Wednesday, August 3, 2011

in-flight feeding anxieties

Baby S will be taking her first plane ride this Friday.

Am I nervous? Just a little bit... Will she cry? Will we be that pair on the plane that everyone wants to kill? Will the stewardesses try to stuff a gag down her screaming throat?

That's the nightmare. 

Everyone has told me to feed her as we are taking off, and I am prepared for that... my worry is that we won't be able to get into a comfortable position in those tiny little airplane seats. I can just see it: head smacking into the hard little elbow rests, legs pushing up against the side of the plane. Frustration and screaming (her screaming, and perhaps me too?).

Plus, she hates being covered while she is feeding. Will the stewardesses try to kick me off for not covering her? As far as I know, Delta has no policies regarding breastfeeding, although it was a Delta flight that a woman was kicked off of for not covering her feeding child.

Maybe I will have a beautiful experience, and the people around me will be gracious and kind. Maybe there will be no one sitting next to me (yeah, right!) and after feeding her, I can lay her down and she will sleep the entire plane ride.

Here's hoping... I will post about my experience when we are back in a couple of weeks!

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