Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Instant Messages (Chicago Sun-Times)

On Monday, Sun-Times columnist Laura Berman wrote about a "nurse-in" protest of Delta Air Lines after the carrier booted off a female passenger for breast-feeding; Berman urged social support for women who need to breast- feed in public. Readers responded:

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Mama-rama: Breast-feeding is not offensive (The Hub)

Maybe you've heard about the woman who was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight for nursing her daughter a couple of weeks ago. According to 27-year-old Emily Gillette of Santa Fe, N.M., she was in a window seat in the second-to-last row with her husband between her and the aisle, and no part of her breast was showing. Unfortunately for Emily, a flight attendant took offense and asked her to cover up with a blanket. When Emily declined, she and her husband and daughter were asked to get off the plane.

Now, I'm sure I don't have to tell you -- again -- how I feel about people who are offended by public breast-feeding. Basically, it begins with "too" and ends with "bad," with a "damn" in the middle there. The idea that feeding a child could be considered obscene or indiscreet, while every day thousands of men get away with plumber's crack scot-free, is enough to raise my blood pressure to dangerous heights.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Breastfeeding Rally To Take Place At DFW Airport (Press Release)

Nursing mothers and their supporters will be gathering on Friday, December 1 at 10 AM, at the Delta ticket counter in Terminal E of DFW airport.

On November 21, mothers and other advocates took part in a nation-wide nurse-in at roughly 40 U.S. airports. Like all of the rallies across the country, the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Nurse-in supported the right to breastfeed in all public and private locations, anywhere a mother and child might be, regardless of any issues of discretion. There was no formal national organization sponsoring this event, but amazingly, hundreds of mothers and other supporters turned out nation-wide. Unlike the rest of the nation, however, the supporters at the DFW Airport rally were harassed, insulted, and threatened with possible arrest by members of the DFW police (Department of Public Safety officers), and then asked to leave.

Though the right to breastfeed already exists, many people are unaware of this right, or may choose to challenge this right, or otherwise intimidate and cause discomfort for nursing moms, posing a great threat to the continuation and exclusivity of breastfeeding relationships and compromising the health of mothers and children, and the economic well-being of the society.

The goals of this Friday’s nurse-in are:

• To insist that the DFW Airport Police (DPS) apologize to the attendees of the November 21st rally for the unacceptable comments and threats, and provide documentation that training is being implemented to educate all DPS officers about the laws concerning breastfeeding in the state of Texas (specifically Texas Health And Safety Code Chapter 165 Section 002, which states “A mother is entitled to breastfeed her child in any location in which the mother is authorized to be,” as well as the definitions of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct). The DPS should ensure that in the future, officers will protect, rather than endanger breastfeeding relationships, by refraining from engaging in harassment of nursing moms and their children. The police should not approach breastfeeding mothers, but rather the mothers should be left alone.
• To hold Delta accountable for the removal of Emily Gillette from one of their flights and to insist that training procedures will be put into place to ensure that all staff at Delta and its subsidiaries will uphold and support a child’s right to breastfeed.
• To call for airlines to revisit their breastfeeding and transport of pumped breast milk policies, to support traveling families and working mothers who must travel for business and be separated from their children. Current policies about liquid items, which restrict the amount of pumped breast milk allowed on board with mothers who do not have their babies with them, compromise the health of babies who depend on pumped milk, and force mothers to dump precious breast milk that they have pumped while they were separated from their children. This situation is especially harmful for babies whose mothers already have difficulty pumping enough to meet the child’s needs during times of separation.
• To call for immediate passage of pending federal legislation that offers civil rights protection for breastfeeding women in the workplace, and new federal legislation to protect the right to breastfeed whenever and wherever mothers and their children are allowed to be, regardless of whether any part of the mother’s breast might be exposed during or incidental to the feeding. This legislation will clarify rights that already exist, and nullify any business policies or laws throughout the country that are already in place or might come into existence, which would infringe on a mother and child’s constitutional right to breastfeed (For example, Tennessee law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed a child in public only as long as the child is younger than 13 months of age).

The issue of breastfeeding rights goes far beyond a woman’s right to nurse - it also encompasses a basic human right for children, the right to eat and to receive comfort and nurturing at the breast.

The Nurse-ins have been coordinated by volunteers.

Get past breast-feeding unease (DesMoines Register)

News that Delta kicked a family off a flight in October because the breast-feeding mother refused to cover her baby with a blanket is unfortunately not surprising.

Despite growing knowledge about the health benefits of breast-feeding - as if nourishment weren't enough - many people still feel uncomfortable about public breast-feeding.

Remember a few years ago in Iowa when a West Branch restaurant owner asked a nursing mother to cover up, go to the restroom or leave? She left.

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Airlines gain extension in breast-feeding case (Burlington Free Press)

Delta Air Lines and Freedom Airlines have asked for an extension to answer the charge that they violated Vermont's Public Accommodations Law when a breast-feeding passenger was kicked off a flight in October, according to the attorney representing the woman.

The air carriers were supposed to respond to the Vermont Human Rights Commission by Monday, but instead were granted an extension and have until Dec. 14 to respond, according to Elizabeth Boepple, the attorney who is representing Emily Gillette of New Mexico.

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A little common sense (The Mountain Press)

Public breastfeeding OK if it's done with some privacy, sensitivity

It's not so much that people are offended by the very act of breastfeeding in public. It's that a few mothers just don't know how to do it discreetly. Those who make a production out of it and seem to want to attract attention are making it difficult for those who respect privacy and realize the sensitive nature of such an act.

It's funny how things can get quickly out of hand. A woman was ordered off an airplane recently for breastfeeding her daughter openly. Now that's become a rallying point for women all over. Several airports, including the one in Nashville, saw protests by women who object to what the airplane personnel did.

