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?