Have you ever seen a mom nurse a baby?
I’m one of the people who think it’s awesome: beautiful, sweet, and totally natural. I breastfed both of my kids and I can honestly say that thinking about the experience now (years later, when time has smoothed over some of the difficult parts), makes me very nostalgic. I loved the feeling of closeness and connectedness that nursing brought.
I can also say that pretty much the only thought on my mind while I was nursing was to feed my baby. I wasn’t staring at other people, and I certainly hoped they weren’t staring at me. For me, it was just another part of a busy (and often exhausting) day with an infant.
So, when I read this Twitter exchange between new mom Lindsay Jaynes and Delta airlines’ customer service account, @DeltaAssist, my first thought was that I was surprised that this momma even felt like she had to ask. Isn’t breastfeeding legal everywhere? (The answer, by the way, is yes – breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states. The Federal Aviation Administration, however, apparently does not have any rules or laws about breastfeeding.)
Not that @ClassicHippie was wrong in any way for asking – I just think it’s a bummer that she even felt like she had to.
At this point, I would have been very upset. A cover up? Why? Not all babies like to be covered. It gets complicated when you throw a cover over a squirmy baby. And as I said before, it’s not like nursing moms want to be on display; when you’re nursing, it’s all about the business at hand…I’m not staring at you, so please don’t stare at me.
Also – Lindsay said her baby wouldn’t nurse with a cover or take a bottle. So what was she supposed to do?
She asked this question:
And – wow – she got this answer…even though she already explained that her son wouldn’t take a bottle.
So she sent this response:
And there was seven hours of silence from Delta. So she sent this tweet:
In the meantime, another mom and breastfeeding advocate @theleakyboob leapt to @ClassicHippie’s defense, tweeting Delta and broadcasting the situation on social media sites.
So Delta sent this response:
But this wasn’t over…at least not for Delta. Check this out:
Talk about mixed messages!
What do you think about this? I would love to know!