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Lawyer: Airline using 'avoidance tactics' (Bennington Banner)

MANCHESTER — Manchester lawyer Elizabeth Boepple, representing a woman who filed civil rights charges against Delta/Freedom airlines, issued a press release Monday morning intended to draw attention to what she calls "avoidance tactics" on the part of Delta and Freedom Airlines. Boepple is representing Emily Gillette, the mother booted off a the airplane in Burlington after a dispute involving the way she breastfed her child.

The statement, released by the Manchester firm of Witten, Woolmington, Campbell, and Boepple, announced that Delta and Freedom Airlines had failed to meet Monday's deadline to file an answer to Gillette's complaint that charges the airlines with violating her civil right to breastfeed her daughter. Gillette, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., was asked to leave an Oct. 13 flight out of Burlington after she refused a Freedom Airlines flight attendant's demands to cover her 22-month-old daughter with a blanket while she breast-fed.

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Keeping the Skies Safe from Nipples and Muslims (CounterPunch)

The unwarranted removal of passengers from a domestic air flight has triggered an investigation, a discrimination complaint and a national protest.

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Putting Breast Milk to Good Use (Time Magazine)

A Minnesota mom finds a way to send surplus milk to HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa

Geny Cassady's daughter Madison was born last November with a congenital heart defect and needed surgery at five days old. While she was hospitalized, nurses encouraged Cassady to pump and store breast milk for her daughter's recovery. But that time never came — Madison died of a pulmonary embolism less than two weeks later. For a month, Cassady couldn't look at the containers in her freezer because the sight of the unused milk was too hard to bear. "It wasa very difficult time," she says. Her husband, Bill, finally poured them down a sink drain while she was out.

The Cassadys didn't know of any other choice; doctors and nurses at the hospital hadn't offered any alternatives other than disposing of it. But now a program named for their daughter offers a way for mothers who have lost children to donate their milk in an effort to help some of the world's most vulnerable children. The Madison Cassady Program is a part of the larger International Breast Milk Project, which helps feed children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Africa with surplus breast milk from mothers in the U.S.

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Delta Airlines Joins 21st Century (The Nation)

The Nation -- I'm happy to report some insta-progress on the Delta Air Lines breast-feeding scandal, which I've been chronicling hereat the Notion. For those who've been out of the loop: a mother (in crunchy Vermont!) was thrown off a plane for the dire national security breach of nursing her baby. A remarkable number of people -- over 20,000 -- signed a petition by MomsRising, an online mothers' political group (an excerpt from the founders' new book, by the way, recently appeared in the Nation). Countless numbers of people were inspired to call Delta about the incident, and many also participated in protests and "nurse-ins" at Delta terminals across the land. Last week Delta issued an apology, as well as chiding its subsidiary, Freedom Airlines, which operated the plane from which the lady was so rudely escorted. Here's Delta's morsel of holiday crow: "Delta Air Lines supports a mother's right to breastfeed her baby onboard our aircraft. We regret the decision to remove the passenger from Flight 6160 as it was not in keeping with Delta's high service standards, and we are coordinating with Freedom Airlines to ensure that they deliver the level of service we expect for all of our customers."

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Time to support breast-feeding (Chicago Sun Times)

Breast is best, didn't you know? But don't show those precious breasts in public, or else.

It seems that women just can't win when it comes to their breasts. Last week, a nationwide "nurse-in" took place to protest a flight attendant who had a breast-feeding mom thrown off a plane for refusing to cover up. Emily Gillette was seated with her husband during a three-hour delay on a flight out of Burlington, Vt. When asked by a flight attendant to cover herself with a blanket while she breast-fed her daughter, Gillette refused. She and her family were escorted off the plane and rebooked on a different airline the next morning.

Women everywhere were outraged and a "nurse-in" in response took place last Tuesday. At 10 a.m., impassioned women gathered at Delta Airlines ticket counters across the country to show their support for Gillette and every woman's right to breast-feed her child.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Lampert Smith: UW rethinks its stadium lactation (Wisconsin State Journal)

I'm pleased to announce a breakthrough in the "breast wars" at Camp Randall Stadium.

There will be no need to strap a nursing bra on the statue of Barry Alvarez, paint nipples on the white footballs on that ugly sculpture outside the stadium, or stage a "nurse-in" at the Capital One Bowl. (Although it was fun hearing all of your ideas, really!)

The folks in the UW Athletic Department have heard the complaints loud and clear about the nursing mom who was turned away from the first-aid station where she had hoped to use her breast pump. They have apologized profusely for not doing a better job helping her find one of Camp Randall's seven new family restrooms. (The upper deck, where that mom has been a season- ticket holder for many years, doesn't have one.)

And they want to make it very, very clear that they didn't kick her out of the stadium for breast-feeding.

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No modesty (Patriot News)

Whatever happened to modesty? Why do women think, just because they're nursing a baby, that they can let it hang out?

Not everyone wants to look at a breast. I'm tired of being bombarded with naked bodies and breasts.

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Decriminalizing breast feeding (Baltimore Sun)

If there is one area of human behavior into which legislatures should not have to intrude, it would surely be breast feeding.

Nature's brilliant plan for nourishing infants that also helps support tiny immune systems is regarded by medical experts as superior to any substitute method and thus widely encouraged.

Yet more than 40 states, including Maryland, have enacted statutes to affirmatively assert a mother's right to nurse her child in public or at least to exempt her from criminal prosecution under indecency laws. A more sweeping proposal is also pending at the federal level.

Is this necessary? It shouldn't be. But the genesis of such laws was made clear enough recently when a nursing mother was put off a Delta Air Lines flight in Vermont because she refused to put a blanket over her child's head.

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Breastfeeding simply requires some modesty (Statesman Journal)

This is regarding the article about the woman removed from the plane because she refused to cover herself while nursing her child.

