Why do people continue to display ignorance on the issue of breastfeeding?
March 27, 2008 5:24pm CST
To avoid getting this discussion knocked off I am going to avoid mentioning what airline this is, but by now you have all read about the woman who was instructed by the flight attendant to cover herself more fully while breastfeeding. The flight attendant apparently told the woman that other passengers would be offended once the seatbelt sign went off and people started moving about the plane. The airline has apologized to the woman. The woman said she was afraid the blanket provided by the airline would be too warm for the baby and make the baby uncomfortable while feeding and probably would make the baby cry. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_4368153 Come on!! No one complains if they show pictures of dogs or cats or cows nursing their young on TV. It's life. It's the SAME thing. Watch that one start an argument here, but it IS the same thing. The baby needs to eat, the food is there. Mothers are supposedly allowed to carry bottled formula or milk on planes, but as a mother who nursed my children, I can understand that some women don't like to combine nursing and bottle feeding, and that's just the fact, folks. I can't believe that after all the news that has gone on about this lately that there are still flight attendants and other public service employees (waiting staff in restaurants, bus drivers, airline staff, mall staff, etc.) who still think it is the obligation of the nursing mother to make sure other people are comfortable. No one has fits about people giving themselves diabetic needles in public, and I have seen this too. I think that would be even more uncomfortable for some although it's not for me. Hey, it's life. Deal with it. This is IGNORANCE. Dare you to call me on this one. Tell me a nursing mother needs to be more discreet. I don't think so. It makes me so angry. If it's your child, fathers, do you deny it comfort in public by telling your wife that she should cover up? To me it just shows immaturity on the part of the man, woman, flight attendant, wait staff, etc, whoever is involved.
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