- Jenna Dillulio, 38, flew to Pennsylvania with her daughter, Ember, last month
- The mom was ‘overcome with emotion’ when she visited the nursing lounge
- Dillulio shared a video of the room covered in handwritten notes on TikTok
Jenna Dillulio, 38, traveled from Richmond, Virginia, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her 14-month-old daughter, Ember, in mid-October to visit her family who live in the area and to also work through her fear of flying.
The mom told Good Morning America that her therapist recommended she take her daughter on her first plane trip to help her overcome her anxieties about air travel.
‘This trip was such a big step for me,’ she explained.
Dillulio visited the mothers’ nursing lounge in the Pittsburgh International Airport with her daughter ahead of their return flight and was greeted by dozens of Post-it notes from other moms.
Traveling with a young child can be difficult, especially as a single parent, and she recalled being ‘overcome with emotion’ when she read the handwritten words of encouragement while feeding her little girl.
‘You are amazing, magical, and brave,’ one note read.
‘You got this momma! Get through today. Tomorrow is a fresh start!’ another said.
Dillulio, a social media influencer, documented the incredible experience on TikTok.
‘We just got into the nursing lounge in Pittsburgh. This is so emotional for me,’ she said tearfully. ‘There’re Post-its all over the wall [with words] of encouragement for mothers traveling with their babies.
‘It’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen, and I needed it so much today,’ she added.
Dillulio thanked the Pittsburgh International Airport for ‘honoring mothers and giving us this space to support one another’ in the on-screen text.
She then panned the camera to show all of the colorful Post-it notes on the wall.
Dillulio held her daughter on her hip as she penned her own message to add to the collection, writing, ‘You are amazing.’
Christina Cassotis, the chief executive officer of Pittsburgh International Airport, told GMA that the mothers’ lounge was one of her first initiatives when she took on the role.
‘Having been a new mother traveling, I thought that perhaps there was something we could do more than just offer people a bathroom stall that they’d have to jerry-rig to make work for them, especially a busy bathroom,’ she explained.
The lounge opened in May of 2015, three years before Congress passed the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act, which requires private spaces for mothers to breastfeed their children in each terminal in medium to large airports.
Dillulio also shared that her fears about flying with her daughters were unfounded, saying the toddler was ‘an angel’ as she napped and played.
She told GMA that she is now looking forward to planning future trips with her child.
‘It is really special and important to be able to take our babies places, to normalize this type of thing and just be flexible, and know that you have the support of women around the world that have done it so many other times — and you can do it,’ she said.