I know that breastfeeding is natural and wonderful for both mother and child, and I agree. However, it is not unreasonable that the woman cover herself for her modesty and those around her.

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Engage in some modesty when breast-feeding (The Leaf-Chronicle)

After reading an article in the paper titled "Nursing moms support women taken off plane," I was simply appalled.

This woman was taken off the plane not because she was breast-feeding but because she refused to cover up.

I support breast-feeding to the fullest. I have three children of my own, and I breast-fed all of them up to one year old, but never did I feel the need to bare myself to the public.

When I breast-fed in a public place, I always covered up, for my own comfort as much as for everyone else's comfort.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Rep. Maloney Hails Nurse-In at Delta Ticket Counter (press release)

NEW YORK, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the breastfeeding advocates and new mothers who staged nurse-ins at the Delta Airlines ticket counters at JFK Airport and other airports around the country earlier today. The advocates and new moms initiated the nurse-ins after Delta Airlines employees removed a nursing mother and her family from one of its flights earlier this month.

“I commend the women who are out at airports all over the country today to help make sure that women can breastfeed if they choose to,” said Rep. Maloney. “Breastfeeding is healthy and natural and women who choose to breastfeed their children should not be discouraged, regardless if they are at home, at work or on an airplane. This incident again shows that we need to do more to back women who choose to breastfeed in this country -- which is exactly what my legislation, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, would do.”

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Metro moms stage 'nurse-in' protest (The Detroit News Online)

Airline's treatment of woman draws ire

ROMULUS -- Ten moms, a grandma and a contingent of diaper-clad rabble rousers staged a "nurse-in" at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday as part of a nationwide protest against the treatment of a nursing mother aboard a plane.

Emily Gillette and her family were escorted off a plane departing from Burlington, Vt., on Oct. 13 after she refused to cover up while nursing her 22-month-old toddler during a flight on Freedom Airlines, a contractor for Delta Air Lines.

Mothers across the country are buzzing about the incident on Internet sites like and Motheringdotcommune.

The grassroots protests, with no identifiable leadership, occurred at 10 a.m. at Delta ticket counters nationwide.

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Breast-feeding debacle damages Delta (Berkshire Eagle)

Last week, dozens of self-proclaimed "lactivists" held protests at Delta Air Lines ticket counters throughout the United States. The women nursed children in a show of support for Emily Gillette, a New Mexico woman who, on Oct. 13, was ordered off a Freedom Airlines flight about to take off from Burlington International Airport in Burlington, Vt. Gillette's offense was not making a bomb threat or even carrying a forbidden bottle of shampoo aboard the plane, a Delta subsidiary. Rather, she and her family were removed from the flight by a flight attendant who took offense at the woman for openly breast-feeding her 22-month-old daughter during a delay.

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Breastfeeding campaign offers legitimate advice (Elmira Star-Gazette)

Kathleen Costello wrote in an Oct. 2 column that the "use of scare-tactics and negative advertising is inaccurate and irresponsible," in regard to the breastfeeding campaign. This campaign is not irresponsible. Let's take the in-your-face, anti-smoking campaign. It goes to extremes to get the message across that you should stop smoking. Where are the complaints about the smoking campaign?

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Mothers Rally to Back Breast-Feeding Rights (

Karen Gral knows how difficult it is to travel with small children: standing in long lines with squirming toddlers, dealing with new security rules that prohibit liquids -- including some baby foods -- and lugging strollers, car seats and diaper bags through airports.

For her, the finish line is sitting on the airplane and breast-feeding her hungry and worn-out 16-month-old to sleep.

So when the Alexandria mother of two heard that a family was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight last month because the mother refused to cover her baby with a blanket while breast-feeding, Gral decided to join 70 people at Reagan National Airport yesterday for a "nurse-in" in front of the Delta ticket counter. Similar protests were held at more than 30 airports around the country, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where 62 people gathered in support of Arlington native Emily Gillette.

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Mums begin 'lactivism' after airline bans breastfeeding (The Australian)

IT'S ironic that since a lot of US airlines - airlines everywhere, actually - treat you like cattle that they also might get a bit squeamish over the thought of a dairy.
But last month a nursing mother was ejected from a plane about to take off in Vermont because she was trying to breastfeed her baby

The extraordinary tale has sparked a discrimination complaint from the mother, Emily Gillette, and a huge embarrassment for the airline, Delta. The brouhaha here has also sparked a form of protest being dubbed "lactivism".

Over the past week there's been rolling breastfeeding sit-ins where dozens of nursing mothers position themselves in front of the Delta airline counters in protest and, like maternal gunslingers, unleash their bosoms and latch on their babies.

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Discretion and tolerance (Lowell Sun)

No one with any common sense is going to argue against a mother breast-feeding her baby. Numerous studies have shown that breast milk gives infants lasting protection against infections, colds, flu and pneumonia, is believed to help prevent asthma and may reduce the likelihood of obesity.

Breast milk is the preferred nourishment for a child's first six months of life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

However, common sense also suggests that mothers use discretion while nursing since a part of their anatomy the law normally requires clothed must be uncovered to breast-feed. Unexpectedly seeing a mother nursing her baby can make some people uncomfortable.

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My Tits and My Toddler Fly the UNfriendly Skies (The Huffington Post)

For the second time in less than a week I will board a now infamous Delta partner flight and lift up my shirt. Some passengers will turn away in disgust. Some passengers will nod in approval. Some passengers will do a double take in the hopes of seeing some action. And while I breastfeed, some passengers will dare to tell my daughter to eat her meal in the toilet.

In the end, it's not the passengers I worry about- I can handle those of you sitting alongside me in coach. I'm wondering if the power hungry flight attendants will see my breasts as a threat to national security or a disruption to the carrier. Will I, or won't I, be allowed to feed my 19-month old on a plane? Just what exactly is Delta's position on public breastfeeding?

