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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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Wheeeeeel and pull up again TiGirl. Lol. .... Roz T must understand that as much as we disagree at times on different topics we don't hate each other . This is the typical behavior of the Poorer Black Americans , they think that external forces such as immigrants, government and cost of living is the main reason they can't prosper.

The real problem stems from them been so Fukingg Lazy and expect that because they were born in this great country everything should be handed to them on a platter. They don't understand the struggles that we face and  how hard it is for us to overcome them and still be successful.

Roz T don't be hater just ask us ( Aliens ) how we do it .. Lol

Comment by Roz T on June 5, 2012 at 10:06am

You punkass b*tch I'm  nobody slave,  You both must be a weak ass black man who hit on women. Dont talk me . You're not my brothers my brothers wouldnt gang up on me, and there are people who feel the same way I do just too scared to speak up, Its because of the invasion of foreigners that our men & women of this country dont have jobs and Black men are robbing banks, supermarkets, selling drugs to kids or in Jail ! 

Give it a rest, I cant continue to feed ignorant men  Hope You grow up to live a half a century and learn !

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 4, 2012 at 8:02pm

Comment by Marlon brown on June 4, 2012 at 7:41pm
Lol Lol , too much voilence and discrimination. Roz T sounds like the master's favourite Slave anyway your not alone, there is a few more like you on the site. Lol
Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 4, 2012 at 6:55pm

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Comment by Roz T on June 4, 2012 at 6:50pm

And f*** all the aliens they need to go back to where they came from.  And If this country was invaded by people who want to do us harm I would be the first one to fight. Not to go into another mans country and fight his war ! 

Comment by Roz T on June 4, 2012 at 6:47pm

You simple asses  I am a grown Black Women! If you can read, I did not say anything was wrong with breast feeding my complaint is about it being in the uniform. And as for breast feeding it is very good for children but not after two yrs old it damages the teeth which i have a nephew who is living proof he have caps on most of his teeth and some were pulled because of the damage of feeding too long there is a point where you should stop No women in their right mind should feed a damn 3 or 4 yr old ! especially when they can pull up yr f*&king shirt in public and embarass you.  Dont comment to me everyone has a right to speak on this site and not bash anothers opinion be respectful You two little boys still have some growing and learning to do !

 

Comment by Marlon brown on June 4, 2012 at 12:24pm

He sound more like a baby which drank cheap 2% Milk from day one.

Comment by One Love on June 4, 2012 at 11:56am
Roz.T is.ignorant. maybe.never.seen outside the.USA.
My wife.breast feed our children and did.so.in public at times
It is healthier for.their body and do help them to be.more.intelligent than the.similac overweight children.
Roz t sound.like a.similac.son lmfao.
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