Breastfeeding Delta passenger thanks airline in open letter

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Delta Air Lines' breastfeeding policy is again drawing notice — but this time with gratitude, after one woman's Facebook post thanking the company for what she said was its attendants' assistance with her breastfeeding, during a Friday flight from Atlanta.

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"Yesterday, two flight attendants, Kaitlin K and Loretta, on my flight from Atlanta to Dallas-Love Field, allowed me to sit in an empty first class seat for more space and privacy while I pumped in flight," Jenna Mde posted on Delta's Facebook page Saturday. "They offered me snacks and provided TONS of water during my pumping session."

"Additionally, on my return flight this afternoon, the Dallas-Love Field gate attendant, Talesa, offered me an empty first-class seat so I could do the same," wrote Mde, who is a mom to triplets, according to her post.

"I am incredibly grateful for the lengths these individuals took to make my role as momma much easier and impressed by the advocacy this company has provided for breast-feeding and pumping," she wrote.

Her Facebook post has been shared more than 2,700 times, and liked more than 43,000 times, attracting many positive comments. On Monday morning, Delta replied, and asked her to send along her flight information so that the flight attendants could be personally thanked.

"We are very happy to hear that Kaitlin and Loretta were able to be there for you when needed," Delta wrote. "We would love to recognize them and pass your kinds words along as we know they would be very touched and happy to know this."

Mde's story is in contrast to some earlier headlines about Delta and breastfeeding, as when the company apologized to a passenger in January 2015 after requiring she check her breast pump, or when it apologized in February 2014 after an employee mistakenly told a passenger she could not breastfeed on the plane without a covering.

Delta isn't alone: Multiple women nationwide say they have encountered pushback and negative reaction while breastfeeding in public.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not immediately able to reach Mde for comment. A Delta spokesman did not immediately have a comment on her post.