On my last flight on Delta I was told to cover up or go to the bathroom to nurse my 2year old son, after organizing a nurse in i am now inviting everybody to join the letter campaign. You can print out the following letter or go to delta.com and file a complaint by copying the letter into their message space (click customer service, complaint, inflight), personalize it or send your own. It you have any questions you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O. Box 20980
Atlanta, GA 30320-2980
To whom it may concern:
On the flight Delta 223 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Seattle on 6/11/11 Silvia Daeumichen of fairbanks, AK was told by a male flight attendant in a rude manner to cover up or go to the bathroom while nursing her 2 year old son. This is simply denying a woman her legal right to nurse in public, an act of humiliation and discrimination.
If there are passengers who are offended by the sight of a nursing mother, Delta employees need to take the side of the law and educate those passengers of a woman’s right to nurse in public, uncovered.
Nursing isn't just about nutrition but about physical closeness and bonding, something that mothers do for their children to provide them with the best start in life, physically and emotionally. Nursing is a lot of work. It is too much to ask mothers to restrict how and where they can nurse, and there is no good moral or legal reason. People who are offended need to take responsibility for their own feelings.
Specifically on an airplane flight, nursing provides not only general comfort but also enables small eustachian tubes to open, allowing for less painful air travel for children.
The truth is that there are half-naked women on magazine covers everywhere, laying all over cars and other items to be sold. There are plenty of nude and sex scenes in Hollywood movies, and the porn industry is booming. And yet a mother who wants to be there for her child gets punished for minimal exposure.
Considering that Delta has already been sued about a similar issue and their attitude apparently hasn't changed I am asking Delta to do an educational campaign within their cooperation and post the International Breastfeeding Symbols on their airplanes to set an example for the rest of society.