Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Get a clue!!!

For those who think that nursing in public is not an issue anymore, read this (ooh, just realized, registration required). The gist: a woman nursing her child in a Delta commuter plane was told she was offending the flight attendant, and was forced off the plane. This is in complete violation of Delta's policy toward nursing mothers, but it happened anyway.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the first thing my pediatrician told me when we said we were going to fly with the baby, was "Nurse on the way up, nurse on the way down." This is not just to feed the child, but is to relieve earaches from the changing pressure, and of course to calm them so that they don't scream the entire time.

What kills me, though, is that the story has a survey asking whether the protesters have a point. And FORTY ONE PERCENT of respondents say no. You've got to be kidding me. Get out there, folks, and change those numbers.

6 Comments:

Blogger Janelle Renee said...

This makes me wonder... if I were on that same plane, and I complained that I was offended by the flight attendant's stupidity--er, I mean "sensitivity"--to nursing babies, would they have removed him (or her)?

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Unfortunately, all you need is a flight attendant to have a buddy in security (or whoever they called) and they can say "unruly passenger, disrupting flight" and they will boot you right off the plane.
I never flew with Gayle when she was an infant, but we have her drink juice during takeoff and landing because of the ear popping thing. I wonder why she didn't ask for the manager? (or maybe she did and they refused to come out?)

10:27 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

This is not just to feed the child, but is to relieve earaches from the changing pressure

See, Britney gets around this problem by having her flying babies chew gum.

12:56 AM  
Blogger emily said...

Here's a petition...
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/momsrising/signUp.jsp?key=1772&t=petition.dwt

5:16 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

What is up with flight attendants? Over the summer a flight attendant freaked out because a gay couple travelling together snuggled up and one guy slept with his head on the other's shoulder, and the flight attendant woke them to tell them that was not appropriate behavior and they were going to have to stop.

9:42 AM  
Blogger belledame222 said...

Andy, are you fucking kidding? GAH. i do hope there's a lawsuit there.

and yeah, terrific. of course, the baby can be SCREAMING the entire time, there's nothing we can do about that; but by God let's not let mom discreetly whip out a breast to feed it; that might DISTURB THE OTHER PASSENGERS.

breasts=security hazards, immoral, threat to society

-is- there some point where we might join the 21st century? or at least you know the latter half of the -last- one?

8:27 PM  

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