Suckle this, lady
Everyone's talking about this poor woman who had to fly home from an overseas trip to breast feed her year old baby because the father couldn't get the kid to take a bottle. She expected the airline to pay for her flight (even though her ticket required a Saturday night stay in New York, which she didn't do) because it was an emergency.
A British mother flew from New York to London to breastfeed her daughter when the baby refused to take a bottle - and insisted the flight be free because it was a medical emergency.
Rosie Stamp, 32, a freelance video producer, made the journey hours after arriving in New York when she phoned home and heard year-old Betsy crying in hunger.
"I had no choice. She just wouldn't take the bottle," explained Stamp, who had expressed breast milk before leaving on the planned five-day trip for a crucial business appointment.
She said Betsy was in the habit of drinking water from bottles, so she and her partner, therapist Nicholas Bolton, 49, assumed the baby would take the expressed milk.But "she of course knew breast was best," said Stamp, a strong believer in breastfeeding until babies are 2. The trip was the first time she had left her baby, who is now 16 months old.
The kid was a year old. Both my kids were eating solids at that point. Give the baby some infant oatmeal and water. That will keep her from starving and/or dehydrating.
I guess if the woman was passionate about breast feeding and wanted to come home, that's her prerogative, but it takes a certain amount of hubris to ask for your flight to be paid for.
Regardless of whether or not her ticket should be paid for, there's another story here. And that is this kid is going to grow up to be yet another in a growing number of children who have no idea how to fend for themselves, who have no coping skills or any idea how to make it on their own because mommy hovers over them like they're a fragile piece of glass ready to break at any moment, who obsesses about every little move their child makes - oh my god, he's going to go outdoors without a breathing mask and helmet on, STOP HIM!
And the husband is no better. What a useless man. He's the baby's father. What would he do if the mother died in a plane crash or something? Let the kid starve to death because there was no tit to feed on? Call your damn pediatrician and say "what the hell do I do?" and he'll tell you what to do - and it won't be "make your wife come home from her trip immediately."
Damn, I woke up on the wrong side of life today.
[*disclaimer in the interest of fending off the LaLeche league. Yes, I breastfed, so I know what it's like to hear your baby crying and have the urge to go home and feed her. But I also know that at a year old, I would have told my kid to man up, nancy and eat some damn oatmeal].