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City Bans Public Breastfeeding Of Children Over Two

By Monica Bielanko |

Hope these two hooligans aren't in Forest Park, Georgia or they are BREAKING THE LAW!

What the?  Who the?  How the?

As medical professionals and even the government are trying to convince mothers everywhere of the benefits of breastfeeding, a new law in metro Atlanta will limit breast feeding in public.

City council members in Forest Park, Georgia are cracking down on any mothers hooligans who dare to unleash their bosom and (gasp!) breastfeed a child over two in public.

Now listen, I’ve written about “extraordinary breastfeeding” before (although nursing a two-year-old is hardly extreme) and how weird I feel about older children (like, older than 4) being breastfed – but even I think this law is the biggest load of crap.

Councilors passed an indecency ordinance May 16 in the Atlanta suburb to prevent public nudity, which includes breastfeeding anyone older than two.  “It sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city,” City Manager John Parker tells the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.

All I can say is THANK GOD.  I mean, it’s about time someone did something to “control” the rampant public nudity currently defiling the South, am I right?  Those pesky toddlers with their all the time hunger needs can suck it.  Well, technically they can’t suck it anymore.

We can only hope Mr. Parker and his city council cronies are nearby when the toddler who is denied mama’s milk commences tantruming.

Can the ordinance even be legal?  According to Dr. Vincent Iannelli, “like many other states, Georgia has a state law that declares that a ‘mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.’ There is even a federal law that states that ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.’” Iannelli goes on to say that several states even have laws that exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws.

So what’s the deal? The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t put a limit on how long moms should breastfeed, why should the Forest Park City Council in Georgia?


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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “City Bans Public Breastfeeding Of Children Over Two

  1. Jennie says:

    That’s ridiculous! Who the heck are they to set an “age limit” on feeding your child in public? What is this country coming to?! Pretty soon they will impose a “smile ban” in order to not offend cranky, insecure, unhappy people! Geez!!

  2. Gwen says:

    Unbelievable. Well, actually it is, it never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of some people. I was actually likened to a crack addict for breast feeding my then 4 month old descretely in ‘public’. Don’t get ir. Only in America.

  3. katrina says:

    gotta love conservative southern assholes who feel the need to put rules on my boobs!

  4. Debbie says:

    I hope a huge gaggle of mommies and toddlers are planning a nurse-in on the steps of were ever this law was signed into action.

  5. Judy says:

    Remember Clayton Counnty lost their school accreditation a few years ago – so just remember these are uneducated rednecks. No one has the right to set limits on the breast feeding of a child – it’s been proven that breast feed children are more intelligent than bottle fed babies. There are numerous benefits beyond intelligence but for Clayton County officials – intelligence is a factor that is clearly lacking – perhaps instead of discouraging a natural and healthy way to care for an infant and/or child Clayton County should be encouraging breast feeding to increase the collective intelligence of their citizens and especailly their officials!

  6. Lee says:

    This is crazy, how about they focus on the fact that Atlanta is the sex slave trade capital of the US.

  7. pleased says:

    If only they would pass it everywhere.

  8. Grace says:

    I saw this and immediately thought, “I hope katetietje doesn’t live in Georgia!”
    Government, lay off legislating our boobs!

  9. hannah says:

    Nudity? right…. because the occasional partial exposure of a boob to a toddler (as opposed to an infant? wha???) is more ‘nude’ than the obviously sensual partial exposure of a boob in a bathing top that covers less than a bra? wha??? besides it was my understanding that most nursing moms are considerate of their company and use courtesy methods of visual shielding (covers, blankets, body positioning, distance etc.) and what do the authorities/supporters expect to do? make nursing moms carry around the birth certificates to verify the age of the kid? and why two? why not 18mon? or 6? what kind of arbitrary illogical law is this? seriously?

  10. Jenny says:

    Awful, simply awful. So do we now have to carry around a birth cert to prove our child’s age? Or maybe just a sign stating “It’s ok we’re legal b/c she is only 23 mnths.”

  11. Catherine says:

    So, I’m no lactivist (I’m not even breastfeeding my own baby), but I think there’s a larger issue here. Why are we so obsessed with nudity?!?! Seeing a boob is going to be traumatic for the average citizen? WTF?!?! Good to know that my right to bear arms is sacred in Georgia while my right to expose my breast for its naturally designed purpose is under attack.

  12. gina says:

    First the public park, next Walmart ( or was it first Walmart?) Did they ban crack exposure yet? Crack kills. Time they started to address the issues which truly bother. As for nursing in public places, not bothered.

  13. SouthernMan says:

    Thats fine with me, but only if they outlaw McDonald’s Happy Meals for kids 2 and under.

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