http://www.wsbtv.com/news/27920007/detail.htmlForest Park Restricts Public Breast Feeding
Posted: 6:09 am EDT May 17, 2011
Updated: 7:08 am EDT May 17, 2011
FOREST PARK, Ga. -- A new law in metro Atlanta will limit breast feeding in public.
On Monday night, Forest Park passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity. Previously, the city only had a public indecency ordinance that covered adult entertainment businesses.
According to the law, no woman can breast feed anyone older than 2 years old in public. City manager John Parker called the law a proactive step.
“It sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city," Parker said.
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Great idea? Terrible and oppressive? Stupid in general? Brilliant?
ETA - I should clarify that I mean FOR ME, two years was more than enough time. Kyla, I know you weren't speaking to me specifically, but it made me reread what I wrote and want to clarify. People should obviously be able to decide for themselves...
Last edited by b525; 05-17-2011 at 09:08 PM.
So very, very wrong! I dont care what age you (general) think I should stop breastfeeding my child, it is up to me (the mother) and nobody else business! What difference does it mean to the general public? Nursing is not nudity!!!!
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I don't think it's telling people when they should stop BF'ing. I think it's telling people when they should stop BF'ing in public. I personally don;t see why anyone would need to BF their 2 yo in public. The whole reason for BFing in public is because a baby needs to eat often. At 2, your child should be fine with eating at regular times and doesn;t need to eat right away. Not to mention when I nursed my DD at 2 1/2 she constantly popped off and ran and it was way harder to be discreet. It just seems like common sense, but whatever.
I don't think it is brilliant and I don;t think it is necessary and would probably be against it just because of that. It's not law worthly in my book. But to get all up in arms as if it's a slight against BFing and hold signs saying I shoudl be allowed to BF'ed my 6 yo in public if I want....yeah, can't quite get that outraged.
Oh and I do think some women BF in public in a very inappropriate way just to make a point and at times it can border on nudity. I don't think there should be a law against it, but it can absolutely be considered nudity.
Last edited by culturedmom; 05-18-2011 at 07:26 AM.
Why is 2 the magic age? I can definitely see how someone might perceive that the law is encouraging people to be done breastfeeding by age 2. I mean, a one-year old could technically fit into the description of not needing to eat as often and being able to run off and do something else, instead. And, a one-year-old could drink a cup of milk instead of nursing, as well. I'd be interested to know what their reasoning was.
Like Lana, I don't care enough to make a stink, but I do think it's an unnecessary law. And I think we should avoid the practice of making laws just to clarify the ones that are already in existence. It's hard to imagine they have a huge problem with nudie BFing.
There are a few times when I have breastfed my 2yo in publicv (while pregnant no less!!). When we are spending the day at the beach and I nurse him before he naps on the blanket. When we are at the outdoor bandstand for an evening performance at his usual bedtime so I nurse him from my lawn chair.
Who are they to put a limit on this, especially when the worldwide average age of weaning is over 3 years old.
Dumb...to me it's another example of trying to control through laws. But this is especially dumb. I don't think it's governments job to say when/where you can nurse. And while I wouldn't feel comfortable nursing a baby that age in public, I think it's ridiculous to make a law against it.
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