Brooklyn Decker Missed Her Flight To Pump Breast Milk, & Moms Everywhere Felt Her Pain
Anyone who has ever been held up by a plane delay knows that air travel is totally the worst sometimes. But when you happen to also be a breastfeeding mom away from her child for the first time? The potential for disaster seems so much worse. According to the Daily Dot, Brooklyn Decker missed her flight to pump breast milk, and it's pretty much every traveling mom's worst nightmare. The model took to Twitter Wednesday to share her super frustrating pumping story, explaining that, after boarding her flight, the plane was held on the runway for two hours due to mechanical issues. By that point, Decker definitely felt like she needed to pump (honestly, my boobs hurt just imagining it), and so when the plane's passengers were finally allowed to deplane, she made a beeline to the bathroom in the terminal. The only problem? By the time she made it back to the gate, she was told she'd missed the flight and couldn't get back on.
Naturally, Decker did the only thing she could do at that moment: she downed a glass of wine at the airport bar and lamented her missed flight in a string of tweets. Because the only thing worse than being stuck on a plane with engorged breasts for two hours has to be missing your stupid flight once you finally get to pump in a crummy bathroom stall.
First time leaving baby. It's only 1 night & doesn't make sense to fly him back & forth. I'm a mess.— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
Moms: booze is my only solution,right?
And do you pump in your seat on the flight?? Or the bathroom?? #Spiraling.— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
2 mechanical delays. Told we could de-plane. I did. Pumped in the bathroom. Returned 15 min later. Flight closed. Deeeeep breaths.— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
WHO LETS PASSENGERS OFF, THEN CLOSES THE GATE SHORTLY AFTER?!? *GULPS WINE* MISSES BABY *SOBS*— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
Them:"We're sorry for the mechanical delay"— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
Them:"Another issue. Bringing a mechanic on. Passengers can leave & return"
Me: run to pump because we're already delayed almost 2 hours. I pump in bathroom. Return to gate. Plane is there..— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
"Sorry. Gates closed"
And I repeat-this is the FIRST TIME leaving my baby. I don't know why I'm sharing all of this. I'm just livid. And tweeting. Whilst drinking— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
In response to her slew of tweets, some people questioned her decision to leave the plane to pump — why risk missing the flight? But clearly none of those people have ever had to sit through the misery of being stuck on a plane for hours, debating whether it would be socially acceptable to whip out your breast pump while the guy next to you is working on a crossword.
As women and as moms we try to do it all but it sure ain't easy.— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
Crazy thing is I got off to pump thinking "I don't want to offend the guy next to me" But why? He probably sucked a boob too. #winemusings— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) April 27, 2016
Moral of the story: when it comes to breastfeeding, the struggle is real. And really, it's not like she had many options. Maybe next time she might want to talk to Kristin Cavallari, master of unapologetically pumping in public.
But if there's one thing that's for sure, I'd say it's that Decker definitely earned that glass of wine.