Wild outrage erupts after a picture of military moms Terran Echegoyen-McCabe & Christina Luna nursing their babies surfaces on Facebook. Is it gross? Beautiful? A disgrace? What do YOU think?
Here we go again, it’s another breastfeeding photo that’s sparking massive controversy. This time it’s a picture of of two Air Force soldiers Terran Echegoyen McCabe and Christina Luna breastfeeding their children.
According to the Huffington Post, there are 11 things you CAN’T do while wearing your military uniform, including eating or talking on a cell phone while walking (fine while standing still), keeping your hands in your pockets, chewing gum, holding hands, kissing and hugging (except during homecomings and deployments). Soldiers should always have their right hand free so they can salute at any time.
Breastfeeding is nowhere on the list.
Terran (on the left) told TODAY that she nurses her 10-month-old twin daughters in uniform all the time, “in our lobby, in my car, in the park.”
She says she’s proud to be wearing a uniform while breastfeeding and hopes it encourages other women to breastfeed while on active duty, on guard or as a civilian.
The moms have been both slammed and praised.
On the official Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group Facebook page where the photo was posted, one commenter wrote: “If one cannot chew gum, walk & talk on a mobile phone, or have large exposed tattoos, then what makes it OK to breastfeed in uniform out in the open? It does not matter what service you are in, if you are a breastfeeding mother and will not or cannot uphold that professional image, then get the hell out of the military..”
On the other hand, another commenter is in full support: “I’m so proud of them for standing up for breastfeeding and not being afraid to feed their babies in public and in uniform!”
HollyMoms — what do YOU think about the image?
— Lorraine Chow
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