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'Feel free to breastfeed here', Pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

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'Feel free to breastfeed here', Pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

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Pope Francis told mothers they were free to breastfeed their hungry children during a long ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday.

"If they're hungry breastfeed them; don't be afraid, feed them, because this too is the language of love," the Pope said in a short homily.

The Pope baptised 18 girls and 16 boys, including two pairs of twins, during the two-hour ceremony.

He has spoken out in support of breastfeeding in the past.

The papal baptism is a yearly event exclusively for children of Vatican employees or the diocese of Rome.