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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It's okay to send them off in those uniforms to die for no good reason, but they can't breastfeed their kids in that same uniform? America, you're sick.

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The military is supposed to instill tact,respect in men/women its not a place to push your politics,worldview and to publicly breastfeed.What next can we masturbate in public ?? i bet Obama supports this,afterall he needs women to vote for him otherwise he is toast in nov......women are shameless sluts

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Good job you dumb lard a$$. never had much hope for the military anyways. too bad a huge iranian tank isn't hidden behind them, so they can "smoke em", just for embarrassing us. your sorry azz wanted to join.

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and btw, I don't think swimsuits should be so revealing either.

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nothing wrong with breastfeeding, I'm all for it if that's what the mom wants to do. BUT I think it should be done discreetly, and moms should cover up. Not that it's dirty or disgusting, but really, why expose most of your flesh? Whatever happened to modesty?

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Go women!! First off, I nursed my twins for 13 months and it is HARD! See the woman on the right who can cover up without anything hanging out? That can't happen when you nurse twins at the same time. I was always hiding so as not to make others feel uncomfortable but I hated it. Breasts were created for nursing. End of story. Breast milk is best, they are just taking care of their children the way God intended.

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As a former active duty female/mother who nursed four children I know that this photo IS INAPPROPRIATE. What is wrong with the photo to begin with is there are two female soldiers in uniform outside with no cover, second one of those females has her breasts exposed. Though there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your child there is a time and a place. In public in uniform IS NOT the time or place for that. At the very least they should have had one of those blankets made for such occasions thrown over their shoulders to cover themselves and of course A COVER! It is important to ALWAYS project a professional image while in uniform because you are representing your country and not your own opinions and agendas.

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There is nothing wrong with breast feeding your child but I think it's a bad idea to pop your breast out for everyone to see while you are feeding your child. It's nothing wrong with covering up. This is a private moment between you and your child not you and everyone within eyesight and people will look, especially men. Have some respect for yourself.

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You sound so educated using awesome language such as "faggots" amazing!

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It is okay to allow a faggot kissing each other while in uniform and it is shame to feed your child? I'm sure those lazy fat ass who have nothing else to worry about are those who are complaining about every shit! Listen dumb ass I die for the uniform, the uniform never dies for nobody! If she was disrespectful to her uniform she wouldn't show it at the 1st place! You are a proud mom and I'm proud of you. This encourages those stupid fat and lazy ass sitting and watching a TV while their new born is getting fat from the government donated fat food! STOP complaining and follow this good example in order to create healthy society who can graduate from a college, walk and talk! most of you dumb asses use a wheelchair not because of you are sick but because you are fat infected with junk food, imagine if you mother have breast fed you how strong and healthy you would be.

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