Is this photo of military moms breastfeeding a disgrace to the uniform?
Another breastfeeding controversy is brewing and this time it’s dealing with Military moms:
In an interview with the website of the “Today Show”, Air National Guard member Terran Echegoyen McCabe, who is shown hiking her khaki t-shirt to nurse her 10-month-old twin daughters, said that the act of breastfeeding in uniform was not new — she does it all the time, she said, “in our lobby, in my car, in the park.” What was new was the public nature of the photo, which was the point. “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.”
She and the other mom in the photo, Christina Luna, have been criticized and applauded since the photos started circulating online last week. “I breastfed and it didn’t matter where or when,” veteran Tish Karhoff wrote on the Mom2Mom website. “If any of my children were hungry I fed them, with my breast, but I didn’t take pictures of me doing it and I wasn’t trying to prove a point… There is a certain level of responsibility that comes with wearing that uniform… Cover up if you are going to be partly naked in a military uniform out of respect for your country and uniform…”
On the same site, veteran Eric Hobard disagrees: “I salute them both, as soldiers and free American mothers,” he writes. “I’ve fought for people that I do not know, in countries that have nothing in common with me, and for reasons that our politicians can not justify. Considering this fact, I’d fight to defend the rights of these two Americans every day of the week.”
We salute these courageous women for their service towards this country, boob or no boob these women are heroes. However, they are in unform and certain standards are heavily enforced when someone is in uniform. Do you think they should have not taken the breastfeeding photos?