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Are Breastfeeding Military Moms Inappropriate?

Are Breastfeeding Military Moms Inappropriate?

  • The perinniel issue of breastfeeding has once again become a hot button issue online. A series of nursing photos caught attention when one of the women was wearing her army uniform. "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, founder of Mom2Mom, a breastfeeding support group, and military spouse.

    one commenter had this to say:

    "I would never nurse in uniform. I took my child to the bathroom or a private office when her nanny brought her to me …. Not because I was ashamed of nursing, nor of being a mother. All the guys knew I pumped. The military is not a civilian job. We go to combat and we make life or death decisions, and not just for ourselves but for those we lead. The same reason I would never nurse in uniform is the same reason I do not chew gum, or walk and talk on my cell phone, or even run into the store in my utility uniform. ... We are warfighting professionals. Women before us have worked too hard to earn and retain the respect of their male peers. I don’t want my Marines to look at me any other way than as a Marine. When I am asking them to fly into combat with me and do a dangerous mission, I do not want them to have the mental image of a babe at my breast. I want them to only see me as a Marine. Let’s be a realistic folks. We give up many freedoms being in the military…Breastfeeding in front of my fellow Marines was one of them."

    Others were more supportive, "There is N-O-T-H-I-N-G more authoritative than a strong mother standing tall breastfeeding as she barks orders."

    What do you think? Appropriate to do in uniform?

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