Flight attendant's 'embarrassing', 'crazy' request to British mum on flight

A British mother was brought to tears after being told to stop breastfeeding on a flight. 

Kelly Edgson-Payne, 36, was traveling from London's Gatwick airport to Spain on an EasyJet flight last month when she decided to breastfeed her one-year-old son Lex. 

Travelling with her husband and four children, the mother was approached during takeoff by a male crew member who interrupted her breastfeeding and told her to fasten the child into a seat, Fox News reports. 

"It's just absolutely crazy that I was told that I couldn't feed him - crazy, and really embarrassing," Ms Edgson-Payne said.

The British airline's website says it fully supports mothers breastfeeding at "any time" during their flights. 

Ms Edgson-Payne says while she was told to stop breastfeeding during takeoff, another female flight attendant soon approached her to apologise for her colleague's behaviour. 

But the mother says she was annoyed by the inconsistency of the staff, and she claims the airline broke the law by not allowing her to breastfeed on the flight. 

"I just want them to make themselves aware of the law so no other mums have to go through this," she said.

Ms Edgson-Payne has been given a £25 (NZ$50) voucher as compensation for the incident, Fox News reports. 

A spokesperson for the airline said the flight the mother and her family took was operated by another airline, and says EasyJet has taken the appropriate action to ensure a similar incident doesn't happen again. 

"It is not our policy to ask mothers to be discreet and we make this very clear in our training," the spokesperson said.


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