By SGT Volkin
For those of you going to basic training or thinking about joining the military, I am sure you have read the recent controversy surrounding the two National Guard women photographed by Mom2Mom, breast feeding their children. This blog post is for YOU to voice your opinion and not meant to persuade you in either direction, right or wrong. With that said, I would like to give both a positive and negative opinion on Mom2Mom. First the positive, congratulations on your brilliant marketing campaign that was able to stir a viral debate and bring awareness to your cause. Now the negative, shame on you for using military servicewomen as a pawn to further your cause, you knew they would get in trouble for this, but you posted the pictures anyway. Although no formal reprimand has been handed to these women yet, you have undoubtedly ruined the careers of two military servicewomen. Once they receive your reprimand, I am certain you will not be there to support these two mothers monetarily as they will most likely be either be discharged or receive a reduction in rank and pay.
Before we analyze what both sides are saying about this controversy, it is important for you to understand that the military is not reprimanding these women for their stance on breast feeding. They will reprimand these women for breastfeeding in their uniform AND allowing their picture to be taken. It is a violation of military regulations to use the uniform to further a civilian cause.
Now, let’s analyze what both sides are saying about this controversy. Please note, by posting the below, I am neither disagreeing or agreeing with these comments.
-All that mother is doing is feeding her child..The problem is she is wearing a military uniform while she is nursing..so what – via CNN forum
-There’s really no reason to get upset over this. It doesn’t place the military in a bad light, in fact it makes me feel better about the military. I would be offended if the military makes a bid deal over it – via CNN forum
-These two airmen should get some form of punishment, not because they are breastfeeding but because they broke the rules.-via Huffington Post forum
-There is no story here. Breastfeeding in any uniform is acceptable. – via CNN forum
-The national guard is in favor of killing mothers sleeping in their homes overseas but against national guard mothers feeding their children in the healthiest way. -via Huffington Post forum
-I’ve seen much more at the beach. I guess some people don’t like “naturalist moms?” Certainly cannot be those who so vigilantly desire “woman’s rights?” -via Huffington Post forum
SOUND OFF! What do you think?
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