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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This post is in response to this.

Hello Gillian,
I was recently made aware that WestJet has a policy of providing nursing mothers with blankets if they choose to nurse while flying. I am concerned because this policy is not in accordance with breastfeeding laws in both the United States and Canada. A woman has the right to feed her child wherever she is allowed to be. The forceful proffering of a blanket by a hostess is nerve-wracking and anxiety provoking, which is overwhelming when combined with the stresses of flying with a child. It is my understanding that the flight attendants are there to help insure that the flight is as comfortable as possible for passengers. As a woman, it is important for me to know that your airline will make any flights I choose to make with you as comfortable as possible.

I would ask that the current policy be changed so that blankets are made available to nursing mothers only when requested by the nursing mother.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. I look forward to your response.

Jocelyn Duesler Rebisz

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Kara said...

That is really well written. I will send a letter as well! How crazy people get about breastfeeding. You know, there was a time where this was the norm and no one though twice about it. We don't tell cows to cover up, do we! AND..we drink their milk...CRAZY! I'm not sure what conservative freak made this an issue, but I would like to have a word with him/her!

Sorry..pregnancy will make you full of RAGE...especially when it comes to feeding babies the right way!

Love you!! xoxoxo

Pamela said...

Well-put, Joce. Did you read Her Bad Mother's blog? (She's the one who was 'kindly offered for her convenience' a blanket in the first place.) The poor lady was on her way home from visiting her gravely ill nephew in the hospital on the opposite side of the country. Talk about poor timing.

Oooh, Kara. Be careful when using the phrase "conservative freak" on the Rebisz (R-NY) blog. Them's fightin' words.

Rebz said...

I know my dear friend Kara means conservative freak as in "someone who won't change something that should be changed" (namely her/his weird views on boobies) and was not taking a jab at her/his possible political views.

Kara said...

correct indeed Jocelyn! That was the nicest way i could try and explain the person without using profanity!

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