SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington National Guard and Fairchild Air Force Base say two nursing mothers were wrong to be photographed in uniform breastfeeding their babies.
The photos were taken and posted on the Internet by a group on base called Mom 2 Mom. The goal was to promote National Breastfeeding Awareness Week in August. They immediately prompted a debate in the comment sections of Spokane TV stations about breastfeeding in public in uniform.
A spokesman for the Washington National Guard at Camp Murray, Capt. Keith Kosik, says it’s a violation of regulations to use the uniform to promote a cause. And a Fairchild spokesman, Maj. Randy Bailey, says there’s no issue with moms in the military breastfeeding, but campaigning in uniform is not allowed.