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Air Canada Tells Mother to Breastfeed in the Bathroom, Goes Viral

Air Canada Tells Mother to Breastfeed in the Bathroom, Goes Viral

An airplane bathroom is one of the grimiest areas in an aircraft, second to the tray tables. With roughly 50 people to one bathroom, it’s an easy way to pick up an infection.

So when a representative of Air Canada informed a mother flying with her infant she’d have to use the airplane bathroom to breastfeed, she was furious.

Stephanie VandenBerg, a physician in Calgary, called Air Canada prior to her flight to arrange flying with her infant son. She didn’t expect to be told that she’d have to breastfeed in the bathroom, an area that only gets a deep cleaning about once a month. However, according to Air Canada’s website, the airline is “happy to support breastfeeding on board our aircraft, whenever safety permits.”

VandenBerg took to Twitter and called out the airline.

The tweet immediately received a response from Air Canada informing her they’ll look into the situation, but those outraged of the encounter and in support of VandenBerg were not satisfied with the response.

One tweet called for better training amongst all representatives:

Another user reminded Air Canada that the encounter is a violation of one’s human rights:

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10 Comments

  1. Fine Art Landscape Photographer

    March 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Oh Canada 😉

  2. mvoight

    March 12, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I am confused. Why would she even call to ask
    As a breastfeeding physician, how was she not already aware of the law?

  3. strickerj

    March 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    By the looks of it, the policy is aligned with the law, and this is just a matter of one employee making a mistake. To criticize Air Canada’s response (what else can they say at this point besides “we’re looking into it”?) or suggest this is a human rights violation is a bit of an overreaction.

  4. IkarosBOS

    March 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    human rights human rights
    common sense common sense
    manners and consideration of others
    They all abund
    i bet those who blame dirty AC airplane toilets have no problem sitting with their infants on the laps on the airport floor with their ipad on and dozen of open seats around
    i see them every day

  5. Mtothe M

    March 14, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Just like the youngster that insisted on wearing a bra as a shirt: please have the modesty to keep them put away in public. There are other options out there – all done for decades, all done for the benefit of the baby, and ALL having more modesty instead of the DEMAND for special considerations.

  6. Mtothe M

    March 14, 2019 at 8:30 am

    For other options:
    Don’t book a flight during a time you’ll be feeding them.
    Use a pump and take it with you.
    Feed them in the airport prior to/after flying.

  7. YankinOz

    March 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Mtothe M what’s wrong with you?

  8. adenzin7

    March 15, 2019 at 4:44 am

    “the kid gonna develop some mental issues if he drinks from a bottle” – will be the next argument 😀

  9. Frizzy

    March 15, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Mtothe M, you are more concerned with old school modesty issues here than with the actual reason a mother’s breasts produce milk: to.feed.her.baby! Wherever and whenever. It is the best food for the baby, it is ready on demand, more hygienic, and the right temperature. The passenger’s seat is a perfectly fine place to breastfeed. A mother should not be the subject of the rest of the world’s modesty ideas when breast-feeding. Depending on the flight duration, she may need to feed 3 or 4 times. How dare you suggest she does it at the airport only? Or not fly during expected feeding times?
    And on a practical level, why monopolise a toilet for 30 minutes while breastfeeding? It is a toilet, not a dining area.

  10. secondsoprano

    March 18, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Frizzy – agree with everything you say.

    MtotheM – honey, you got serious issues. Have you ever actually met a baby? Or a mother?

    IkarosBOS – Common sense is feeding the baby when the baby needs feeding, where the baby and mother are, ie in the seat. Manners and consideration for others is not making a fuss when a mother and baby do what is natural for mothers and babies to do.

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