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Breastfeeding moms in military uniforms reprimanded (+video)

The Washington National Guard said the photo of two military moms breastfeeding their children was a violation of a regulation that forbids using the uniform to promote a cause.

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Officials at 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.

Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, a member of the Air National Guard, was photographed in uniform nursing her 10-month-old twin daughters. Sitting next to her, also nursing, is Christina Luna. Both Luna and Echegoyen-McCabe live and work at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.

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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.


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