United Airlines tells nursing mother to use the pet relief area

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington said the United Airlines staff members at Dulles International Airport suggested that she pump her breast milk in a pet relief area.

According to Liz Meagher Cooper, after arriving at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Monday she asked where the most appropriate place was to feed her four month old infant and was initially told to use the restroom. She told airline employees that it was not a sanitary suggestion and they then told her to use the pet relief area.

Airport authorities later said that they do not have designated areas for breastfeeding and that they are working to develop dedicated lounges to accommodate nursing mothers.

The airline is said to be reaching out to Cooper to apologize.


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