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Breastfeeding Mom Was Not Allowed To Swap Seats With Her In-Laws In First Class To Pump Milk Privately

Date October 21, 2019 17:41

As a new mom, you're faced with various situations that require you to multitask and provide for your baby at any point in time. And when we are talking about breastfeeding, it can be difficult in some situations, for example when you are flying with a baby.

While the benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, breastfeeding mothers are still criticized for nursing in public. Different mothers have come to rely on a breast pump to have stored breast milk whenever their baby might need it and avoid public attention. But sometimes even pumping breast milk can cause problems.

Alix Anfang, a mother of a 4-month old baby, found herself in a situation where she could not provide for her baby due to inadequacies in the facilities of the Delta airline.

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Breastfeeding incident

The breastfeeding mother was on a 9-hour flight and claimed that the airline did not allow her to move to her in-law's first-class station to pump milk even though the bathroom outlets were not working with her electric breast pump.

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Her only other option was to feed her baby in front of everyone.

Alix, who is an Uber worker, called out Delta on Twitter while she was still on the flight. In her complaint, she said:

"Hey @delta the outlets in the bathroom not working so can't pump except at my seat in front of strangers. Tried alternative but you won't let me sit in my in-laws' first class seat to do it privately."

Delta airlines replied to her immediately, explaining that the plane's power outlets cannot work for electronic medical devices, like most airplanes, and that passengers have been encouraged to always come with rechargeable medical devices.

According to their website:

"While electrical outlets are available onboard Delta aircraft, these are not made to support medical device use. We do not provide onboard sources of power for medical devices, so you must bring a source of battery power if you're planning on bringing a device."

The airline's social media representative advised Anfang to speak to a flight attendant, who might be able to take her to the back, but Anfang claimed she was refused the request.

The airline told Yahoo lifestyle that a private alternative was later agreed to by Anfang.

They also appreciated Anfang's observations as it would assist them in making improvements in their airline.

The breastfeeding mother also commented saying she was glad she had spoken to the airline's representatives. Hopefully, they pay attention to Anfang's complaints and improve their services to new mothers.

Breastfeeding tips for new moms

Here are several tips for new mothers.

1. Breastfeed as soon as possible after giving birth, as this measure helps stimulate your milk supply as well.

2. Find a good breastfeeding technique.

3. Drink plenty of fluids: breastfeeding can make you very thirsty.

4. Breastfeed your baby frequently.

5. If something goes wrong, don't panic: ask for help if you need it.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding, ask your doctor or lactation consultant. Watch breastfeeding videos to know more about various breastfeeding techniques. Sometimes even a small adjustment to your approach can help.

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