An air hostess breastfed a crying baby after the distressed mum ran out of formula shortly after the plane took off.
Air stewardess Patrisha Organo, 24, was working on a morning flight that departed from the Asian island, when she heard the baby’s cry.
As a mother of a nine-month-old baby she went to lend a hand to the mother.
‘I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help,’ Patrisha wrote in a post on Facebook.
‘I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child. Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant.’
She continued to describe what happened when she decided to lend a helping hand.
‘I felt a pinch in my heart. There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered.’
Patrisha and another cabin crew member then escorted the upset mother and her hungry baby to the galley for some privacy, where Patrisha went on to breastfeed the baby.
I BREASTFED A STRANGER’S BABY INFLIGHT Yesteday, I was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator. I thought that this flight’s gonna be so special as this is a big step…
‘I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep. I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.’
Patrisha’s post has been shared nearly 30,000 times with social media users praising the mum-of-one for stepping in and lending a helping hand to the anxious mother and her agitated little one.
‘Such a incredible young lady’, wrote on user, while another commented: ‘This is AMAZING!!!! Mothers Milk saves the day.
Some who came across the post were confused as to how the mother let herself run out of food for the baby, but many came to her defense saying: ‘maybe what she thought was gonna be enough didn’t suffice because the baby ate more than usual that day. Maybe it was a connecting flight and a long day of travel. Or the flight was delayed rendering what she thought was enough didn’t end up being so. We all do our best, but things happen out of our control. I highly doubt she did that on purpose.’
Another added, ‘It’s easily done to forget something or the baby has drank it all. Maybe the mother put the food in her suitcase not realising’, while someone else wrote ‘Sometimes babies eat for comfort, for example – on their first flight as a newborn! Odds are the mom packed a small amount of formula on her carry on that she thought would get her through the flight.’
Well done Patrisha on noticing the baby’s distress and coming to the rescue!