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Proud Military Wife Defends Her Photograph Of Service Woman Breastfeeding In Uniform After Online Attacks

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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

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

 

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

We've done nothing wrong. We're not disgracing the uniform, we are very proud. 

Crystal Scott, founder of Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group

 

There has been much confusion over this issue with some servicewomen being asked to move to private rooms while at the same time nothing has been said to women feeding their babies from bottles.

The Mom2Mom Facebook page has been flooded with comments.

Tracy Mueller Schoesler wrote: 'What strong beautiful women who are not just fighting for the freedoms of this country but for themselves and their children! Breastfeeding is a fundamental right in or out of an uniform!'

One supporter Anna Krause commented: 'This is great. You are still A mom no matter what.'

Another Jessica Emerick said: 'I can't believe someone would have the audacity to judge or criticize this photo, or any nursing mother. It's pitiful.'

However there have been detractors. One fellow soldier Rita Trujillo commented: 'I as one of many women who fought long and hard to be accepted and respected as fellow soldiers and the right to wear these uniforms feel shocked, angry at these published photos.'

Bringing about change: Trysta Chavez also posed for a photograph with her baby after seeing a lack of support for women breastfeeding in public

Bringing about change: Trysta Chavez also posed for a photograph with her baby after seeing a lack of support for women breastfeeding in public

Statement: Mrs Chavez was among the women who allowed themselves to be photographed for a campaign for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August

Statement: Mrs Chavez was among the women who allowed themselves to be photographed for a campaign for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August

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.



 

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Comment by Roz T on June 6, 2012 at 6:02pm

Miluvmigood You need to grow up and the other b*tches   mind your f*#kg business stop putting words in my mouth I didnt say I had anything against carribean or Island people!. My comments were to answer to Mervin and Marlon about the breast feeding in Uniform this is where this conversation started so all this other Bullshit about race shut the fk up.  The POINT  is these women violated rules while in uniform.  And could face possible dishonorable discharge if taken further!   This would ruin a chance to further their education, its already hard for vets when they come out. This site is for people to voice their opinion on current event topics, It dont matter if its carribean site.  And Marlon for the record I'm straight dont drink 40's , and have a man with a DICK and dont speak on laziness cause there are all types of people in the welfare office including yr people.

  

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 6, 2012 at 1:17pm

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 6, 2012 at 12:39pm

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Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 6, 2012 at 7:13am

Sh Miller YOU ARE VERY WISE;

As a people we suffer universal the world has shrunk to nano seconds . I was in the hills of Caracas Venezuela in the heart of the "favelas"(shanty town) coming from Tiffany Street(South Bronx),The folks said to me in broken english "Hurry Up BLACK POWER" This was heart warming ,eye opening,that statement made me see how Blacks from afar look up to the contemporary Black Youth of America (U.S.A) and still do respect them. During this time Caribbean Island (Jamaica/Cuba) was given assistance to the Civil RIGHTS Movement.

In 70's as a member of a militia was sent to NAPANOCK, New York, EASTERN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION during a job action, at that time a bastion of the Ku KLUX KLAN these people had the same mentality as this individual.

When I speak it is with a Gullah accent people asked if I was from South Carolina I say no. I had to go to The Inter Coastal Islands wound up in mosquito Beach,South Carolina and swear I was on the Island OF Barbados because of how the people interacted with each other.

BLACK PEOPLE ARE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD SO THEIR CAN (COME/ GO BACK) ANYWHERE ON GODS EARTH 

Comment by Marlon brown on June 6, 2012 at 1:11am

Nicely said Sh Miller . A black woman told me to go back to Africa while I was in Walmart picking up pet fishes for my daughter. She only said this because I am black with an accent that she don't know, a real dummy that cant tell the difference between a Jamaican and a African accent, she went as far as to call the cops on me in the store saying I am harassing here.

At the time of this incident my attire was professionally spiffy as I was coming from the office the cop was rather astonished and asked me a questions and before I could reply a WHITE lady intervened and told the cop that the woman was lying.

One Love to all races but be careful of the Poorer Black Americans they blame everyone except themselves for their plight.

" ALIENS 4 EVA "

Comment by Sh Miller on June 6, 2012 at 12:45am

An Those same persons who talk the back to weh yuh come from s*** didn't even invent it,It was invented in the 1960 -1970's depending in which state you were,and i also am sure after slavery ended and slave master and his workers got broke and formed the KLAN they were saying this s*** too.But when the persons of european decent use to say go weh yuh come from s*** to blacks,everybody had shut they f***** mouth,no backtalk,till they see a "ALIEN" so this is they revenge aints master to say it to another black,sorta like the n**** thing,but just this statement isnt socially cool and more out of hostility..

Comment by Sh Miller on June 6, 2012 at 12:39am

Going back into this discussion,didnt realize how it get to this emigrant ting.I aint an alien,even though my skins darker than the persons who got here in the 1600's on boats with baggage,and those who got here in the 1500's and 1600's and their only baggage was chains on their hands and feet,which they werent even allowed to keep,just exchange for some other chains and lashes cross the back.I aint an alien,i deserve the same dignity to be called an emigrant,the europeans and even one else calls their race emigrants,so i deserve this,i aint an alien. AND THIS IS WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY IS THE REAL REASON I WROTE THIS COMMENT (ROZ T) THOSE FROM THE LAND I WAS BORN IN DONT CONSIDER ME A PERSON OF THAT COUNTRY,AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF AMERICANS LIKE YOURSELF DONT CONSIDER ME A REAL AMERICA,EVEN THOUGH I AM A LEGAL CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY.PLUS I HAVE NO BROTHERS OR SISTERS,AND NO FAMILY,EXCEPT FOR A PARENT WHO DIDNT WANT PARENTAL DUTIES,JUST TO HAND ME AROUND FROM PERSON TO PERSON,SO I DIDN'T HAVE A CHILDHOOD,AND I WAS HERE BASICALLY TILL 1999 = 15 YEARS ALL BY MYSELF.SO YOU SEE I DONT REALLY HAVE A HOME. SO "ROZ T" SHOULD UNDERSTAND SOMETHING CALLED "GREAT SACRIFICES MADE".AND THE LAND OF OPPERTUNITY A LIE,IT IS A LAND LIKE ANY OTHER LAND,A LAND OF JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE TO THE NEXT DAY ONLY DIFFERENCE YOU GO HOME AND WATCH A 42 INCH T.V INSTEAD OF A 19" IN AFGANISTAN OR A 13" INCH IN AFRICA OR RURAL ASIA WITH 1 19" INCH FOR THE WHOLE VILLAGE.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 10:50pm

I do not think my ICE Officer ROZ-T can pass the 

ASVAB ! 

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 10:30pm

MY "GREEN" CARD NEVER FORGET

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 10:11pm

All persons residing in the United States Of America pays taxes. When you go to the bodega to pick up that "FOURTY" you will pay "Sam" in case one forgets. Loving Jamaicans,Mexicans and Nigerians means nothing if you do not love your self. The City of New York Board Of Education (DOE) have fail you big time!(need a lawyer 1-

 

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