Tuesday, May 17, 2011
At least, that is how it would appear. There have been two recent cases in which breastfeeding in Georgia has been restricted. One is by a public school system, Dougherty County, in which they have enacted a policy stating that babies are not allowed to breastfed in any of the schools. The second is the city council of the city of Forest Park, which has passed an ordinance which they hope will end "public nudity." Their law says that mothers may not nurse anyone over the age of two in public. Apparently they believe that breastfeeding in public is nudity - in fact, that it becomes nudity once the child is a certain age, whereas prior to that, it is somehow not nudity... ? How does breastfeeding suddenly become nudity based on the age of the baby? I thought nudity was defined by how much of one's clothing has been removed, and surely one doesn't disrobe to nurse an older child while staying clothed to nurse a younger one? This story has been explored on This Daddy's Blog here. Apparently these stories are being picked up nationwide, too: here's an article on The Stir.
Anyway, here are my letters to both the superintendent of Doughery County schools (email@example.com) and the city council of Forest park, particularly City Manager John Parker (). Here is his phone number: 404-366-4720. I called today and left a voice mail - he had already gone home... well, wouldn't you too, the day after passing unpopular policy which is being talked about across the country? ;) I would encourage anyone who feels that this is wrong to contact them yourselves to express your concerns.
To the Dougherty County Schools:
To the City of Forest Park: