Skip to comments.Military Moms Breastfeeding in Uniform Stir Controversy
Posted on 05/31/2012 7:35:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin
At a time when breastfeeding in public is already controversial, pictures of two military moms doing so while wearing their uniforms is sparking outrage.
The photo is part of a local breastfeeding awareness campaign by Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base, a support group launched in January by Crystal Scott, a military spouse and mother of three. Among the intimate close-ups of smiling young mothers cuddling their adorable babies, the images of the two airmen stand out.
"People are comparing breastfeeding in uniform to urinating and defecating in uniform. They're comparing it to the woman who posed in "Playboy" in uniform [in 2007]" Scott told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "We never expected it to be like this."
"I'm an X-ray tech and I breastfeed in my uniform all the time," Scott says. "Granted they're scrubs. But people do it all the time in their uniforms. If you have a hungry baby, why would you take the time to change completely?"
Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, a member of the Air National Guard who was photographed in uniform nursing her 10-month-old twin daughters, says that she's surprised by the reaction to the photos.
"I have breastfed in our lobby, in my car, in the park ... and I pump, usually in the locker room," she told the "Today" show, adding that she usually nurses her babies while on her lunch break during drill weekends. "I'm proud to be wearing a uniform while breast-feeding. I'm proud of the photo and I hope it encourages other women to know they can breastfeed whether they're active duty, guard or civilian."
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Please pull dupe post.
I don’t get it.
In uniform. Out of uniform. At a park or public place.... Makes no difference.
It’s always the same people who squawk and sputter at women who breastfeed in public.
It’s always other women. Never men.
Why is that?
I hate to break it to 'em, but people do that. On a pretty regular basis.
Big deal, who cares? I can think of a lot worse things to complain about these days.
Just stupid news-writers trying to stir the pot.
I’d say the author is trying to create a controversy for the sake of the story. I seriously doubt there is anyone (anyone that matters) that actually gives a hoot. Some brass-hat may *NOW* fake an interest in it if a reporter shoves a microphone in their face and puts them on the spot about it, but if it had never been reported in the first place, no-one would care.
The MSM is addicted to “making mountains out of molehills”. I know that is a sweeping generalization, but I challenge anyone to plausibly refute it.
As I wrote yesterday:
I have so much respect for those who serve. I’m also a nursing mother. Moms should not be in the military. There. I wrote it. It’s not PC and I don’t care.
Whenever I see or hear of these moms in uniform story, I think back to Clint Eastwood in the Enforcer when he was at the promotion panel: “What do you think this is some kind of incounter group”. These stories just wear me out.
Sure, but they usually don’t do it in full view in a public park, do they?
I’ve got no problem with the lady on the right, but the one on the left with the twins, well, she is pushing it. There’s no reason she couldn’t feed one at a time and do it with modesty. I have a feeling they posed her for the photo like that intentionally.
If it’s another female soldier, though, instead of a baby, it’s probably ok.
I agree...the one on the left could be a little more discrete. She could have used the football hold and covered up better. The only reason I know about this is my wife breastfed all six of our children - I’m down with the terminology.
Depends on whether they're in the field or not. :D
The left is like rust, they never sleep, never tire.
Sure they think they are all that for breastfeeding while in uniform. Phooey.
Just wait until they have to do something really tough and momentous like ...
Taking a NJ Bar exam while breastfeeding!
because as a woman i’m not turned on by the sight of a womans breasts....thats why men don’t mind. As a mother(who nursed) I have not problem with nursing, and by the same token i don’t have a problem with bowel movements or urination but none of those things do I want to see in a public place with no care taken for modesty.
Really? You equate breastfeeding with bowel movements or urination?
As for modesty... I see far more modesty in nursing than I do at the beach. Or on the street. Or at the mall. Or....
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