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Breastfeeding Mother Praises Delta On Facebook

A Delta Airlines airplane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on August 7, 2013. Photograph by Marcel Antonisse—AFP/Getty Images

This story has been updated to reflect comment from Delta.

There’s no shortage of stories on Twitter and Facebook from disgruntled moms who’ve been humiliated by flight attendants while trying to breastfeed their infants. But this week, a nursing mother took to Facebook with something less common: praise.

In a Facebook status posted on Saturday, a woman identifying as Jenna Mde wrote that attendants on her Delta Air Lines flight upgraded her to an empty row of first-class seats so that she could pump her breast milk privately. The post has been shared more than 3,000 times.

“I am incredibly grateful for the lengths these individuals took to make my role as momma much easier and impressed by the advocacy this company has provided for breast-feeding and pumping,” she wrote.

The post comes on the heels of other stories shared on social media channels by nursing mothers that went viral. Last year, a nursing mother on a United Airlines flight wrote that a flight attendant had thrown a blanket at her husband as she breastfed her infant. Another mother complained last year when Delta forced her to check her breast pump and lose access to the device during her flight.


In a statement to Fortune, Delta spokeswoman Catherine Sirna wrote that the airline “empower[s] our people to make the right decision for our customers based on situational flexibility, an applaud our employees’ efforts to make our customers’ journey more comfortable.” On Delta’s website, the airline says that it “fully supports” a woman’s right to breastfeed on board, and that breast pumps are allowed.