The Forest Park city council voted Monday night to amend the public indecency ordinance that banned public breast-feeding of children over the age of 2, Channel 2 Action News reports. The new ordinance drops the age limit.
“City leaders told Channel 2 that the ordinance was changed as a result of the public’s reaction.”
“More than 300 breast-feeding women and their supporters participated in a “nurse-in” May 23 in front of the Forest Park City Hall to protest the new law.”
“Protest organizers, some calling themselves “lactivists,” said the law interfered with letting the child determine when he or she will stop nursing.”
“City attorney Robert Mack Jr. previously said the ordinance was aimed at public nudity and not breast-feeding.”
Three questions to talk about here: 1. Is there really nudity when nursing? 2. Can a child be too old to nurse? 3.Whose business is breastfeeding?
The city attorney’s quote doesn’t make any sense to me at all. How can limiting the age of the child nursing decrease the amount of breast shown while nursing? In actuality, the bigger the kid and the bigger the kids’ head the more of the mother he covers.
The fact of the matter is you can discreetly nurse any age child. You can use a sling, a blankie or even one of those new nursing aprons that pops out at the top so you can see the baby or child. You can use a nursing top that is designed to discreetly open. You can pull up from the bottom where you would in theory see midriff but the baby is usually covering your stomach anyway. How offensive can it be to see a mother feeding her child?
That’s all just a bunch of bull about the nudity. People aren’t comfortable with the act of breastfeeding and they just need to get over it.
And here’s the thing, Julie Duncan, the head of perinatal education at Piedmont Hospital always taught us, Georgia is a right to nurse state. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot nurse your child.
I also think it’s wrong for anyone but the mother and child to decide when it’s time to stop nursing. I was determined to nurse my kids for at least 12 months and we did. But they still seemed like such babies at 1 that we just kept right on nursing. I was pregnant with Walsh when I stopped nursing Rose at 18 months. Walsh stopped about the same time gradually weaning himself and Lilina stopped a little before then on her own.
I think the mother and child know what’s best for them, and Georgia towns need to stay out of how and when we nurse our babies.
So what do you think? Do you really ever see mothers hanging out their breasts when they are nursing? Are people really offended by feeding a baby? Should the government determine how and when and how long a mother nurses her child?