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Gov't stands firm on revised IRR of "Milk Code" (Phillipine Information Agency)

San Fernando City, La Union (23 November) -- The Philippines strongly supports and promotes breastfeeding to achieve a healthier nutrition rate of infants from the day of birth and onwards, and the government also adheres to reasonably strict standards for the entry of infant milk formula products here in the country.

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III, being the point person, stood firm on defending the Philippine government as well as the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Executive Order 51, otherwise known as the Milk Code.

The IRR, Duque explained was meant to "regulate indiscriminate advertising and promotion of products not founded on scientific evidence and studies."

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Backing breast-feeding (The Durnago Herald)

Protest at airport for ex-FLC student kicked off flight

Two dozen nursing mothers, some with other progeny in tow, gathered Tuesday morning at the Delta Air Lines ticket counter at the Durango-La Plata County Airport to protest the expulsion of a nursing mother from a Delta plane in South Burlington, Vt., last month.

Jennifer Smith breast-feeds her son Elliot during a "nurse-in" Tuesday at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. Smith was one of two dozen mothers who were protesting Delta Air Lines’ dismissal of Emily Gillette from an Oct. 13 flight for breast-feeding her baby on the plane.

Concurrent protests, called "nurse-ins," were planned Tuesday at more than 30 airports from Anchorage to Atlanta that Delta serves.

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Cover up, you offend me (Electric Newspaper)

THE flight attendant felt offended when Ms Emily Gillette of New Mexico breast-fed her 22-month-old daughter.

Protesting mum Velisha Lukovic holds her son Julien at Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida. -- REUTERS
Cover yourself with a blanket, she told Ms Gillette.

When the young mother refused, she was ordered off a Freedom Airlines flight that was about to leave Burlington International Airport.

Ms Gillette, who has filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, was sitting in a window seat next to her husband when the incident took place last month.

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Critics of nursing in public reveal hypocrisy (USA Today)

I am part of a small percentage of women who are commercial airline pilots. I am also a wife, mother and strong supporter and advocate of mothers who choose to breast-feed their children ("Nursing mom files complaint against airlines," News, Nov. 17).

In all my years of traveling about in public, I have never seen a nursing mother willingly expose herself to feed her child.

Yet, I can spot a nursing mother and child from across a crowded room because I am drawn to the beauty of the bonding between mother and child. I often flash a smile of support or offer words of encouragement because I know firsthand that nursing does not always come naturally or easily for all who attempt it — yet that mother has chosen to take the healthier choice of nourishing her child.

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Lactivists fight for the right to breastfeed (Guardian Unlimited)

America has been swept by an unusual protest movement. It is called lactivism and involves hundreds of women taking to the check-in counters of US airports to demonstrate the right to breastfeed their babies.

About 900 breastfeeding women demonstrated at 35 US airports on Tuesday outside check-in counters for Delta, one of the biggest domestic carriers. Groups of 30 or more women assembled by the counters, sat in a circle and began nursing their babies, some wearing "Got breastmilk?" T-shirts and their children in ones saying "Smart, cute and healthy. Thanks to Mom's milk."

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Mothers stage 'nurse-in' protest (

Nursing moms take to airports in show of solidarity

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Babies at the breast, protest signs close by, nursing mothers staged "nurse-in" demonstrations in airports across the country Tuesday, rallying behind a woman ordered off a plane for breast-feeding her daughter too openly.

"I truly hope it does get the message across," said Becky Fontana, 29, nursing her four-month-old daughter as she sat cross-legged on the terminal floor at Burlington International Airport.

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Nursing moms rally at airports (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Carrying signs with slogans such as "Best in-flight meal ever," scores of mothers breast-fed their babies at airports around the country Tuesday in a show of support for a woman who was ordered off a plane for nursing her daughter without covering up.

"It's about raising consciousness about our culture's sexualization of the breast. Breast-feeding needs to be supported wherever and whenever it happens. Babies don't know the meaning of `wait,'" said Chelsea Clark, 31, wearing a "Got breast milk?" T-shirt as she nursed her 9-week-old son at the Burlington airport.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

My morning has gotten away from me, so I will have to save my updates for this weekend.

I wish all a wonderful Thanksgiving - may your holiday be filled with family and friends and love, and may your travels be safe and uneventful.

Let nursing mothers be (Boston Globe)

BREAST-FEEDING is back in the news, thanks to a flight attendant for a small regional airline who ordered a nursing mother off a plane in Vermont last month. Advocates of this healthful practice rallied around, and yesterday chose one of the busiest airline travel days to stage "nurse-in" protests at airports around the country.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hathor's take on the Freedom Airlines incident

Hathor the Cowgoddess has a great comic on the Emily Gillette incident....

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Logan Airport Nurse-In

So, the newswires are all afire with the reports of nurse-ins across the country. Overall, the coverage has been fair, even favorable.

My daughter and I attended the nurse-in at Boston's Logan Airport this morning. Up until this very morning, I wasn't sure if we were going to be attending; the Peanut has been having a very emotional couple of weeks, grieving quite deeply and in a simultaneously complicated and straightforward manner for the loss of a beloved friend and family member. This morning, however, the Boston Globe covered the planned nurse-ins on the front page, and when I told my three year old about it, she was thrilled.

"But why did they make that mama get off the plane?" she asked. "Because the flight attendant didn't like breastfeeding," I explained. "Will they make me get off the plane the next we go on it?" she asked with great concern. Despite being weaned, once a breastfed child, always a breastfed child in her mind. "That's why the people are going to the airports, lovebug - because they don't want to see this happen to anybody else." She nodded solemnly and said, "I want to give the bag the boot* - let's go."

