An airline caught some backlash for asking a nursing mom to cover up. Here are the breastfeeding policies on 11 major airlines" American Airlines
American Airlines explicitly allows breastfeeding in its facilities, including in-flight seats. A spokesperson said:
We support breastfeeding and pumping in any of our customer facilities that mothers are comfortable using - that's inclusive of onboard our aircraft, in our Admiral's Clubs and other airport facilities. Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines
Delta also allows breastfeeding wherever nursing mothers are comfortable:
Delta fully supports a woman's right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and in Delta facilities. Breast pumps are allowed on board. At the airport and if you prefer, many airports do offer private lactation rooms or spaces. Ask a Delta associate if you need assistance locating one at an airport.
It has more information about
traveling with infants on its website. United
United also allows breastfeeding while in flight, and provides
useful information on its website:
Nursing mothers are welcome to breastfeed or pump on our aircraft and in our facilities. Dedicated nursing spaces, including nursing mother rooms and Mamava nursing pods, are available in many of our airports and we are in the process of adding more. You can locate nursing spaces by using the airport maps feature in the United app or by visiting the airport's website. In addition, some of our United Club℠ locations have family rooms available for our United Club members and customers who purchase a one-day pass.
If you will need to pump, we recommend bringing a battery-operated or manual breast pump, since the availability of in-flight seat power varies by aircraft fleet. Breast pumps and milk may be carried on board in addition to the one carry-on bag and one personal item allowed. You are welcome to breastfeed from the comfort of your seat or in a lavatory, but due to the unpredictability of turbulence, nursing mothers are not allowed to pump in the aircraft galley areas or jump seats. Our flight attendants may be able to provide ice to keep pumped milk cool during a flight, but they are not permitted to store items such as milk or formula. Southwest Airlines
"baby on board" page states that mothers are welcome to nurse on aircraft:
Southwest welcomes nursing mothers who wish to breastfeed on the aircraft and/or within our facilities.
A spokesperson additionally clarified:
At Southwest, we promote a casual and family-focused atmosphere onboard our aircraft and in our airports, and mothers wishing to breastfeed infants and/or pump breastmilk (regardless of whether or not the infant is traveling with the mother) using a breast-pump are welcome to do so while traveling with us. Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines does not list a specific policy on breastfeeding. However, in past
tweets the airline has said that "we don't have any restrictions on breastfeeding while aboard our aircraft."
2016 blog post on the airline's website implies that breastfeeding during flight is allowed. Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines does not have a written breastfeeding policy on its website, and did not immediately return a request for more information.
In 2017, the airline
came under fire when it removed a breastfeeding mother from a plane. The airline said the passenger repeatedly failed to follow crew instructions to buckle her son into a seat. Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic does not have a specific policy, according to a spokesperson. However, the representative said:
[We] of course welcome mothers looking to breastfeed onboard, and our crew helps make them as comfortable as possible. Air Canada
Air Canada allows breastfeeding on board. A spokesperson said "we have a longstanding policy of proudly supporting breastfeeding onboard our aircraft wherever mothers feel comfortable."
The policy is confirmed on the airline's
"traveling with children" page. British Airways
British Airways does not have a policy outlined on its website, but the airline recently told the BBC "we carry thousands of infants and their families on our flights every year, and we welcome breastfeeding on board."
Air France does not have a breastfeeding policy listed on its website, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.