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Georgia City Makes it a Crime to Breastfeed 2-year-old in Public

| by Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog

Bucking the national trend of supportive legislation on breastfeeding in public, an Atlanta-area city has passed a new ordinance which makes breastfeeding a child in public after his or her second birthday a form of public nudity.

Georgia has the ninth lowest breastfeeding initiation rate of the 50 states.

It doesn't sound as if this law is consistent with Georgia law that establishes a right of mothers to breastfeed in public wherever they may be lawfully present - and does not specify an age limit. 

The concern over nursing toddlers in public is consistent with the view that nursing beyond infancy is somehow sexual.  I listed this in my recent post on misconceptions about extended breastfeeding.  Apparently this view is alive and well.

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