‘I was breastfeeding on flight when male cabin crew threw a blanket over me’

Going on holiday with a baby can be nerve-wracking – you’re worried they’ll cry or be in pain on take off.

Plus, fellow passengers can be rude or even make comments if your little one starts crying.

While flight attendants have previously said that they don’t mind babies crying – but do mind people complaining about it – that doesn’t always help.

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Especially because there are other concerns to be managed such as having to breastfeed while flying.

One mum has revealed that a flight attendant on her flight was rather insulting and lobbed a blanket at her to make her cover up – despite the fact you're legally allowed to breastfeed on a plane.

Priya, 27, revealed: "A male flight attendant threw a blanket at me while I was breastfeeding and said it was to make me ‘more comfortable.’"

She revealed her experience with travel experts at eShores, as part of a group of single parents sharing travel horror stories.

Over on Reddit, fellow mums offered some advice for nursing comfortably while flying.

One mother wrote: “The window seat is best for comfortable "private" nursing because it's you, baby, and the window…

“The middle seat is awful, but I thought the aisle seat was the absolute worst for nursing in because not only are there people sitting right next to you, but my kid inevitably stuck his head in the aisle or got his feet clipped by the people walking by.”

She added: “If you're having a hard time and you need to SEE what's going on, don't feel like you're a failure if you have to get some quiet and privacy.

“I went into the bathroom and just took off my shirt, sang a song and he latched.”

Another mother added: “Travel (neck) pillow! It's basically a mini boppy.”

A boppy is a nursing pillow that can help to provide support and comfort for your baby – and it seems neck pillows can do the same thing.

If you’re still conscious of breastfeeding on the plane it can be important to know your rights.

The NHS website states: "It is illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.""

If you're worried, check your airline carrier's policy and have it to hand – that way if anyone makes a fuss you can alert the flight attendants to the issue or reiterate their own airline's policy to them.

You’re also allowed to bring baby milk, formula and expressed milk onto the plane outside of your liquid allowance.

The gov.uk website website states: "When travelling with a baby you’re allowed to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water for the journey.

"There is no legal limit to how much you can take however check with your airport before you travel."

It added: "You can carry breast milk in hand luggage even if you’re not travelling with a baby. You cannot carry frozen breast milk in hand luggage.

"Individual containers of breast milk must hold no more than 2,000ml. Each container will need to be screened at the security point."

So, have no fear as it’s perfectly legal to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby on-board.


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