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EasyJet stops furious mum from feeding baby on plane

Interrupted: Kelly Edgson-Payne with her one-year-old son Lex PICTURE: SWNS

A MUM has hit out at easyJet after she was ordered to stop breastfeeding her baby son during a flight.

Kelly Edgson-Payne was ‘mortified’ when a male cabin crew member told her not to do it during take-off.

She and one-year-old Lex were both left in tears after she had to remove him before he had finished feeding.

The airline’s website says mothers can breastfeed at any time during flights.

But Mrs Edgson-Payne said, when she made a complaint to the company’s customer services, she was told she could do it ‘as long as you are discreet’.

‘There’s just no consistency in their messages,’ she said. ‘They should not be discriminating against breastfeeding.’

The mum-of-four had the run-in with the steward while flying to Fuerteventura from Gatwick with her husband Ross, 40, and all their children.

She said she regularly flies with the airline and has always breastfed her babies during take-off as it distracts them when their ears pop and stops them crying.

But the crew member said it wasn’t allowed and she would have to strap Lex into the child seat beside her.

‘I’m not afraid to breastfeed my baby wherever — I’ve stopped at a break point during a marathon before and fed him — but this left me embarrassed,’ said Mrs Edgson-Payne, from Rochester, Kent.

‘I had to very quickly cover myself up — but my breasts were still leaking milk, because I had stopped mid-feed.

‘Even my eldest daughter Mia, who is nine, said, “Mummy, they can’t tell you not to breastfeed him.”’

The 36-year-old, who also has Elena, five, and Jax, three, said a stewardess apologised to her. ‘The two of them had a bit of a hoo-ha and she came up and said, “I’m sorry about that, ignore him.”’

EasyJet said: ‘This flight was operated by another airline on our behalf, and while they should follow easyJet policies, we are sorry this did not happen on this occasion. We have followed up to ensure this does not happen in future.’