Breastfeeding moms in uniform stir controversy

A picture taken of two moms breastfeeding in military uniforms has stirred up controversy.

Yahoo! reports the photo is part of a breastfeeding awareness campaign by Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base , a support group launched in January by Crystal Scott, a military spouse and mother of three.

While there are several pictures taken on the group's website of mom's breastfeeding, a picture of two moms with their Air Force uniforms on sticks out.

At a time when breastfeeding in public is already controversial, many have made comments saying it is a disgrace to the uniform and inappropriate to practice breastfeeding with it on.

"People are comparing breastfeeding in uniform to urinating and defecating in uniform. They're comparing it to the woman who posed in "Playboy" in uniform [in 2007]" Scott told Yahoo! in an interview. "We never expected it to be like this."

Others have come out in full support of the moms, saying the military is their family.

"I'm an X-ray tech and I breastfeed in my uniform all the time," Scott told Yahoo!. "Granted they're scrubs. But people do it all the time in their uniforms. If you have a hungry baby, why would you take the time to change completely?"

Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, a member of the Air National Guard who was photographed in uniform nursing her 10-month-old twin daughters, told the "Today" show that she's surprised by the reaction to the photos. She said she is proud to be wearing a uniform while breastfeeding.

"I have breastfed in our lobby, in my car, in the park ... and I pump, usually in the locker room," she told the "Today" show, adding that she usually nurses her babies while on her lunch break during drill weekends. "I'm proud to be wearing a uniform while breast-feeding. 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."

While there is no specific policy forbidding breastfeeding in uniform, Air Force spokesperson Captain Rose Richeson told MSNBC: "Airmen should be mindful of their dress and appearance and present a professional image at all times while in uniform."


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