Woman says airline suggested pumping breast milk in pet area

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Posted: Oct 06, 2015 3:29 PM

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Liz Meagher Cooper is the mom of a 4-month-old. She tells WFXT-TV in Boston that after she left the plane early Monday at Washington's Dulles Airport, she asked a woman at the counter where she could pump.

Cooper says the woman told her she could use the bathroom, which Cooper rejected as unsanitary. Cooper says the woman then suggested the pet relief area.

A spokesman for Dulles says the airport does not have dedicated nursing areas but is working to develop such lounges.

A spokesman for United says the airline will reach out to Cooper to apologize for not providing "more suitable accommodations."