So off we went. There was a decent turnout, I think, considering that the nurse-in was organized only a week ago, that Logan is very difficult to get to right now and that the event was scheduled for 10 AM, which meant fighting commuter traffic while managing babes (a fact which many non-attendees cited as the reason for not going). There was a total of seven mothers and eight children, and everyone was peaceful and cheerful. The media attention was a bit overwhelming, to say the least. We had many folks smile and give us friendly waves as the walked past; a pair of men cheered, "Way to go, ladies!"

Overall, it was a great experience, and I'm glad we made the effort to get out and attend.

* A reference to the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition-sponsored rally we attended this spring

Bless The Moms Who Breast-Feed In Public Places (The Huffington Post)

As I write this, mothers are staging breast feed-ins at Delta Air Lines ticket counters all over the U.S.

They are protesting the actions of a Delta-affiliated airline's flight attendant, who removed a passenger who was (gasp) breast-feeding her baby.

Even though Delta has formally apologized, the symbolism involved in the removal of this passenger from the aircraft still sticks in my craw.

I am male, and I don't think I was breast-fed n public. But still:...

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Breastfeeding and probiotics may protect children from allergies, finds NoE (Cordis News)

The Network of Excellence (NoE) GA2LEN has presented evidence that breastfeeding, early diet and probiotics may have an effect on the development of allergies in children.

GA2LEN is funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and brings together 26 research centres from around Europe, as well as the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA).

The number of people suffering from allergies has increased dramatically over the past few decades. The phenomenon is particularly evident in children, with one in three now suffering from some sort of allergy. GA2LEN predicts that by 2015, half of all Europeans will have some sort of allergy.

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Breastfeeding moms protest discrimination by airline (

Breastfeeding mothers will conduct "nurse-ins" today against Delta Air Lines at more than a dozen U.S. airports.

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Local group urging support of measure on breast-feeding (The Transcript)

NORTH ADAMS — Berkshire Nursing Families might not be participating in one of the 19 planned "nurse-ins" scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at airports around the country — but the group is encouraging people to support a bill that protects the right of women to breast-feed in public.

"Massachusetts is one of only five states not to have legislation protecting nursing mothers in public," Rosalie Girard, director of Berkshire Nursing Families, said on Monday.

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Milk bank experiecing shortage, needs donors (

The Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin says it needs donors to help overcome a critical shortage

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A Breast Feeding Offensive(The National Ledger)

I’ve often thought that there are people in this world who spend their days walking around just looking for something to get offended about. An article in the November 17, 2006 edition of USA Today has confirmed that notion. The most inoffensive and natural act a person can perform, that of a mother nursing her baby, caused a young family to be removed from a Delta Airlines (operated by Freedom Airlines) flight back on October Thirteenth. Why? Because a flight attendant found it offensive.

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Nursing Moms Protest After Breastfeeding Mom Taken Off the Plane (Toronto Daily News)

Nursing mothers, along with their babies, staged protests around the U.S. airports after a woman was ordered off a plane for breast-feeding her 2-year-old daughter.

Women blocked the Delta Air Lines ticket counter waving signs saying "Don't be lactose intolerant" and "Breasts - Not just for selling cars anymore." Women also plan to breastfeed their infants in front of Delta ticketing counters around the country.

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Women To Promote Breast-Feeding At Airports (

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. -- Several women turned out at Bradley Airport Tuesday as part of nationwide protest involving breast-feeding mothers.

Breast-feeding mothers are conducting "nurse-ins" against Delta Air Lines at more than a dozen U.S. airports, including Bradley.

One woman at Bradley, 30 year-old Susan Parker, was breast-feeding her 10-month-old daughter.

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Mothers Breast-Feed In Protest (Click On Detroit)

The ejection of a nursing mother from a Delta Air Lines commuter flight last month prompted plans for "nurse-ins" held Tuesday at more than a dozen airports, including Detroit Metropolitan.

Emily Gillette, 27, filed a complaint last week against Delta Air Lines Inc. and Freedom Airlines, which operated the commuter flight for the Atlanta-based carrier, over the Oct. 13 incident at Burlington International Airport. In the complaint, Gillette said she was breast-feeding daughter River, 1, aboard the New York-bound plane when a flight attendant tried to hand her a blanket and told her to cover up.

When Gillette balked, she and her husband were ordered off the plane before takeoff, triggering a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, a "nurse-in" last week at that airport and now the national protest action, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. local time at 19 airports from Anchorage to Islip, N.Y.

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Will nurse-in protests hurt Delta's stock? (And, should I go?) (Blogging Stocks)

I'm a breastfeeding mama, my little guy is almost 19 months old and not showing any signs of wanting to wean. I nurse him in public whenever it's required (i.e.: whenever he's tired or fussy and a little warm milk will keep the volume down for a bit). Along with lots of other modern moms, I was pretty peeved when I heard the story of Emily Gillette, escorted off a Freedom Airlines flight because she wouldn't put a blanket over her breastfeeding daughter's head. (After a three-hour delay. At 10 p.m. In the window seat. In the second-to-last row. !!)

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Louisville mothers stage ‘nurse-in’ protest (The Courier-Journal)

Nursing their babies as holiday travelers passed nearby, nine mothers at Louisville International Airport joined in a national protest Tuesday in support for public breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding is not normal enough in our society,” said Jenny Claire Kragel, who was holding her 2-month old son, Soren. “And so we are just kind of here to spread the word that breastfeeding is normal and that it is not a crime to do it in public.”

They joined a host of women nationwide who staged protests at more than a dozen airports around the country, after the ejection of a nursing mother from a Delta Air Lines commuter flight in Vermont.

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Local women join in show of support for breast-feeding mom (WPRI Eyewitness News)

BOSTON Five mothers showed up with their infants today at the Delta Airlines ticket counter at Boston's Logan Airport. They were there to protest the removal of a nursing mother from a Delta commuter flight in Burlington, Vermont.

The so-called "nurse-in" at Logan was one of about a dozen held at airports around the country.

