For some reason, a long and passionate debate broke out on radio this morning about breastfeeding. What could lead to such a debate? It turns out a mother was asked to pump her breast milk in a broom closet at LAX because they didn’t have the proper facilities in place. Glenn has the story and reaction on radio.
New mother Haley Picchini said she had to use a messy and crowded broom closet to pump her breast milk before boarding her flight. "I was mortified. I was scared. I didn’t want to do anything that would endanger my baby," she said.
The story kicked off a breastfeeding debate on the radio show, with Glenn defending public breastfeeding as long as there is a degree of discretion.
"I just don't have a problem with the nursing mom," Glenn said. "I've always seen someone take a baby and put a blanket over themselves. And they're very discreet. And that's fine."
"You don't need to show me the milk mustache from your nipple. But you can be discreet. And nobody should have a problem with a mom who is nursing and trying to be discreet," Glenn added.
Pat countered that there is a movement out there to normalize breastfeeding to the age of six or seven and older, and on top of that not to have any level of discretion when it happens.
"You know what's worse than the militants who think it has to be done any time, anywhere, any way?" Pat asked. "Look, we're all dads. We have sympathy for breast-feeding moms. Let's all be reasonable and do the right thing. It needs a little common sense in the argument. But what's worse than that is the new thing now where some are breast-feeding at five, six, seven."
Listen to the debate below: