Pope Francis encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to feel free to breastfeed their children inside the church.
The pontiff said the service in the Vatican was ‘a little long’ and that mothers should ‘go ahead and breastfeed without fear.
He made the comments during a gathering on Sunday where he baptised 28 children at an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus.
He has previously voiced his support for breastfeeding, including in public.
The benefits of breastfeeding include providing optimal nutrition and an immune system boost for babies, while helping mothers bond with infants and speeding maternal weight loss after birth.
In many countries around the world, however, women are still widely discouraged from breastfeeding, especially when they are in public.