Military mothers' breastfeeding images spark an outrage

Military mothers' breastfeeding images spark an outrage

Wenatchee : WA : USA | Jun 02, 2012 at 8:04 AM PDT
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Military Moms' Breastfeeding Photo Stokes Controversy

The recent images showing two military mothers, breastfeeding their babies, has sparked an outrage in the military forces and over the internet

Breastfeeding while in uniform is considered to be a taboo, and this point is proven by the response on the recent images of military mothers breastfeeding their babies. The images, which were recently posted on a website, have sparked an outrage over the fact that these mothers did not maintain the sanctity of the uniform.

Byrnia Sigurdadottir, is the photographer who took these pictures for real-life breastfeeding moms to create posters for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.

These pictures were taken on an Air Force base and they began circulating online. These pictures show two military mothers, beaming, and feeding their kids while in uniform. The uniform shirts of these women are unbuttoned and hiked up to breastfeed their children. The mothers featured in these pictures did the shoot willingly to raise awareness about breastfeeding. The project itself was started by Crystal Scott, who is a military spouse who started a website called, in January, as a breastfeeding support group for military moms and 'anyone related to the base', at Fairchild AFB, outside Spokane, Wash. "A lot of people are saying it's a disgrace to the uniform. They're comparing it to urinating and defecating [while in uniform]," says Crystal Scott, according to a report by "It's extremely upsetting. Defecating in public is illegal. Breast-feeding is not."

One of the mothers in the photograph, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe said that she was quite shocked to find out about people's reaction on these pictures. "I have breast-fed in our lobby, in my car, in the park ... and I pump, usually in the locker room," she said according to a report by "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 breast-feed whether they're active duty, guard or civilian."

"There isn't a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform," she added. "I think it's something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done. ... I think we do need to be able to breast-feed in uniform and be protected."

These breastfeeding pictures have drawn mixed responses. Some of the people say that they show what women are capable of while others are saying that these images are debasing the military uniform.

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