Proud military wife defends her photograph of servicewomen breastfeeding in uniform after online attacks


Proud: Servicewomen Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, left, breastfeeds her twin daughters while wearing her uniform alongside colleague Christina Luna and her little girl at Fairchild Airforce Base outside Spokane, Washington

A photograph of servicewomen breastfeeding in public while wearing uniform has ignited a global debate.
The picture shows two mothers, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, both in active service, nursing their babies on an Air Force base.
The striking image has seen a flurry of comments, from supporters who say breastfeeding is a 'fundamental right' to another who compared it to 'defecating in uniform'. The photos were taken for the Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group, set up by a military wife and mother-of-three to raise awareness of all women's rights to breastfeed in public.
Mrs Echegoyen-McCabe is pictured breastfeeding her 10-month-old twin girls on her lunch break during a drill weekend as a member of the Air National Guard. By her side is friend Mrs Luna who feeds her toddler.

Nurture: Founder of Mom2Mom Crystal Scott also posed with her son Roman to raise awareness of breastfeeding in public

Crystal Scott, founder of Mom2Mom, asked the women to pose for the support group she founded in January to help those who live and work at the Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane, Washington.
Mrs Scott has lived on the base for four years with her husband Kevin, an instructor, and their three children Gavin, ten, Aiden, four and one-year-old Roman.
It was her idea to asked photographer Brynja Sigurdardottir to photograph the mothers in their fatigues ahead of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.
Following the photoshoot two weeks ago, the image of the military mothers breastfeeding was posted online and became a red-hot issue.
Mrs Scott told MailOnline: 'We were not expecting it. We went to bed and the next morning, we were getting calls, comments and emails.

Although there has been a rally of support, one Facebook comment compared the image of the mothers in uniform to 'urinating and defecating'.
Mrs Scott said: 'No one can agree on everything and everyone is 100 per cent entitled to their opinion. 'But to compare breastfeeding to other bodily functions like defecating and urinating? It's disheartening and saddening.'
She added: 'We've done nothing wrong. We're not disgracing the uniform, we are very proud.
'We can only hope that it brings positive changes not only for military but for women across the board to show them they don't have to hide in the closet.'
There are currently no clear regulations as to whether or not a military member in uniform is allowed to breastfeed.

Robyn Roche-Paull, a lactation consultant and a U.S. Navy Veteran wrote a book and has a blog called Breastfeeding in Combat Boots which aims to make women's position clearer while breastfeeding and serving their country.
As she writes: 'There are NO polices or regulations in any of the military branches that either approve OR disapprove of breastfeeding in uniform.'
She said that arguments against were based on the fact that it shows a woman to be nurturing and therefore 'unprofessional'.
U.S. law states that a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property.
The public affairs department at Fairchild Air Force Base did not respond to messages for comment left by MailOnline.

source: dailymail


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