Should Military Moms Breastfeed in Uniform?

Photo: Brynja Sigurdardottir Photography via Facebook
Photo: Brynja Sigurdardottir Photography via Facebook

When I was breastfeeding my son, you better believe I nursed in my work clothes, but for military moms it may not be as acceptable — the moms above are being criticized by some for having their pictures taken breastfeeding while in uniform.

The pictures were taken by Brynja Sigurdardottir Photography for the Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state to promote, educate and raise awareness to breastfeeding. The women pictured are Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, members of the Air National Guard.

“There isn’t a policy saying we can or cannot breastfeed in uniform,”  Echegoyen-McCabe said to Today. “I think it’s something that every military mom who is breastfeeding has done. … I think we do need to be able to breastfeed in uniform and be protected.”

But not everyone shares her beliefs. One commenter wrote on Breastfeeding In Combat Boots, the blog of Robyn Roche-Paull, IBCLC:

“I am a retired female military officer. The wearing of the uniform must gain the respect of others. I feel very strongly that respect for both the uniform and for women would be compromised should women breastfeed in uniform in public. Women have fought the battle for equal rights and must be cognizant of the fact that they are still in the stage of proving themselves as equals in society and should always remain professional while in uniform. Professional women do not breastfeed in public, and female soldiers, who are professionals, should not either.”

What do you think? Should military moms breastfeed in uniform?

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