Military Moms Breastfeeding in Uniform: National Pride or Over the Line?

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National pride? Disgrace? Somewhere in the middle?

A photo of two servicewomen breastfeeding their children while in uniform has gone viral and added a new layer to the ongoing debate over nursing in public.

It's probably safe to say the Time Magazine breastfeeding cover went over quite well with Mom2Mom, a breastfeeding support group for military mothers.

In a series of tasteful professional photos showing beaming moms nursing kids, one jumps out for obvious reasons: the photo of two servicewomen below ...

Military Moms Breastfeeding

"A lot of people are saying it's a disgrace to the uniform. They're comparing it to urinating and defecating [while in uniform]," says Crystal Scott, a military spouse living at Fairchild AFB outside Spokane, Wash., who started Mom2Mom in January.

"It's extremely upsetting. Defecating in public is illegal. Breastfeeding is not."

It was Scott's idea to ask photographer Brynja Sigurdardottir to take the photos and create posters for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.

One of the moms photographed in uniform, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, breastfeeds her 10-month-old twin girls on her lunch breaks during drill weekends.

"I have breast-fed in our lobby, in my car, in the park ... and I pump, usually in the locker room," says the proud member of the Air National Guard."

"I'm proud to be wearing a uniform while breastfeeding. I hope [the photo] encourages other women to know they can, whether they're active duty, guard or civilian."

She said she's surprised by the reaction to the photos, which also feature her friend Christina Luna, because it never occurred to her it would cause a stir.

"There isn't a policy saying we can or cannot breastfeed in uniform," Echegoyen-McCabe says. "I think we do need to be able to breastfeed in uniform and be protected."

What do you think? Should they be allowed to?

 

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There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your child....I breast fed my 3 but I didn't whip my boobs out for photo shoots..it was a nutritional bonding between my child and I... PRIVATE...ok so you breast feed.........why does it have to be a side show??? why do they feel the need to show the fact they breast feed???? and I don't want to hear the crap it's national breast feeding awareness..that's just an excuse to flaunt your boobs..women have done this for ages and never fealt the need to flaunt the fact they breastfeed...

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Oh and Curtis honey, I didn't wear a uniform because no one liked the Military in my days. It was called Vietnam. No one signed up, they were drafted. Careers for women in the military then wasn't popular either. I went to Canada once and never seen so many men in my life! Miles of them, sitting in the park! They were Draft dodgers. I remember packing food and supplies for the troops at our city hall. Well, that's more than the draft dodgers did. My postal job was not easy. Casing 2-4,000 pieces a mail a day and walking 8-10 miles with a heavy sack. Fighting the elements and yes, dogs. The rest of the day was caring for my kids. These women might have desk jobs for all we know. Light duty. They certainly have time to pose and fuss! I'd love to sign up nowadays. I could of had my kids births paid for, all kinds of free shit and benefits and respect!

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These Guardsman are busted and they'll have to deal with their "Chain of Command".

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Mike, you seem to be making sense. These women are protecting our country? Nine months pregnant and then worrying about breast feeding? So if they go to war with their swollen nipples, do they have special back packs for the babies? Your right, they should go on leave or use birth control. Just another thing they want "entitled" to them. If they get booted from this they won't get anything! Whole thing is silly!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hey Curtis, maybe you should shut up. I worked with LOTS of men who were in the Military at the Post Office. On the test they got 10 extra points for being a veteran. So there were many. I'm ungrateful? My dad was a Sergeant in the Marines. My husband was in the Army. My niece who lives here served in the Air Force and thinks these women are wrong. My fat ass thanks you for protecting it. It's you men who ruin everything because you think with your dicks! Tell me, did you think oh it's just a woman feeding her baby or did you check out her breasts and felt a little aroused? I already said men won't complain on this subject, it benefits them. From an old retired grandmother, you didn't learn any manners in the Military and have a potty mouth!

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You are always putting down others.. Well here are two Moms that can not only do their jobs but also take care of their little ones..If you wish to rag on someone look in the mirror and see if you see a PRUDE, a_ _ wipe or other none person who should just stuff it and shut up

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Many silly comments. You probably should have quit your job and stayed home to raise (and breastfeed)your children. Where are your priorities?

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Another example of why women DO NOT BELONG IN THE MILITARY!

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Not surprised that Debbie worked for the post office. They are not the smartest bunch over there. Certainly settles the 'does she/doesnt she have a college degree' question! Well Debbie, while you were lugging around your mail bag, I was serving a tour in the first Gulf War. Want to guess what these women are doing while you are sorting the mail? They are serving to protect your ungreatful fat ass! If you have never worn the uniform, PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP. Any woman who signs up has my undying respect!!

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I'm sorry, but I can't fathom WHY people think that FEEDING your children, or NURTURING your children is perverse. The human body is obviously natural, breast feeding is definitely natural. I don't understand these older people, or anyone for that matter that only thinks of the body as sexual! I just don't get it. If I felt that my child that I nurtured in my womb for 9 months, gave birth to, loved, and cherished was hungry in public, I would feed it. Sorry folks, but this is just plain STUPID.

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