flight attendant, Patrisha Organo, went well beyond what would have been acceptable anyway on Tuesday when she breastfed a moaning infant on a residential trip after the infant's mom had come up short of formula.
She portrayed the episode to Yahoo Lifestyle in a telephone call from Manila.
It took place during a “check flight,” which would qualify her as a cabin crew evaluator, one of the duties required of an assistant line administrator.
In the early morning hours, Organo heard a sound coming from the cabin — it was the cry of a baby in distress.
“You know the difference between a cry of hunger, a cry of sleepiness, or a cry of something else,” Organo, who has a nine-month-old daughter, said.
So, she walked down the aisle to approach the mum and asked if she needed to feed the infant. That’s when the woman revealed, through tears, that she had run out of formula.
Organo, who has been a flight attendant for the airline for four years, said she felt like she had to do something. “Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant,” Organo recalls of the scene in her Facebook post.
“There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk.”
She informed the flight’s line administrator, Sheryl Villaflor, of her plan — then she approached the mother again. “She said, ‘Yes yes!’ but in her language,” Organo says.
The line administrator then led the baby’s mother to a private area where Organo could feed the infant.
“The other passengers had no idea what was going on,” she recalls. “The baby was so hungry, the way she latched on.”
Organo remembers recognising the look of relief in the mother’s eyes as the baby was finally able to eat.
As a mother herself, she could relate. That empathy, she said, came from her own personal journey with breastfeeding, which was not always an easy one.
The mother was sincerely grateful for the generous gesture, Organo recalls.