Mom Wins 'Right' for All of Us to Breastfeed on Airline Without Covering Up

After reading this, you may need to be reminded of what decade you live in again. Lindsay Jaynes was all set to embark on a 6-hour plane ride with her 10-week-old baby -- which all moms know is stressful enough. She decided to be super smart and check with Delta Airlines about its breastfeeding policy. So she tweeted the company and made it quite clear in her post that her baby refused to nurse with a cover or feed from a bottle. The airline's response? Breastfeed with a cover or use a bottle.

Delta's exact words were "Unfortunately you are not able to breast feed if you do not have a cover up. I'm sorry."

When she reminded the airline that her baby would have to feed every 2 hours, the message from @DeltaAssist, which is the company's customer service Twitter account, wasn't very helpful: "I would suggest pumping if you can and bringing it on board with you. You are allowed to bring breast milk on board."

Holy cow, what was lost in translation after Lindsay's original tweet about the only way her baby accepted nutrition? Thankfully, Lindsay was not about to back down and give up. Her next tweets drove the point home AND made her the unlikely recipient of tons of Twitter followers:

Either a particularly unsavvy customer service representative replied to Lindsay's tweet, or Delta wisened up and changed its stance after it received a barrage of angry tweets from folks following the breastfeeding saga, because its next message to the mom read:

Delta welcomes breastfeeding mothers and babies on our flights. We apologize for the misinformation earlier.

It's still a little unclear whether this WAS Delta's policy up until now, or if it was actually a case where false information was spread. Either way, Lindsay should consider this a sort-of win for all breastfeeding moms, who should not have to feel the slightest bit ashamed about providing their babies with nourishment anywhere they go.

I say sort-of win because some airlines still have policies about breastfeeding. And even one policy is one too many.

Do you think breastfeeding moms should wear cover ups on airplanes so that other passengers don't feel uncomfortable? 


Image via Curi Hyvrard/Corbis



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the4m... the4mutts

Nope. The comfort of a baby that needs to eat, trumps the discomfort of some douche who thinks boobies are icky when being used for their intended purpose.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

If anyone tried to tell me not to nurse on a plane I'd suggest they step outside till I'm done. Luckily it's never been an issue on any of the many flights I've taken with a baby in tow.

Felip... FelipesMom

Amen the4mutts!!!!!!!!!

Diane Lizette Castañeda

I breastfed my 15 week old baby during a United Airlines flight to Washington D.C. (5 1/2 hour flight), I didn't ask for permission. Neither the flight attendants or the guy next to me (who happened to be a dad himself) mind. I even used a manual pump on the flight back cause she slept during the 5 hour flight and I need to pump. The flight attendants were very respectful and sweet with my baby. Hope all airlines are like this!

nonmember avatar L

She shouldn't have even asked. It is legal to breastfeed, covered or not, anywhere momma and baby are allowed to be. This would include airplanes.

nonmember avatar sylvia raposo

I always travel.. my daughter is 31 months old and i always breastfeed her..

I NEVER thought of having to ask..and I've never had problems doing it...

lulou lulou

my last 2 flights had a guy thumping is leg the whole time, and another guy trying to pick up his seat mate by talking about the rapture, Id welcome a nursing mom compared to that.

Anna Davis

The only thing you should ever say to a breast feeding woman is 'Can I get you a glass of water ?', similarly there need be no policy, anywhere babies are allowed to be is a place they're allowed to be feed - how they are feed is between them and their Mum.  The end


Brenda Burnett

that's odd. I bf'd my 3 m.o. baby back in 2008 on a couple of airlines and in the waiting area and I DO NOT use covers! There were no issues. Odd that this would even be an issue today.

nonmember avatar myop

Of course I'm going to get hated on for making this comment, but why shouldn't she cover up? I'm a woman and I don't want to see it. Why would you want to expose one of the most intimate parts of your body to strangers? Mom's just think the whole world should cater to them.

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