The mothers had not met before in person, but gathered at the airport after word of the New Mexico mother's case spread over Internet message boards.

Ali Crehan Feeney, a certified lactation counselor from Quincy, says she hopes the incident will lead to further action by airlines to protect women's breast feeding rights.

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Nursing moms take to airports in show of solidarity (

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. --Babies at the breast, nursing mothers staged "nurse-in" protests Tuesday to take up the cause of a woman ordered off a plane for breast-feeding her daughter too openly.

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Local Mothers Hold "Nurse-In" At Logan (WBZ Radio)

Five mothers with their infants today gathered at the Delta Airlines ticket counter at Logan Airport. They protested the removal of a nursing mother from a Delta commuter flight in Burlington, Vermont.

The mothers had not met before, but knew where to meet after word of the New Mexico mother's case spread over internet message boards.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Path smoother for breast-feeding moms (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Julie Maness, who twice returned to work while she was breast-feeding, has seen both the good and the bad when it comes to pumping breast milk on the job. The 38-year-old mother of two from Cahokia remembers pumping in a restroom stall following the birth of her older daughter, Molly, now 11.

"It was basically a carpeted warehouse," Maness says. "The bathroom was the best I could do there, so I would take my equipment into a stall and try to pump there and try not to touch anything."

In spite of those conditions, Maness pumped and nursed until Molly was more than 10 months old.

Circumstances were much better after the birth of Cordelia, now 5. Maness had taken a job at Fleishman-Hillard, where she still works as coordinator of accounts receivable. There was no lactation room or official policy for nursing moms, but her supervisors and employer were very supportive, even before her maternity leave.

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National 'nurse-in' set to protest treatment of mom (USA Today)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A national "nurse-in" will be held Tuesday to protest the treatment of a passenger who was kicked off a plane for refusing to cover herself while breast-feeding her baby.
A similar protest, in which mothers sat on the floor near the Delta Airlines counter, breast-fed their babies and held signs, took place at the Burlington International Airport last week.

Chelsea Clark, 31, of Fairfax, said she is using Web message boards to organize a national protest at Delta counters across the country. What happened to Emily Gillette, 27, of Santa Fe, has prompted an "out-swell of outrage," Clark said.

"This is for all of the nursing mothers in the country who felt that way," Clark said. "This is our opportunity to make a statement."

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

National event planned over treatment of breast-feeding passenger (Boston Globe)

BURLINGTON, Vt. --A national "nurse-in" will be held Tuesday to protest the treatment of a passenger who was kicked off a plane for refusing to cover her baby while breast-feeding.

A similar protest, in which mothers sat on the floor near the Delta Airlines counter, breast-fed their babies and held signs, took place at the Burlington International Airport last week.

Chelsea Clark, 31, of Fairfax said she is using Web message boards to organize a national protest at Delta counters across the country.

What happened to Emily Gillette, of Santa Fe, N.M., has prompted an "out-swell of outrage," Clark said.

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Irish mums ‘least likely to breast-feed’ (The Sunday Times)

IRISH mothers are the least likely in Europe to breast-feed their babies, according to a European commission survey of 23 countries.

More than two-thirds of Irish mums opt for the bottle, in striking contrast to their counterparts in Scandinavian and Eastern European countries who shun formula milk. The commission’s report on health and food found that just 34% of Irish women breast-fed their babies.

One reason for the low figure is that a high percentage of mothers are embarrassed about feeding their babies in public. Irish restaurants and hotels are still likely to ask breast-feeding mothers to move out of public areas, despite legislation banning the practice.

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Lampert Smith: UW boobs when it comes to breasts (Wisconsin State Journal)

You couldn't invent better Badger credentials than Amy Lee Olson's.

She's had season football tickets since 1988, the dark years of the Don Morton regime, and she worked 14 years at University Ridge Golf Course.

She's a former Badger wrestling cheerleader.

Her husband, Todd, was Bucky Badger from 1989 to 1993. They got engaged at the 1994 Rose Bowl.

Their youngest child, born in August, is named Madison.

Sadly, that littlest Badger is the cause of their beef with UW-Madison - and the reason Todd Olson went to Saturday's UW-Buffalo game with their older child, Cooper, leaving Amy and the baby at home in Maple Grove, Minn.

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Vermont woman helps nurse-in go national (Burlington Free Press)

A Fairfax woman is organizing a "nurse-in" at Delta Air Lines ticket counters across the country in response to hearing that a mother was kicked off a flight after she refused to cover up while breast-feeding.

Chelsea Clark, 31, a mother of two, said she is using Web message boards to communicate with mothers around the country to coordinate the nurse-in, which is slated for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

About 30 parents staged a nurse-in at Burlington International Airport on Wednesday, to show solidarity with Emily Gillette, a New Mexico woman who says she was booted from a flight leaving Burlington on Oct. 13. Gillette said she has filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, because Vermont law states a mother may breast-feed anywhere in public.

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NSU grad designs breastfeeding symbol (

Thanks to a design by Northern State University graduate Matt Daigle of Sioux Falls, the world has an official international breastfeeding icon.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006


It's not your typical Vermont headline:

"Mad Moms Stage Nurse-In"

When I saw that this had happened in the Green Mountain State, my next-door neighbor, I envisioned a horde of maniacal country matriarchs running amok, attempting to heal people against their will, and I wondered why Vermont had to enlist their help for such a mission when it already had Bernie Sanders.

Closer examination, however, revealed that the "mad moms" were a group of nursing (breastfeeding) mothers staging a protest at the Burlington airport by sitting in front of a ticket sales counter with their babies.

They were angered over the recent removal of a nursing mother passenger from a Freedom Airlines Burlington-to-New York flight because the woman had been breastfeeding on board and would not, when pressed to do so by a flight attendant, "discreetly" cover her baby's head with a blanket. When she refused, she was "booted off the plane."

