Breastfeeding Tallahassee mom told to cover up by Delta flight crew

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:10 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A Tallahassee mother is demanding an apology from Delta Airlines after she says she was targeted by two flight attendants.

Over the weekend Casey Yu was returning home to Tallahassee from Connecticut with her 1-year-old son, Will.

It was on Flight 2655 from Atlanta to Tallahassee where she says she ran into a problem.

”There was nobody sitting net to me, or us,” Yu said. “It was probably 20 til 10 at night.”

Yu and her son were on the way home from a family member’s funeral. It was late at night after a long weekend.

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”He (Will) was indicating he was hungry and wanted to nurse, so I unlatched my bra strap, I turned him toward me and had him facing me,” Yu said.

One year old Will is Casey’s third child. She’s breastfed them all, even on planes, plenty of times. She didn’t think much about it this time either.

”He’s nursing and getting ready to sleep,” Yu said.

Until Casey says she was approached by a female flight attendant.

”She was walking toward me, opening up a plastic bag that had a blanket in it,” Yu said. “She pulled it out and said ‘here, this is for you’. I asked what it was for because I didn’t ask for a blanket and she said it was ‘for you to cover up while you’re nursing.’ I said I don’t need that, thank you. She said ‘well, we’re getting complaints about this.”

Yu says this is the first time she’s ever run into a problem breastfeeding any of her kids.

”I was stunned about this,” Yu said. “I was like are you kidding me?”

Casey, however says this was just the beginning. Moments later, a second flight attendant showed up.  

“He was really aggressive,” Yu said. “He leaned over me while I was nursing and said I’m going to need you to cover up. I said no, I’m not covering up. I’m not doing anything wrong. It’s within my rights as a mom who is breastfeeding to feed my baby where I need to.”

Yu says she was not overly exposed and per Delta Airlines policy, refused to put the blanket over her and her child.

This is when Yu took to Twitter, sending out a series of tweets and reaching out directly to Delta Airlines.  

One tweet posted at 10;25 p.m. read “My baby and I decide when to nurse. MY BODY, not yours.”

The support quickly came in. Followers taking to Twitter, Yu’s blog, and even on Delta’s Facebook page.  

Dan Boldman wrote: “When are companies going to learn that babies need to eat and their mommies don’t have to hide while they are feeding them?”

Melissa Harley wrote in as well, saying “When will Delta learn that babies have the right to EAT on their airplanes!”

Jennifer Margulis also wrote in on Delta’s Facebook page saying “Aboslutely NOT OKAY that you allowed two employees to treat this mom this way.”

“It’s been incredible to see how much support we’ve been getting from other moms, moms who have breastfed and moms who have not breastfed,” Yu said.

When they landed in Tallahassee, Yu says she approached the two flight attendants and asked to see a supervisor.

While they waited, Yu says the discussion was taken up with the Captain who apologized, but says this is where the flight attendant’s stories took a turn.

“The female flight attendant said ‘I never said there was a complaint, I gave this to you out of yoru own comfort to cover up’,” Yu said. “If that were the case then why did you have somebody else come back and tell me to cover up?” 

To be fair, we reached out to Delta Airlines. Michael Thomas, a spokesman for the airline, tells us they are looking into the matter, but forwarded us to the airline’s website where their breastfeeding policy is posted.

It reads: “Delta fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and Delta facilities.”

Thomas adds that learn and knowing this policy is included in training for the airline’s more than 20,000 flight attendants.  

Delta Airlines has since reached out to Yu offering an apology and a refund.

Yu says the lesson here is not only for Delta, but for everyone.  

”I want all moms to know they can feed their babies however they want, whatever they want,” Yu said. “If they feel covering is comfortable then that is awesome.”

In the state of Florida, breastfeeding a baby may occur in any location, public or private, where the mother is authorized to be. It is not under any circumstance qualifies as an unnatural and lascivious act, nor is it considered sexual conduct.

In the state of Georgia, the basic act of nurture is allowed in any location where the mother and baby are authorized to be.

Forty-five states in total allow women to breastfeed in public places.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts about breastfeeding in public?

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