KLM under Fire after Breastfeeding Mom Asked to Cover up so as Not to Offend Other Passengers
The passenger told her story through a post on the airline’s Facebook page that went viral and has received thousands of comments supporting breastfeeding, although some people still defend the airline.
After a month of having gone through an uncomfortable time while traveling with her one-year-old daughter on a flight with KLM, and having made the complaint directly at the airline's offices when she got to her destination, she decided to write her history on social media recommending others not to fly with them.
If you are a mom who breastfeeds your baby don’t travel with KLM, that was this California mom’s recommendation after being completely offended when the flight attendant offered her a blanket to cover herself while breastfeeding her baby.
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Well, our breastfeeding journey is quickly coming to an end, and I have to say I have incredibly mixed emotions about it. I’m excited to have my body back, and not be a human beverage dispenser, but we have come so so far from where we started. I remember being in tears one week postpartum because I just couldn’t get Wy to latch, and I was feeling frustrated, hopeless, and unable to relax. I met with numerous lactation consultants and my doctor, and I said I would give it six weeks to try to establish a breastfeeding routine. It’s funny, because it was like clockwork - one day we just hit our groove, and it became something that didn’t consume me completely, but rather a time I looked forward to with my babe. We’ve been exclusively breastfeeding and pumping anywhere and everywhere for 10 months. It’s amazing to think that I helped to give him the best start I could by nourishing his little body, and helped him develop those chunky thighs I’m so in love with. I’m now trying to savour these last few nursing sessions when it’s just the two of us, as he self weans. Raising a tiny human is not an easy thing, but I’m so grateful I’ve been able to do it with the love and support of those around me. #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #nursing #liquidgold #breastfeedingmama #postpartum #momlife
She explained that certain passengers might be offended and that the company's policy was to seek the greatest satisfaction and comfort for all passengers, and that for cultural reasons, breastfeeding in public could be offensive to one of its multicultural passengers.
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I feel so emotional writing this post... but my breastfeeding journey has come to an end. If I had my way, we wouldn’t be done just yet. I have been working to delay this as long as possible, but for a couple weeks our feedings weren’t the same, and Finn wasn’t interested anymore. ⠀ The sadness reminds me of the baby blues right after Finn was born. It feels so real and so deep, yet irrational and hard to put into words. I know I’m so fortunate to have breastfed Finn for over 10 months, let alone at all. But emotionally I’m heartbroken that we won’t be continuing this journey together. ⠀ I keep re-playing the last feeding in my head, wishing he was still perfectly nestled up against my squishy body, with his tiny fingers wrapped around mine, and staring into my eyes like I’m the most important person in the world. I loved counting each and every eyelash on his face, watching him pucker his lips in his deep sleep, and wondering what he was dreaming about when he kept smiling. ⠀ For me, breastfeeding was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It wasn’t so much the physical; the day Finn was born, he latched immediately and nursed around the clock. I thought everything was going to be easy and perfect. The difficulty was emotional. ⠀ A friend once told me this, and it’s exactly how I feel: “Nursing a newborn is a sacrifice, and a gift, unlike anything else in the world. For what seemed like an eternity, I was the only one that could help him; the only one that could soothe him; the only one that could nourish him. He was entirely dependent on me and no one could help me through it. ⠀ Often, during those hazy, sleep-deprived first months, I thought that I couldn’t go on. I was so so tired- mind, body, and soul. I constantly told myself “just get though this night. Just get though this day. Just get through this week.” I was forever bargaining with myself to hold on a little longer. It’s hard to explain why it was so hard, but it was. I suppose it was a combination of exhaustion, isolation, hormones, and the feeling of judgement.” ⠀ And then one day, it just got easier. And I looked forward to it and never wanted it to end.” ⠀ ✨ Continued in comments:✨
The truth is that no passenger had complained yet, nobody. The mother considered that the employee of the airline was expressing her personal opinions and beliefs.
She explained that during the whole flight the employee didn’t look into her eyes when they spoke again after she refused to take the blanket. Breastfeeding is a human right protected by law in most countries
The campaign against KLM is not limited to Facebook, the company has been bombarded also on Twitter with messages claiming that babies human right to be breastfed should be respected at any time and place if they demand it.
It must be remembered that the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund recommend exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and then complementary with other foods, minimum up to two years.
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#repost @tori.mccain⠀ 🔟 truths about your postpartum body⠀ .⠀ 1. It grew and nourished a baby.⠀ 2. It’s journey is unique, and that’s what makes it special. ⠀ 3. It’s changed both physically and mentally. ⠀ 4. It won’t look like hers, but that’s okay!⠀ 5. It never failed you. It always mattered.⠀ 6. Sometimes we might not like it or the changes, but it’s always keeps us moving and living life! ⠀ 7. It doesn’t need to be “fixed”, just loved and taken care of. ⠀ 8. It goes at its own pace and doesn’t need to be pushed. ⠀ 9. It needs support and loving encouragement. ⠀ 10. It is capable, strong, beautiful, and powerful!💪🏻♥️@⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #breastfeeding #breastfeedingjourney #postpartum #postpartumbody
It is incredible that in the 21st century the KLM company can allow some passenger to see films with strong themes including sex scenes, but they can not stand that a mother can leave some skin exposed when she is breastfeeding her baby.
Even if a passenger has a top or a very revealing shirt it would be interesting to know if the airline would give her a blanket to cover her breasts, because in some cultures that women little or transparent clothing may be offensive.
Nursing moms and whoever has read this woman’s recommendation, have expressed solidarity with her and promised not to travel with KLM. We’ll see what happens, meanwhile, the company has been very soft in responding to the scandal.