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.
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.
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.
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.