I have nothing but the greatest admiration for the women in our Armed Forces. They do the job the men do, usually under more scrutiny and pressure, and they do it well. These women also raise a family. So, why this photo was considered so shocking and outrageous is confusing to me. The two women shown proudly nursing their children while in uniform have been subject to a firestorm of criticism–apparently, for combining lactation and fatigues.
Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, a member of the Air National Guard who was photographed in uniform nursing her 10-month-old twin daughters. “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.”
(Editor’s note: as a fellow mother of twins, watching Terran calmly serve lunch up to her girls in the football hold rouses fear, admiration, self-loathing and awe in me. The lactation coach tried to get me to pull that stunt with Zach and MacLean. Not even possible. With my singular lack of coordination, one of those poor boys would have been dropped on his head within the first five minutes.)
The other Mom, Crystal Scott said “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! Shine in an interview. “We never expected it to be like this.”
Disappointing. Very. How can women succeed as mothers without support? Nursing is not dirty. It is not shameful. And while I was never the one to unbutton my blouse and let my bosom fly free in public–who cares? I think this is one of the prettiest pictures I’ve ever seen.
Material from: Yahoo Shine