On the heels of Time magazine’s controversial cover comes a photo of two uniformed members of the Air National Guard breastfeeding their children.
The photo was released as part of a Mom2Mom campaign to promote breastfeeding. Mom2Mom is a support group that was formed by military women and spouses at Fairchild Air Base near Spokane, Wash. According to a spokesperson, the group aims to make it easier for military moms to serve their babies while serving their country.
“Soldiers are allowed to smoke, drink and chew tobacco in uniform,” said the spokesperson. “We hope to open minds about military and civilian breastfeeding in private or public.”
U.S. law states that a woman may breastfeed her child in any federal building or on federal property, but the Facebook response to the photo has been largely negative:
- “My fiancé and my brother are in the military and nothing is worse than seeing someone disrespect the uniform.”
- “Brestfeeding (sic) is beautiful and a personal choice but I don’t think it is professional or appropriate to breastfeed in uniform while being in public.”
- “Nobody told you you can’t do it, but you don’t have to flaunt it. I am a mom and a Marine and completely do not support your cause.”
Although there are currently no policies regarding military breastfeeding in uniform, there is a rule that the uniform cannot be worn to promote causes outside the military.
Where do you stand on this issue?