Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Breastfeeding shaming: Pumping on the Airplane

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Another recent breastfeeding shaming story in the news today. This time, a mom was using a hospital grade pump on the flight in order to pump milk for her kiddo. It's crazy because there's lots of heat over on facebook about it and I just have to share my two cents.

I'd put myself out into the media if I was humiliated because IDIOTS and BULLIES like that need to be put in their place. Standing behind a bully is JUST THE SAME as being a bully yourself. Standing up for someone who is being singled out and humiliated is HONORABLE. Her coming out and standing up for herself after being humiliated- she's a HERO. Period. End of that. 

That stewardess was BULLYING that poor woman for using a BREAST PUMP. I mean COME ON. That pump is the top of the line pump, costs nearly 2k, and is the QUIETEST pump on the market. I've used that exact model, so I can say that with complete conviction (I have tried six different pumps, so I can really truly give a good comparison). If she was using that pump, either she was loaded rich (likely not) or she rented it to attempt to keep up or increase her milk supply in order to provide nourishment for her child. Key point in fact- PROVIDE NOURISHMENT FOR HER CHILD. It is her RIGHT to provide FOOD for her child, and if that means she has to pump, then she has a right to do so. 

Not only that, breastmilk production is SUPPLY and DEMAND. Even skipping ONE feeding or pump session can drastically alter a woman's supply if they are already having supply issues. Understand this: that means women who have to pump to keep up supply have to WAKE UP every 2-3 hours throughout the night to pump to keep up with their supply- or it goes kaput. So, there isn't a CHOICE in that. 
People use laptops on the airplane, what's the difference? It's not like she had a PENIS hanging out of her pants. She COVERED her body with a blanket in order to be discreet, yet the stewardess called attention to the situation. Pumping in the bathroom is DISGUSTING. EFFING DISGUSTING. Let me cook your dinner in the bathroom, chop the veggies on the toilet seat, and tell me if it sounds appetizing. Yeah, I think not. And I wouldn't expect my CHILD to eat that meal, EITHER. 

The airline needs to issue a formal apology and that stewardess needs to be written up and provided with some serious sensitivity training.


  1. This is so sad. Hopefully the airlines will do some training with their stewardesses too.

  2. This is horrible. My stepdaughter is 22 years old, she is married, and is pregnant with her 3rd child. She has breastfed both of her of her children and will continue to do so with the third. I am so proud of her because she is young and still handles the critics well when she gets gawked at for breastfeeding the baby in public.

  3. I hope to breast feed when my little one is born, but stories like this scare me. I worry that I will be harassed for breast feeding. So, thank you for taking a stand!

  4. Disgusting, especially since the flight attendant was a woman. You'd think there would be SOME maternal instinct hiding in there somewhere. I am happy to say that I breastfed my daughter for 2 1/2 years, anywhere and anytime I wanted to. When she was an infant I just threw a recieving blanket over my shoulder. I would make a BIG stink over this incident, and forever boycott that airline! Shame on that flight attendant!

  5. Jeez, that really sad indeed. Aren't air hostesses supposed to be the most accommodating??. I got to know some new things about breast milk pumping too that I didn't know before. Thanks for doing this post.

  6. I agree with you.No one should feel a shamed or belittled for providing nourishment for their child.


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