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.
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.
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.