Military Moms Breastfeeding While In Uniform Stirs Up Controversy
Its the photo everyone is talking about today...Two military moms in uniform breastfeeding their babies. The two women are in their Air Force uniforms while nursing their babies, and many of their critics have come out today saying they have disgraced the uniform. According to the website Veterans United, those IN UNIFORM are NOT allowed to eat or talk on a cell phone while walking (these are okay while standing still), must keep your hands in your pockets, chewing gum, holding hands, kissing and hugging (except during homecomings and deployments).
It is understood that a soldier's right hand must always be free so that he/she can salute a superior at any moment.
However, what about breast feeding while in uniform? No where do guidelines address such. The photos which were shot in support of a breastfeeding awareness campaign launched by the Mom2Mom Support group on the Fairchild Air Force Base, in the state of Washington.
In an interview with the website for the "The Today Show," one of the mother's says, "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 breastfeed whether they're active duty, guard or civilian."
As you may imagine, many of the critics that have come forth since these photos surfaced last week say that the women in these photos have disgraced the military uniform by not covering up. Some have actually gone as far to say that what they are doing in uniform is as disrespectful as disgracing the United States flag. What are your feelings towards the photo below? Are these women disgracing the military uniform, and furthermore do you think that there should be a rule AGAINST breastfeeding while in an official military uniform? Tell us in the comment box below. We will discuss this topic on the morning show Friday.
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