Friday, November 17, 2006

Freedom Airline takes some responsibility; doesn't apologize

More news as the story is evolving. Note that no one has accused nursing Mom Emily Gillette of unruly conduct in this situation. MISSING so far is an actual apology to Emily Gillette and her family.

From the Burlington Free Press:

Freedom Airline responds to breastfeeding incident, passenger disputes airline statement

2 Comments:

Blogger MojoMom said...

Additional info: You might be interested to know that the Berkeley Parents Network archive from 2002 has a long discussion about public breastfeeding, including experiences on airplanes.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with everything you've said about breastfeeding in public, and I'm horrified that this nursing mother was treated this way on an airplane. I nursed my son for 13 months and breast-fed him on many domestic flights. In addition to being a radical act, as you said, I would further state that it is a PRACTICAL act - it is how we feed the child! No one would argue with anyone else pulling out a granola bar or bag of chips and eating, and the American Medical Association encourages women to breastfeed an infant for 12 months. Where, then, shall we breastfeed them? In our bedrooms with the shades drawn for 12 months? Shaming women for breastfeeding is just another way to silence and marginalize them, and to relegate essesntial acts of motherhood/parenthood to "bodily function" status. I am so pleased to read about the "nurse-in" and other responses from the feminist, mothering movement.

8:43 AM  

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