American Airlines Attendant Overreacts to Breastfeeding Mom
Did you breastfeed? I breastfed, thankfully, never on an American Airlines flight. Honestly, I spent the entire time I breastfed feeling like I was on house arrest. I loved the bond breastfeeding created and I loved being able to feed my child but I felt like I never left the house in those first few months. I was not comfortable feeding in public because my daughters hated to have their face covered. I didn’t feel comfortable feeding them in public while enduring all the sideways glances and disapproving looks. So, I was home bound for a long time and when the next baby came, I knew I wouldn’t see daylight for at least another six months. This is how it felt for me 8 and 6 years ago…times have changed. Breastfeeding has come a long way – or has it?
An American Airlines stewardess walked by very displeased and shaking her head, only to return, lean over the tween and tell the couple that they needed to put a blanket over the nursing child because there were kids on that flight.
A woman traveling on a five hour flight on American Airlines breastfed her baby to help alleviate some of the discomfort of flying, and to help calm the baby down so that he could sleep and the rest of the passengers could enjoy their flight without enduring a crying infant. The mother was in a window seat, baby was nursing facing the window and dad was sitting in the center seat next to her. On the aisle was a preteen girl who was wearing headphones and chatting with her friends, paying no attention whatsoever to the nursing baby.
An American Airlines stewardess walked by, showing obvious displeasure, only to return, lean over the tween and tell the couple that they needed to put a blanket over the nursing child because there were kids on that flight. The father refused. The indignant attendant promptly moved the tween to the back of the plane, to make sure she was not scarred for life from seeing a mother nursing her baby.
This is crazy. This is what is wrong with our society. Breastfeeding is natural and beautiful, not something seedy. In my opinion, this flight attendant went overboard. What’s more shocking is that she herself was a woman and took offense. Where is the compassion? A mother discretely nursing her baby is not the same as a woman exposing her breasts for no reason at all. Believe me, I have seen plenty of gratuitous cleavage in my lifetime and no one has ever been moved to the back of the plane for it. No one has been shamed or made to feel dirty.
The mother filed a complaint with American Airlines only to be half-heartedly apologized to and sent their policy on breastfeeding on the plane which asks that mothers “cover-up”. I am sure the flight attendant in question only received a slap on the wrist, if any reprimand at all.
Look, breastfeeding mothers are not asking for special treatment. No one is asking for a lactation lounge on the airplane, but they also shouldn’t be asked to cover up and hide like they’ve done something wrong.
What do you think of how American Airlines handled this situation?