A kind air hostess stepped in to breastfeed a crying baby after the child’s mother ran out of milk on a flight.
Patrisha Organo, 24, saved the day on an early-morning flight in the Philippines on Tuesday when she noticed a passenger’s baby crying hysterically after take-off.
She approached the mother and found she had run out of formula milk, before taking it upon herself to feed the child in the gallery.
The stewardess, herself the mother of a nine-month-old girl called Jade, said she knew the trauma the mother would have been going through.
Air hostess Patrisha Organo holds a passenger’s baby during an early-morning flight in the Philippines, after offering to help the mother who had run out of formula milk
Patrisha, from Manila, was working on a 5.10am flight in the Philippines when she realised the child was hungry.
She said: ‘As soon as I heard the child’s cry, I knew there had to be something that I could do to help.
‘When the mother told me that she had no formula milk for the child, and I knew that there was none on board, I knew I had to help.
‘I knew that I could offer my own milk, as I had been breastfeeding my young child myself, so offered up my services.
‘The mother of the child was so thankful for me helping, as she had been at the airport since 9.00pm the previous night.
‘As soon as the baby started rooting and feeding from me, I saw the relief on the mother’s eyes and eventually her daughter fell asleep.’
The air hostess, 24, pictured with her own daughter Jade, nine months old, said she knew the trauma the mother on the plane would have been going through
Patrisha, a self-proclaimed breastfeeding advocate, said she was happy to help because she knew the mother’s predicament.
She said: ‘I could only imagine the chaos of those feelings, but as a mother myself I knew the stress she would’ve been going through.
‘The helplessness you feel when you cannot feed your hungry child is horrible, so I had to step in.
‘She had been at the airport since the night before so had ran out of milk during the actual flight, which is what caused the baby to cry.
‘As soon as I could help the baby and the mother I felt so happy – I cannot put into words how fulfilled I felt.’
Before leaving the plane, the grateful mother continued to thank the flight attendant for helping her when she was at her most vulnerable.
She added: ‘After I had breastfed the baby I escorted her and her mother back to their seat.
‘But later on, just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me for all of my help.
‘I knew the flight was going to be special to me, as I had just received a promotion in my role, but I didn’t realise it would be this special.
‘I breastfed a stranger’s baby in flight, and I am just so thankful for the gift of a mother’s milk at times of need.’
The air hostess, pictured right with her daughter Jade and husband Orson, 36, found she had run out of formula milk, before taking it upon herself to feed the child in the gallery