I'm trusting that this was not done in-flight.

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Many St. Louis Companies Accommodate Nursing Mothers (

Many large St. Louis companies have lunch rooms for their employees. Some even have workout rooms or fitness centers.

But how do local businesses rate when it comes to accommodating the needs of working women who breastfeed?

Here's a look at how some of St. Louis' largest companies accommodate working mothers who nurse.

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For Hungry Baby, Unfriendly Skies (The Nation)

Just about everyone agrees that women should breastfeed their babies (if possible), but God forbid they ever leave their homes with said babies! The American Pediatric Association recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, saying that the practice reduces diarrhea, ear infections, and meningitis, and may also protect babies against SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), diabetes, obesity and asthma. Breastfeeding is becoming a far more acceptable topic of public discussion -- even, at times, a fashionable one, with numerous celebrity moms, including Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, crediting nursing with their speedy post-pregnancy weight loss. Yet some women do, amazingly, still encounter hostility when feeding their infants in a public place.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Ongoing Coverage of Breastfeeding Mom (

Emily Gillette, the mom making headlines around the word as “the woman kicked off a plane for breastfeeding,” contacted Mothering regarding her experience...

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Ex-FLC student kicked off Freedom airline flight for breast-feeding (The Durango Herald)

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - About 30 parents and their children sat in front of an airline counter Wednesday to protest the treatment of a New Mexico woman and former Fort Lewis College student who said she was kicked off an airplane for breast-feeding her child.

Mothers breast-fed their children and held up signs during the "nurse-in."

"I just think it's unbelievable that it happened in 2006, especially in Vermont" said Lora McAllister, a Swanton mother. "It's kind of mind-boggling."

Emily Gillette, 27, who lives in EspaƱola, N.M., thinks so, too, her father, Robert Oppenheimer of Cascade Village, said Thursday.

Gillette and her husband were scheduled to meet him and his wife, Michelle, in New York City on Oct. 14, Oppenheimer said in a telephone interview. Another daughter was flying in from London.

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Airline responds to breast-feeding incident; actions were 'contrary to the Company's expectations' (Burlington Free Press)

Freedom Airlines has issued a response to an incident last month on one of the airline's flights departing Burlington International Airport. On Oct. 13, a flight attendant asked a breast-feeding mother to cover up, then asked the mother to leave the airplane when the mother refused.

The incident prompted a complaint to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and
a protest at Burlington International Airport this week.

Paul Skellon, Freedom Airlines Vice President of Corporate Communications, issued this response "to concerned citizens who contacted me" after Free Press stories about the issue.

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Airlines owe apology to nursing mother (Burlington Free Press)

Three little words that Delta and Freedom airlines need to use in a big way: We are sorry.

The airlines owe Emily Gillette of Santa Fe, N.M., an apology for the priggish response when the young mother began nursing her 22-month-old on a flight departing Oct. 13 from Burlington International Airport.

Gillette, who was seated by the window in the second-to-last row of the plane, said she was embarrassed when a flight attendant asked her to cover up with a blanket as she nursed her child. When Gillette refused, the attendant allegedly told the young mother that she was offended and asked the family to leave the plane.

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Nursing mom files complaint against airlines (USA Today)

A clash between a nursing mother and a flight attendant has sparked a discrimination complaint, an airline investigation and a grass-roots protest.
Emily Gillette, her husband, Brad; and their then 22-month-old daughter, River, were removed from an Oct. 13 flight from Burlington, Vt., to New York after a flight attendant asked Gillette to cover up while she was breast-feeding the girl.

Freedom Airlines operated the Delta Airlines flight.

Gillette, 27, filed a complaint against both airlines last week with the Vermont Human Rights Commission alleging that the airlineviolated a state law that allows women to breast-feed "in any place of public accommodation." The airlines have until Nov. 27 to respond, Gillette's attorney, Elizabeth Boepple, says.

In a show of support, about 30 mothers and fathers and dozens of children staged a "nurse-in" protest at Burlington Internationals Airport on Wednesday.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Delta kicks off Mother for Breastfeeding (Blogger News Network)

Delta Airlines has now stepped into the breastfeeding battle by kicking a mother off of one of their planes out of Burlington, Vermont. Emily Gillette, 27, was discreetly feeding her 22 month old daughter near the window in the next-to-the-last row, with her husband in the seat next to her when a puritanical flight attendent gave her a blanket instructing her to cover up. Mrs. Gillette politely refused as she was completely covered up to begin with and then informed the attendent that she had the legal right to feed her hungry baby. Immediately thereafter a ticket agent came to the family and told them that the flight attendent had asked for them to be removed from the plane. They complied without complaint at the time, according to Mrs. Gillette, “out of embarrassment”.

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Triangle Breast Milk Bank Offers Help To Mothers (

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Most doctors agree that breast milk is the best food for premature babies, but not all mothers can provide it. NBC17 tells you how milk banks are helping to provide this critical gift to families across the country.

Moms helping moms, that's the idea behind milk banks. Piper Davis is a mother of two and a volunteer donor with the WakeMed Mothers' Milk Bank in Raleigh. It's the only milk bank in North Carolina. Davis began donating breast milk in July.

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Rest assured, this is a legitimate HMBANA milk bank. :)

Nursing Mothers Speak Out (WCAX-TV)

Dozens of Vermont mothers joined forces to make a bold statement involving their bodies.

"It's ok to breast feed in public," said Carolyn Lukancic, of South Burlington.

Carolyn Lukancic and other breastfeeding mothers participated in a "nurse in" at the Burlington International Airport Wednesday morning.

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Breast-Feeding Mom Booted From Flight (Channel 3000)

Nursing Mothers Hold Protest At Airline

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Santa Fe, N.M., woman said she was kicked off an airplane for breast-feeding her child.

The alleged incident has drawn support from about 30 parents and their children.

