Andy Cohen may have been all smiles as he took his five-day-old baby boy on a private plane, but his fans weren’t so pleased.
Cohen, 50, faced backlash after he shared a photo of the two, with the newborn in a papoose, on Friday along with the caption, “Digging the #DadGear !!!”
“Flying for a newborn is seriously not cool: Changing cabin pressure during a flight causes temporary changes in middle ear pressure, which can trigger ear pain,” one user commented. “Also, airplane cabin noise levels are loud, especially during takeoff. And then the temporary change in oxygen level.”
“You’re already flying with the baby? Oy vey….” another commented.
Cohen welcomed Benjamin Allen Cohen, his first child, via surrogate last Monday.
William Sears, a pediatrician and author of numerous parenting books, advised new parents not to travel with a newborn during the first month.
“The main reasons for this precaution are that mom needs the postpartum rest and baby needs a stable environment to adjust to life after birth,” he wrote on his “Ask Dr. Sears” blog.
Another physician said that while a doctor “might discourage unnecessary air travel shortly after birth,” air travel is safe for most infants.
Dr. Jay L. Hoecker did note that parents should be cautious of changing cabin pressure and a baby’s developing immune system.
However, some fans of Cohen didn’t seem to mind the newborn’s jet experience and came to the Bravo host’s defense.