A flight attendant worked extra time for a mother who ran out of formula milk to feed her baby on domestic flights in the Philippines.
Philippine Airlines flight officer Patrisha Organo heard the baby crying immediately after takeoff and "approached the mother and asked if everything was okay," he wrote on a Facebook post, which included a photo of him carrying the baby.
"With teary eyes, he [the mother] told me that he ran out of formula milk, "Organo wrote about flights on Tuesday.
Organo, who has a young daughter at home, said she felt "pinching in my heart" because there was no formula on the plane.
"I think, there is only one thing I can offer and that is my own milk. So I offer, "he wrote.
A colleague brought the mother to the kitchen "where I breastfeed her baby," Organo, who described herself as a breastfeeding advocate, wrote.
"I saw relief in his mother's eyes. I continued to feed the baby until he fell asleep. I drove him back to his seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me. "
Organo said he knew the flight would be significant. Not only did he qualify for the flight for the cabin crew evaluator role but he also "had to help."
"Thank you, God for giving mother's milk," he wrote.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for babies. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it lowers the risk of some infections, type 2 diabetes and asthma – to name a few.
But the US Food and Drug Administration recommends seeing a doctor before breastfeeding another mother.
Feeding babies from a woman who is not a mother is at risk of exposing the child to an infectious disease, "for chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and for a number of prescription drugs that may be present in breast milk," according to the FDA website.