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Breastfeeding moms hold ‘nurse-in’ at airport

Protest staged at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in response to American Airlines' reaction to in-flight feeding.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Aug 9, 2013 5:57PM

American Airlines has come under worldwide fire after a recent in-flight incident.

A mother, a member of the group the Milkmakers, was nursing her newborn son on a recent flight when a flight attendant asked her to cover up.

Still of moms holding a 'nurse-in' at BWI Marshall Airport to protest a breastfeeding incident involving American Airlines (CBS Baltimore, http://aka.ms/airport-nurse-in) More on MSN Living: Teen mom denied right to breastfeed

“It's common that breastfeeding moms are asked to cover up or asked to feed their babies elsewhere, when really it's illegal to do so,” Katy Whipple told CBS News. “They are allowed to breastfeed however and wherever they see fit.

In response to this incident, Whipple helped stage a "nurse-in" protest at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with about 25 nursing mothers and their babies.

The mother received a written apology, but friends say it isn’t enough.

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A media representative from American Airlines reiterates that the company apologized and says that nursing is allowed at any time during the flight.

Read the complete story on CBS News here.

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Photo: Moms hold a "nurse-in" at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to protest a breastfeeding incident involving American Airlines. (CBS Baltimore, http://aka.ms/airport-nurse-in)

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Aug 26, 2013 1:18AM
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I just think a woman breast feeding is a beautiful thing.  I don't get why people are so freaking up tight about it.
Aug 22, 2013 4:33AM
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alankanqt, you missed the part where I am the mother to 6 beautiful daughters, I breast fed all, and never once did I do it in public. Now you narrow minded nut case, get your facts straight!! Do not go around being "STUPID"(as you said I was) There is no reason to nurse a baby in public!!!  And I hope your husband has more sense than you.
Aug 22, 2013 4:27AM
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Okay your child won,t take a bottle, than I guess you use an area that is private. Why be bull headed? There are children, teenager around. Your right men can turn away, but  some won,t and they will be blunt with their remarks. That will make not just you, but a lot of other people uncomfortable and angry, it could lead to a fight, is that what you wnt to happen? We are living in an unrest world right now.  What about other peoples feelings, don,t they count?
Aug 20, 2013 7:38AM
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Those of you that are so condemning of breastfeeding mothers have either never breastfed or can't breastfeed. As a breastfeeding mother myself, it is not as easy as you may think it is to try and be discreet.  My child hides a modest portion of my boob and I am NOT small chested by any stretch of the imagination. I've seen waaaaaay more bare boob on someone wearing a bathing suit. So why aren't you angry over that? Something that is not necessary to show but angry over someone needing to feed their child which IS necessary and showing less? It would be nice if stores or other public places provided a place for us. Its gets pretty hot under a cover really fast. There probably are women who do it for attention, but the majority do not. I've also tried to put it in a bottle and my 11 week old will not accept it. What we are doing has been done since the beginning of time. If people back then were as prudish as you all are today, none of our butts would be here. Don't like it? No ones putting a gun to your head forcing you to look, are they? Do you belch or fart in public places even if you try to be quite about it? I'm positive people are offended by the smell even though its a natural thing. So quit being so pious. Do you now breastfed children are less likely to become obese? So breastfeeding is a great thing to do for your child and sometimes they get hungry at inopportune times.
Aug 19, 2013 10:42PM
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Private places should be provided in airports if only just a screen.  In other places where that can't happen, please cover up a little bit.  Not eveyone is comfortable seeing a bare breast all of a sudden, and the enormously personal interaction between mother and baby.  You also want to protect the moment from potentially freaky people.  Sorry, but that's the world we live in.

Aug 19, 2013 10:33PM
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I think breastfeeding is a private matter between mother and baby.  I personally do not want to watch a baby sucking on a mother's breast in public, especially in an enclosed environment like an airplane, you might as well have sex in public.  I do think though that there should be private areas for these things.  Everybody doesn't want to watch you breastfeed just like every man cannot go into the delivery room and watch a baby come out. I agree with you Kevin Mac and StopIt319, why can't I have a BM in public or pee in public, it's a natural function.
Aug 19, 2013 10:07PM
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Great, women can breast feed where ever they wish... and I can piss in a cup where ever I wish.

Sounds fair.

Aug 19, 2013 9:01PM
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I HATE to see women breast feeding the baby without some kind of material covering the mother's breast.  Yes, breast feeding is natural.  So is having a bowel movement.  Doesn't mean I want to watch either activity.

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