's teary-eyed mother disclosed her formula predicament, Organo came up with a quick solution. "Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant", Organo wrote.
"The helplessness you feel when you can not feed your hungry child is disgusting, so I had to step in", said the mum-of-one. The mother said she had run out of her formula milk. An advocate of breastfeeding, she offered her own milk to nourish the baby and lessen the worries of the infant's upset mother.
Organo said she knew that flight would be memorable for her because it was her first flight in a new position as cabin crew evaluator.
She added that she could relate with the baby's cry because she has a nine months old baby, Jade. 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.
Feeding a baby milk from a woman who is not the mother risks exposing 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", according to the FDA's website. "The baby started rooting, she was so hungry", she wrote on Facebook.
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"When the mother told me that she had no formula milk for the child, and I knew that there was none on board, I knew I had to help". "I saw the relief on her mother's eyes".
On the flight galley, Organo breastfed the baby until she fell asleep.
Organo said of her own breastfeeding journey, that she experienced days when she wanted to give up - but is glad that she continued, noting that she has a strong supply of milk, which helped her nurse the crying child on the plane.
The stewardess said the mother was so grateful for helping her out afterwards and "sincerely" thanked her for 'all her help'.
"The other passengers had no idea what was going on", she recalls.
"Amazing to see this kind of people (live) in this world", one wrote. "I approached the mother and asked if everything's okay".