Tuesday, May 17, 2011

City in Georgia passes law restricting breastfeeding in public

I do not know where to go from here. You would think that with the Call to Action from the Surgeon General would stop cities from making NEW laws like this. That is right, Mummies and Daddies... a NEW LAW was passed the other night by the Council in Forest Park Georgia. They passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity, which previously only covered Adult Entertainment Business.

But hold your Nummie Makers, now the law PROHIBITS public breastfeeding with nummie lovers over two years old! Oh but wait.... the City Manager,  John Parker called the law a proactive step. Saying  “it sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city."

(Take a moment and take that in.... go ahead.... I will wait.)


Oh and if you would like to contact that lovely City Manager.... here is his email:
jparker@forestparkga.org



HUH?! WHAT?! HUH??!! So just so we are clear.... public breastfeeding (PAST two years old) is now considered public nudity in Forest Park. WOW!  Now, I live in Georgia (luckily not in Forest Park) and I have to say I am HIGHLY disappointed! Where is the nudity in public breastfeeding? AND what is up with the age limit? Seriously?! Oh I foresee a huge outcry from this!!!!! I might just have to take my happy little self on a field trip! Oh but wait.... my nummie is 18 months old..... so I would not be breaking the law. Maybe I will wait a few more months.

16 comments:

  1. How are they going to enforce this?! How can you know how old the baby is? It's not like you carry their birth certificate with you... like there is nothing better they should be making illegal. What is wrong with the world seriously?!

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  2. Ok, I am not sure if this information has been vetted. The state of Georgia has actual codes protecting the breastfeeding dyad.
    GA code 31-1-9 and GA code 34-1-6. As a childbirth educator in South Georgia and an IBCLC, I keep up to date. If a city tried to enforce the dyad is protected by state law.

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  3. Who pushed this law? Hmmmm really weird.

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  4. @ anonymous: thank you for stating the state law! That is great info to have! So I wonder if this city law is meant to scare breastfeeding moms and keep them away.....hmmmmm

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  5. Okay... breastfeeding past the age of 2 is just wrong anyway. If you want to pump and feed that to your child, have at it... but when the child is old enough to walk, talk & ask for the boob... that's just gross! Thank you to the city council who passed this ordinance!

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  6. Umm.. ok above poster - breastfeeding is a 100% natural way to feed your child and in most cultures (ok all cultures) since the beginning of time it goes on past 2 years. There are a lot of things we shouldn't be feeding to our 2 year olds and no one bats an eye at it - mothers milk is not one of them. If you sexualize it, it's wrong. But then if you sexualize anything with a 2 year old it's wrong!

    -Mer

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  7. "Breastfeeding after the age of 2 is just wrong"? If that's your stance, what are you doing on a breastfeeding support site?

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  8. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-breastfeeding-restrictions-in-forestpark-ga/

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  9. We have reached a milestone! We have our first ever negative comment to one of our posts.
    Thank you mummies for supporting and defending us all.
    Breastfeeding isn't gross, if you don't like it you don't have to look. I think smoking infront of public doors is gross.......plus that isn't even healthy. But I don't. Say anything about it. It is my choice to breastfeed my baby, my choice to do what is healthy. If you disagree...I am sorry. But you don't have to watch.

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  10. It get's worse, this blogger had a convo with Mr. Parker, who was stated "We don't want children that can walk around to be breastfeeding in public." !!!!!! http://www.thisdaddysblog.com/2011/05/new-law-says-breastfeeding-in-public-is.html

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  11. Our son has been walking since 8 months! That's absolutely ridiculous....just like thinking that giving breastmilk in a bottle is OK, but directly breast feeding is not. Milk is milk no matter where it comes from. We are mammals....feeding our young (no matter how old) is what makes us mammals and it is what we are supposed to do. <3 all you Nummie supporters!!!

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  12. Smoking in public is a GREAT example i hate having to smell it when walking into a place of business but here in ga there is no law against that. I will admitt i USE to feel the same way about nursing over the age of two but since having my own two yr old who would only nurse ti she was almost 2and the great education of mummies nummies and a few other pages i completely support it. And besides no one should be able to tell moms u cant feed ur child because u chose to nurse. I will sign that petition!

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  13. I am so glad that you are blogging about this too. We all have different readers and the more people we reach the better we will be

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  14. @ This Daddy: You are right! I just hope we can change their minds.

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  15. I am of mixed ancestry, with a Native American father. We normally breastfeed until around age six or seven, the age at which a child's immune system finally reaches full capacity. Anyone who tried this ordinance on me would face a complaint of religious discrimination!

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