A woman who was told over Twitter she must cover up while breastfeeding on her upcoming flight has ignited a social-media firestorm.
Lindsay Jaynes, who used the Twitter handle @ClassicHippie, tweeted @DeltaAssist ahead of her six-hour flight last week. She wanted to know the airline’s breastfeeding policy, as her 10-week-old son needs to eat every two hours and will not feed from a bottle or breastfeed under a cover.
@DeltaAssist So even though I am legally allowed to breastfeed without a cover, you’re saying I can’t? Is there a Delta written policy?
— Lindsay Jaynes (@ClassicHippie) February 21, 2014
And then Twitter exploded.
Everyday people and breastfeeding advocates jumped in, demanding an apology and clarification from the airline. Soon after, the main airline Twitter account @Delta, stepped in
You will be releasing a formal apology, correct @Delta? And your official policy along with employee training? Or this means nothing.
— The Leaky Boob (@TheLeakyBoob) February 21, 2014
“Delta welcomes breastfeeding mothers and babies on our flights. We sincerely apologize for the misinformation.”
And while the response from the Twitter-verse was overwhelmingly in support of Jaynes’ uncovered breastfeeding, there were some who felt strongly she should indeed cover up.
— Ray Junior (@RayJuniorShow) February 24, 2014
@ClassicHippie Shame on your for flying 6 hrs. with a 10 week old and for broadcasting your dispute with Delta. Follow rules or don’t fly.
— Karen (@kesjenkins) February 24, 2014
Delta isn’t the only airline that’s come under a social media firestorm when it comes to breastfeeding moms. In August, an American Airlines passenger said a flight attendant displayed “inappropriate, harassment-style behavior” when the passenger declined to cover her breastfeeding child with a blanket.
Neither Jaynes nor Delta Air Lines responded to ABC News’ request for comment.
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