They sat in front of an airline counter Wednesday in South Burlington, Vt., to protest the treatment of 27-year-old Emily Gillette.

Mothers breast-fed their children and held up signs during the "nurse-in."

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This website is also running a survey about the airline's actions - so far 83% of respondents think Delta was wrong to kick this mother and her baby off the flight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Parents protest airline treatment of breast-feeding passenger (Boston Globe)

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. --About 30 parents and their children sat in front of an airline counter Wednesday to protest the treatment of a passenger who said she was kicked off a plane for breast-feeding her child.

Mothers breast-fed their children and held up signs during the "nurse-in."

"I just think it's unbelievable that it happened in 2006, especially in Vermont" said Lora McAllister, a Swanton mother. "It's kind of mind boggling."

Emily Gillette of Santa Fe, N.M., had complained that she was kicked off an airplane because she was nursing her baby.

A complaint against two airlines was filed with the Vermont Human Rights, although Executive Director Robert Appel said he was barred by state law from confirming the complaint. He did say state law allows a mother to breast-feed in public.

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Breast-feeding options often determined by employer (The Enquirer)

TULSA, Okla. - Darby Barnett said she quit her job several weeks ago because her boss made it nearly impossible for her to breast-feed her infant daughter.

It was a tough decision to make. Barnett is raising 6-month-old Delainey on her own. But finances became less important when the 24-year-old didn't have enough breast milk for her daughter as a result of being unable to pump at work.

She said her boss wouldn't give her additional breaks.

"I didn't want to have conflict and lose my job, so I wouldn't say anything, and Delainey suffered," she said.

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'Nurse-in' draws large support for breast-feeding (Burlinton Free Press)

SOUTH BURLINGTON — About 30 mothers and fathers — and dozens of their young children — gathered in front of the Delta Air Lines check-in desk at Burlington International Airport this morning, staging a "nurse-in" to say they were upset that a woman was kicked off a plane for breast-feeding.

The nurse-in, organized by Burlington mother Sharon Panitch, lasted more than an hour, as women nursed their babies, displayed signs, and talked to each other about breast-feeding issues.

"I just think it’s unbelievable that it happened in 2006, especially in Vermont" said Lora McAllister, a mother from Swanton. "It’s kind of mind boggling."

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Mothering's Breastfeeding Symbol Contest

The purpose of an international symbol for breastfeeding is to increase public awareness of breastfeeding, to provide an alternative to the use of a baby bottle image to designate baby friendly areas in public, and to mark breastfeeding friendly facilities.

Of course, breastfeeding does not require a special place and is appropriate—as the Canadian government's slogan says—"anytime, anywhere." The purpose of the symbol is not to segregate breastfeeding, but to help integrate it into society by better accommodating it in public.

For example, sometimes there are no chairs in public, sometimes nowhere to change the baby, or for the mother separated from her baby, nowhere to plug in an electric breast pump. Mothers welcome quiet, private places in public where they can collect themselves and their children. The symbol could designate these kinds of places.

In addition, businesses could use this symbol to designate a lactation room, required now by law in California. Restaurants could use the image to let moms know, "Breastfeeding welcome here." We've already heard from a new airport and a university interested in using the symbol. When you see this new symbol in use, please let us know, and if possible, send us a photo.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Seguin mother says she wasn't allowed to breastfeed at theater (

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed — it's a very personal choice. However, a Seguin mother said she was told she couldn't breastfeed her baby at a movie theater there, prompting a heated feud and a call to the police.

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Woman alleges she was kicked off Burlington flight for breast-feeding (Burlington Free Press)

A New Mexico woman who was kicked off an airplane departing from Burlington International Airport after she breast-fed her 22-month-old daughter has filed a complaint against two airlines with the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

Emily Gillette, 27, filed a charge with the commission last week -- a step citizens can take before suing in court -- after a Freedom Airlines flight attendant allegedly told Gillette that she offended her, ordering her to cover up.

Robert Appel, executive director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, said statute prevented him from saying whether the charge had been filed with his office. He did say that breast-feeding is protected under the Public Accommodations Act, meaning that a mother is allowed to breast-feed in public. Gillette's attorney, Elizabeth Boepple, provided documentation to the Free Press of the charge filed with the Human Rights Commission.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Plea for breastfeeding experience (BBC)

A health authority has launched a search for women who have breastfed children to give advice to new mothers.

NHS Forth Valley said it wanted to encourage women to share their breastfeeding experience at a Stirling-based community support group.

Their role would include giving advice and support to pregnant women before a baby is born, while they are in hospital and then in their own homes.

Experts said breastfeeding could improve the health of mother and baby.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mum's anger at lessons on breastfeeding (Teesdale Merucury)

A MUM has sparked controversy after she was reported as saying she will take her seven-year-old son out of classes in a protest at him being given lessons on childbirth and breastfeeding.

Val Bickley, of Barnard Castle, says her boy is too young to be taught about pregnancy and would rather the emphasis was on reading and writing, rather than childbirth.

And she is reported to have questioned why Startforth Morritt Memorial School, has lessons in breastfeeding, saying "it's disgusting".

But the school has defended its stance, stating the workshops have been successful in the past.

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Baby-friendly workplaces (The Kansas City Star)

Flexible scheduling, special changing and quiet rooms all are part of the benefits.

Going back to work after having a baby can be difficult, but workplace programs and options such as lactation rooms and flexible schedules can help ease the transition.

The Kansas City-based National Association of Insurance Commissioners goes even further. An Infants in the Workplace program allows parents to take their babies to work until the baby is six months old.

“It allows the new parent — we have both mothers and fathers — an opportunity to bond with the new baby and spend time with them, while at the same time they are being productive for us,” said Catherine Weatherford, chief executive officer of the association.

In many cases, the parents come back to work sooner than expected because of the opportunity to bring the baby with them, she said.

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