Surprised to hear that coming from the gal that hosted the Breastfeeding Blog Hop for a year and opening supports nursing in public?
You shouldn’t be.
Photo Credit: Brynja Sigurdardottir
You may have already seen the articles online about the military moms who are “proud” to breastfeed in uniform.
Here’s the deal, folks. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public. Just don’t do it in uniform.
One commenter said it best:
The military is not a civilian job. We go to combat and we make life or death decisions, and not just for ourselves but for those we lead. The same reason I would never nurse in uniform is the same reason I do not chew gum, or walk and talk on my cell phone, or even run into the store in my utility uniform. … We are warfighting professionals. Women before us have worked too hard to earn and retain the respect of their male peers. I don’t want my Marines to look at me any other way than as a Marine.
I think she’s right. Woman have fought too long and too hard to be part of our armed forces. The military isn’t about men or women and what each sex can or cannot do. It’s about our troops, performing an amazing sacrifice on behalf of their country.
Other professions have the luxury of different rules and norms. Although there isn’t any official policy about breastfeeding in uniform, I think it goes without saying that if you are nursing in public, it should be as a civilian, not a soldier.
— Jen J. (@LifeWithLevi) June 1, 2012