Never underestimate just how uncomfortable some people are with the female body.
The debate over public breastfeeding got a new wrinkle when two servicewomen with the United States Air Force released a series of professional photos taken of the young mothers breastfeeding in uniform.
“A lot of people are saying it’s a disgrace to the uniform,” said military Spouse and Mom2Mom founder Crystal Scott. “They’re comparing it to urinating and defecating.”
Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna are the two mothers depicted nursing their children while wearing their National Guard uniforms. Echegoyen-McCabe says she breast feeds her twin girls on lunch breaks when she’s on duty, according to MSNBC. As a member of the Air National Guard, she does her best to fulfill her commitment to her country without sacrificing her commitment to her 10-month-old children.
“I have breast fed in our lobby, in my car, in the park… I pump, usually in the locker room,” says Echegoyen-McCabe. “I’m proud to be wearing a uniform while breastfeeding. I’m proud of the photo and I hope it encourages other women to know they can breast feed whether they’re active duty, guard or civlian.
"There isn't a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform. I think it's something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done.”
The photos, taken by Brynja Sigurdardottir, have provoked no small amount of controversy. Even some public breast feeding advocates have suggested that the women’s conduct somehow denigrates the uniform.
What do you think? Why shouldn’t these women be proud to be both mothers and in military service?