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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 Marlon brown on June 5, 2012 at 4:58pm

The master's favorite Slave is back . LOooool  lol . Pack Up Roz T

Comment by One Love on June 5, 2012 at 4:51pm
Roz t grow.the hell up.
You are as.ignorant as.it gets. Know your history and come again.
People who travel don't speak the way you speak.
Where are your parents from and why are you on a Caribbean site telling people to go back where.they come from ? This site is mostly Caribbean people so if you don't like us, why do you want to be around.us?
Comment by Roz T on June 5, 2012 at 4:40pm

I am a citizen and dont need a GREEN card I have worked since 14, and never been on welfare, and I do travel outside of US , You are blowing this out of proportion making it a race thing. I thought the subject was taking pictures breast feedingin Uniform, youre only arguing about it because of exposed breast, you think with yr little D*&ks instead of yr big Heads!  Other people need to keep their 2 cents to themselves and read from begining. I am not a racist I luv my Jamiacan, Nigerian & spanish friends and I  have respect for all walks of life, If you live here illegally not paying taxes like the rest of us I have a problem with that.  Some of these foreigners say they hate this country but come here for education, so why dont you get that and go back to educate and help yr people instead of staying and bringing yr whole family here!  So you pack the Fk Up ! Ignorant ass

Comment by Marlon brown on June 5, 2012 at 3:29pm

@ TiGirl , We knew what you meant , The Grammar checkers are away now . Anyway it sounded cool so lets "EDUCATION"  Roz T and let her know when she seen hard working legal immigrants she need to salute . BUMBO CLAAAAAT

Comment by Marlon brown on June 5, 2012 at 3:15pm

Laziness ,  Always wanting a raise, Nonchalant attitude these are the reasons Americans loose jobs. They don't realize how hard working " Aliens" are , this is what gives us the edge because we are able letter employers rest assure that the job will be taken care of no matter what. 

I know there are a lot of hard working Americans and I respect them to the max , but don't B1Tch and Moan when all you want out of life is a FLAT SCREEN TV , BEER AND PU55Y ( D1Ck In Roz T's  Case or May Be ).

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 2:59pm

Malon Brown; Aliens will feed her when she join she would get to see the the real United States OF America policy on the soldier of "AFRICAN DECENT"

Oh I forgot to mention that the current President of the U.S.A is half Alien(KENYAN)

her bags are half packed 

Comment by Marlon brown on June 5, 2012 at 2:59pm

This is the stupid mentality that come from lack of education and the willingness to work hard .

Pack Up Roz T ...

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 2:50pm

TIG Knowledge is power Ignorance is subjection !

Comment by Marlon brown on June 5, 2012 at 2:49pm

@Mervin ... What is Roz T gonna do with a passport , The " Aliens " are stopping her from eating and holding down a good job . How the hell she's gonna pay for airfare. Its best she join the military for free travel. ( That's if they will even take her.)

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 5, 2012 at 2:38pm

When The Mohawks,The Seneca,The Manhattans ask for my Alien behind to leave that is when I may pick up leave.

You are on a blog of Alien descendants talking yang on a computer designed by said Aliens.

I'm a United States of America Citizen (that is the name of the country you live in) living abroad.

The Caribbean is also America extend from Coast of Florida to the Coast of South America.

There is that word again North,Central,South America fell  asleep in geography again?

I've no disrespect for you RozT invest in a passport and travel open your mind.

.The video of Roots was not directed at you it was a general statement never forget our Kidnapping / Holocaust.

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