Social media has been reverberating with outrage after a breastfeeding mom was told in a tweet that she could not breast feed her infant on an airplane without a cover-up. Lindsay Jaynes, who is planning a flight from California to Florida next month, asked Delta about their breastfeeding policy through their twitter account, “…I’ll be flying with my 10-week-old son and he won’t nurse with a cover or take a bottle…” She was shocked at the reply: “Lindsay unfortunately you are not able to breast feed if you don’t have a cover up. I’m sorry. *SD”
Wait, what? Isn’t this the twenty-first century? We have all kinds of rights that we never thought of fifty years ago, and this twit tells a mom that she can’t breastfeed her baby without a cover while on a Delta flight?
According to Delta, who was quick to apologize after the vehement reaction in social media, their employee was misinformed. “Delta welcomes breastfeeding mothers and babies on our flights. We apologize for the misinformation earlier. *TH” Jaynes considers the apology “quite meager ‘after all this.’” She is asking Delta to publish their policy regarding breastfeeding on flights on their web page, but the company has failed to do so thus far. Considering their history with breastfeeding moms, Delta might want to make things as clear as possible. In 2006, Emily Gillette was asked to leave her Delta flight after declining to cover her baby while nursing. She settled with the airline in 2012.
In this day of organic everything – of doing all that we can do to stay healthy and do what is natural for our bodies and our psyches – why is there even a question anywhere that breastfeeding is “allowed”…? Nature’s perfect food for baby – and there are still people who look askance at someone feeding baby in public and (gasp!) without a cover! There are even blogs and websites dedicated to “normalizing breastfeeding!”
Ironically, Delta apparently has no problem with flashing breasts, if this tweet is to be believed. It’s just flashing them when there is a baby involved that makes people uncomfortable. Brave New World, anyone?