A BRITISH mother-of-four has slammed easyJet after she was told to stop breastfeeding her baby on a flight from London Gatwick to Fuerteventura on the Canary Islands.
Kelly Edgson-Payne, 36, claims she had to prise her one-year-old baby off her mid-feed when pressed by a member of the cabin crew.
Accompanied by her husband Ross, 40, and their children, Mrs Edgson-Payne claims she was ‘mortified’ and that her infant child was ‘left in tears’ after the incident.
A male member of the cabin crew insisted that the mother-of-four desisted during take-off.
Mrs Edgson-Payne from Rochester in Kent vented her anger towards the budget airline, she stated: “I find it really disappointing that an airline I trust, and who we fly with all the time, actually broke the law in discriminating against me as a breastfeeding mother.”
Mrs Edgson-Payne complained to easyJet’s customer services upon her arrival to the Canary Island but claims she was told easyJet welcome the breastfeeding of babies on their flights with the proviso it is done in a ‘discreet’ manner.
In addition to this, easyJet’s website clearly states: “We support breastfeeding mothers and you can feed your baby on board at any time.”
An easyJet spokesman has since stated: “easyJet supports breastfeeding and customers flying with easyJet can breastfeed at any time during the flight.”
“It is not our policy to ask mothers to be discreet and we make this very clear in our training”
“We have followed up to ensure this does not happen in future.”