STOP New City Law That Limits Breastfeeding in Public
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At a time when most people are working hard to educate everyone on the importance of breastfeeding, encourage more mothers to start breastfeeding, and increase the rate of breastfeeding at three months, six months, and longer, one city has actually passed an ordinance that will likely help limit breastfeeding.
The City Council for the City of Forest Park, Georgia, which is just south of Atlanta, has passed a law that equates breastfeeding with nudity and public indecency.
According to the new law in Forest Park, women can't breastfeed kids older than two years old in public.
Besides the fact that it is a terrible idea to do anything that might restrict breastfeeding, whatever your views are on breastfeeding in public or extended breastfeeding, whether it is to directly limit where mothers can breastfeed, or indirectly harm the idea that breastfeeding is natural, it is hard to even believe the ordinance is legal.
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.'
Several states have specific breastfeeding laws that exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws, but is that really necessary? With this Forest Park ordinance going into effect, months after the Surgeon General released a Call to Action to Support Breastfeedingand the creation of a national campaign to promote breastfeeding, maybe we do.
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? The AAP states that 'There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.'
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Forest Park state that they 'determine the policies of the City and enact the local laws necessary for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.' Help them understand that their new law that equates breastfeeding with nudity and public indecency does nothing to protect the health or welfare of the city's children or their mothers. In addition to calling or emailing city officials, parents who live nearby should consider attending the Forest Park Nurse In on Monday, May 23 in front of City Hall.
Fighting this law will also help to make sure that other cities and states don't try to pass similar laws.
Georgia Moms Revolt Against New City Law That Limits Breastfeeding in Public
Published May 24, 2011
A cadre of "lactivists" took to the streets in Forest Park, Ga., to revolt against a new city ordinance that prohibits breastfeeding children ages 2 and older in public, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported. The city council passed the ordinance a month ago hoping to cut down on public nudity.
The protesters, who were comprised of dozens of women and their young children, cited the health benefits for both the child and mother when breastfeeding goes on until toddlerhood. The protest was called a "nurse-in," and it was staged Monday in front of Forest Park City Hall, the station reported.
“It doesn’t matter what age the child is,” Dana Gemer, who was with her 21-month-old son, told the station. “It should be the mother’s choice, or the child’s choice.”
City officials brushed off the protest, citing other cities with similar rules.
“You need to check ordinances in other jurisdictions," John Parker, the city manager said. “You’ll find the same verbiage exists in those, too.”
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.
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.
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?
Call the city of Forest Park and let them know what you think.
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