A couple for the “GRRRRR” column:
First, in “ Breast-feeding in a time of war”, we find the story of a Canadian mother who was (allegedly) threatened with detention and legal charges after she decided to breast-feed her child on a Continential flight. There’s a bit of “she said, they said” going on with the actual events; I care less about that than what Continential offers up as their official policy:
Continental Airlines spokesman Rahsaan Johnson told me that the airline does not have a policy that prohibits breast-feeding on board.
Which also means, of course, that they don’t have a policy that says you’re allowed to, either — which in all practical terms means that it’s up to the discretion of the flight attendants. Which brings us to this:
But Wolfe says a flight attendant told her that if someone - anyone - complains, the mothers are supposed to change diapers in the bathroom and nurse at the back of the plane. This has its own unpleasant connotations, never mind the fact that passengers must stay in their seats during takeoff, landing and turbulence.
Something to consider the next time you’re selecting an airline.
And also in the “naked boobies must be smutty” category, I should note last week’s story about a Dallas area woman whose children were removed from the home after an over-zealous PhotoHut employee decided that some snapshots of a breastfeeding child were child pornography.
Digital cameras, moms and dads, digital cameras. And be damn careful who you show the “baby’s first bath time” vidoe to…