New Extended Breastfeeding Law Is a Crime!


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Brace yourself, the Breastfeeding Police are at it again in Georgia. This time they've locked their sights on slutty exhibitionist moms who dare to think they can feed their 2-year-old in public and get away with it.

What is going on down there? Have all the peaches gone bad? First a Georgia school district banned breastfeeding for students and teachers. And now a town council in Forest Park has equated extended breastfeeding to public indecency.

Look, I get it. Not everyone is comfortable with nursing moms -- and they may never be, no matter how much they read up on it. But we all have things that are perfectly legal that we really don't like, that we have no right to impede upon.

Logic, more than emotion, goes into the acceptance of a lot of things outside your lifestyle choices. But this!? The 'Logic Train' to Georgia has definitely derailed.

In an attempt to "control public nudity," they've decided that nursing a child over the age of 2 will no longer be covered by the state law that excludes nursing women from being charged with indecent exposure. So for right now, my toddler and my nursing relationship is wholesome ... but in two months, suddenly it goes from me nursing her to illegal public nudity?

How is this legal? I was fairly sure city laws couldn't contradict state laws ... from what I can tell, Forest Park isn't a 'Home Rule' city either, so this shouldn't even carry weight! Their previous law only had rules about adult entertainment businesses, but I guess these "slutty" moms of toddlers have been causing quite a ruckus? You know, taking out a breast to feed a toddler and all ... unless there are tassels involved, all I'm seeing is a giant waste of time and resources, and a really crappy message to women who've made it that long in the first place.

Imagine if pacifier use suddenly became illegal, or your baby's favorite stuffed animal or sippy cups, in public ... same deal to a toddler, by the way, give or take some nutrition and whatnot. Since when is breastfeeding damaging to society?

And I thought Tennessee had issues with its own restrictive breastfeeding law, preventing the public nursing of a child over 1, which they at least managed to fix. Between this and the Georgia school district banning breastfeeding, it's no surprise Georgia is only a tiny step above Tennessee with a pathetic 9.7 percent of babies being exclusively breastfed until only 6 months.

Look, when my daughter turns 2, there's no magic jump. It's not the Sims here -- she doesn't spin around and magically turn into a child with spurts of confetti, and suddenly all my interactions with her change accordingly. I'll nurse her the day before her birthday, on it, and the day after, and aside from a fun party in there, and her being RIGHT when she answers, "TWO!" when asked how old she is, nothing else changes. It certainly doesn't magically make my breasts sex objects.

Oh Georgia ... how long until this gets retracted? For being in a part of the country with the highest rates of obesity and diabetes, and ranked 43rd in overall health, you really can't afford to punish women and their children who've succeeded in something HEALTHY and GOOD. And, much less can you afford to try to link breastfeeding to something sexual, perverted, or damaging -- a message that has a much further reach and heavier impact than just this law.

If you want to let them know what you think, send a message, email, or call City Hall yourself. Maybe thousands of emails that say that the World Health Organization and multiple Surgeons General recommend 2 as a minimum -- not max -- might help get the point across? Be proactive!

What do you think of Forest Park's law?


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nonmember avatar Anon

In their defense, a 2-year-old is not EBG and does not need to breastfeed on demand at all hours. You can plan your day around your kid's need to breastfeed. And also, the vast majority of breastfed kids are weaned by age 2 (and no, that's not a terrible shame).

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

Ridiculous.  There's no way this will stand.  I'm still nursing my 3 and a half year old.  The only time he nurses out in public (because he's usually too busy) is when he's gotten hurt somehow.   I'd laugh in someone's face if they tried to tell me it was indecent.  Give me a break.


Charlotte M Spurrill-Kayser

How are they going to enforce this, anyway?  Are police officers going to be approaching momthers asking to see their todler's birth certificate?  My 4-year-old is smaller and looks yonger than many 2 year olds.  Some 9-month-olds look at least 2.

"I'm sorry you were mistaken officer, but my nursing child is only 23 months old.  No, I left his birth certificate at home."

Anna V Ilkka

??? I'm nursing my 33 mo old, and, we don't have to nurse in public anymore, but would if we had to. More people should nurse their toddlers and I am proud of those who are willing to do so in public. From observation, I think I really have a much easier time of things with my toddler. She doesn't have sleep issues (she always tells me when she is ready to go to bed), and, she when she goes on food strikes, I don't have to worry. We can approach everything naturally and with grace because, well, I have something she wants. The payoff to extended nursing far outweighs any embarrasment I may originally certainly outweighs the great societal disdain I feel for doing so.

amile... amileegirl

And yet you can walk around with DDD breasts in a size extra small white tank top, no bra, past an air conditioner.

But, gracious me, a 2 year old  must wait for a snack in the name of decency?


jpfsmom jpfsmom

You have to understand this is the state that was trying to instill the death penalty for abortions and (gasp!) Miscarriages...Atlanta is a great city (Savannah too) but the rest of the state...ehh

nonmember avatar Annoyed

actually, other non-member guest, the average weaning age is between 3 and 4. We, as a culture, think that this biological norm is unnecessary, but if you want to be factual, then the norm is anywhere from 2 to 7, not before two! I think Christie hit the nail on the head here.

zandh... zandhmom2

I'm sorry but I actually don't have a problem with this law.  I bf both of my kids for the 1st year and after that they went to sippy cups.  Any child over 2 should be drinking from a cup not the breast.  I think by that age, it really is all about what mommy wants and not the baby or should I say toddler.  If you toddler is eating healthy, they should no longer be bfding or drinking from a bottle.

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