Flight attendant in Philippines labelled a hero after breastfeeding passenger's baby

  • 09/11/2018

A PAL Express cabin crew member is being celebrated as a hero for stepping in to breastfeed a crying baby after its mother ran out of milk.

Patrisha Organo was working as a flight attendant on a domestic flight in the Philippines when she witnessed a passenger's baby crying hysterically after take-off.

After approaching the mother, Organo found out that the baby was hungry - but the mother had ran out of formula milk.

Desperate to help her passengers, Ms Organo took it upon herself to breastfeed the crying baby.

Alongside her fellow crew members and the baby's mother, Organo breastfed the stranger's baby in the airplane's gallery.

Organo herself is the mother of a nine-month-old.

"When the mother told me that she had no formula milk for the child, and I knew that there was none onboard, I knew I had to help," she said.

"I knew that I could offer my own milk, as I had been breastfeeding my young child myself, so offered up my services."

The crying child's mother had been waiting at the airport since 9pm the previous night.

"As soon as the baby started feeding from me, I saw the relief on the mother's eyes and eventually her daughter fell asleep."

Ms Organo, a breastfeeding advocate, says that she was happy to help and was sympathetic to the trauma the mother would've been going through.

"I could only imagine the chaos of those feelings, but as a mother myself I knew the stress she would've been going through. The helplessness you feel when you cannot feed your hungry child is horrible, so I had to step in," Ms Organo said.

Before leaving the plane, the grateful mother continued to thank the flight attendant for helping her when she was at her most vulnerable.

Ms Organo, who had recently been promoted, said it was an amazing feeling to be able to help a passenger in distress.

"I breastfed a stranger's baby in flight, and I am just so thankful for the gift of a mother's milk at times of need."


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