Military Wife Defends Breastfeeding In Uniform Photo

Published On: May 31 2012 06:05:50 AM EDT
SPOKANE, WASH. -

A photograph of two servicewomen breastfeeding in public while in uniform ignited a global debate after popping up on the Internet.

The picture shows Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and her friend Christina Luna, both members of the Air National Guard, breastfeeding while on their lunch break at the Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington.

The picture was taken for Mom2Mom, a breastfeeding support group for women who live and work at the base.

Mom2Mom's founder, Crystal Scott says she wasn't expecting the reaction the picture got when it was posted online.

"We went to bed and the next morning, we were getting calls, comments and emails," Scott said.

Although the moms have gotten plenty of support from the online community, they've also gotten negative comments, including one that compares the picture to "urinating or defecating" in uniform.

Meanwhile, both moms and Scott stand by the pictures.

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

The military has no clear regulations on breastfeeding while in uniform.

However, U.S. law states that a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a federal building or on federal property.