Army in Hawaii Mulls Breastfeeding Rules

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When Army spouse Tamara Algots was seen in the Schofield Barracks, Hawaii commissary Feb. 25 breastfeeding her baby in her Ergo baby carrier she was told by a commissary employee to either stop or leave.

“I was shocked because I feed my baby in the commissary all the time,” Algots told us in an interview. “I started tearing up and just left — left my cart full in the middle of the aisle and just walked out.”

Algots was not the only one with that experience – a second nursing mom was told the same thing Feb. 26. Now Hawaii Army officials are reviewing installation breastfeeding rules and considering a policy to “maintain good order and discipline on the installation,” with the aim of  “maintaining a reasonable standard that is in keeping with Army values and community expectations,” U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii officials said in a series of statements posted to Facebook.

Garrison commanders have legal leeway to make rules for their installation as they see fit under U.S. Code Title 10 . Both commissary and AAFES officials told us in statements that they personally do not make such policies but simply follow local installation rules.

The Schoffield Barracks commissary enforces the dress code used by the rest of the post, and illustrates it in pictures on a sign as you enter the building. They also have a room set aside for nursing mothers. The dress code does not address public breast feeding or specifically order feeding mothers to use the room.

Algots said she did not use the room because she had her toddler with her. She said her baby, who was born premature and nurses on demand due to weight concerns, will not eat when covered by a blanket.

The incident was first brought to officials’ attention when first a friend and then Algots herself posted about it during a garrison Facebook town hall event Feb. 28. In her post Algots cited a federal law in her defense as well as Hawaii state law, both of which protect mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public and do not require them to use any covers.

However, state law does not apply to military installations. And while federal law does clearly state it applies to any federal property the military installation may be exempt from following it if the garrison commander deems it necessary, several Military.com JAG sources told us. Other JAG sources said, however, that the law would come down on the side of the Algots.

Garrison Commander Col. Daniel Whitney and the Garrison’s senior NCO, Command Sgt. Maj. Philip Brunwald told Algots and her husband in a private meeting between them and several staff and commissary officials that they will be making a new policy to address the issue, Algots said.

“(Col. Whitney) made it very clear that they do not have to follow federal laws. I kind of found it humorous that he had said it 10 times just to make sure I got it in my head that he could make a ruling,” Albers said. “They made it very clear that a policy was going to be put in place, but they didn’t say what they were going to include. It seemed to us that they really want to see how much they could get away with saying (in the policy) — like you have to use a cover or whatever.”

Algots said she posted her complaint on the Facebook page to help educate officials, including the commissary employee who spoke to her, about the rights of breastfeeding mothers — not to raise a ruckus. She said she does not plan to protest whatever ruling the commander makes.

“I wasn’t going to say anything because it was probably just somebody who didnt know the laws. I didnt want to start a campaign. I didn’t want to be that person,” she told us. “I’m not trying to offend anyone. I won’t take this further.”

Still, Algots said the reason officials have given for making a new policy — “questions raised about what is considered exposure and how it is perceived by others,” according to the statement — are misguided.

“What frustrates me is that they’re doing this policy based on the concern  — and the concern was from me. They did not get a concern or complaint from someone else. The concern and the comment was from me about education of employee,” she said. “I think they are writing the policy and they don’t have any reason to do so.”

But garrison officials said the goal of any new policy is education.

“The Garrison Commander met Friday with the two ladies involved in the incident in order to gain a fuller understanding of what actually occurred,” they said in a statement provided to Military.com and SpouseBuzz. “It became clear that the Garrison needs to have a policy concerning publicly nursing mothers.  Our intent is  not to unduly restrict mothers, but to inform our community, which is a function of command required by the Installation Commander’s responsibilities under Title 10 to maintain good order and discipline on the installation. We want our employees and community to understand the right of nursing mothers to do so in public, and for everyone to know our expectations for the manner in which nursing occurs in public.”

They highlighted in their Facebook statements that breastfeeding in a private way is also a priority.

“We support the nursing of children in public with discretion,” their statements said. “Again, our concern is not with allowing a mother the right to breast-feed in public, it is with the questions raised about what is considered exposure and how it is perceived by others.”

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62 Comments on "Army in Hawaii Mulls Breastfeeding Rules"

  1. mongolberry | March 5, 2013 at 7:46 am |

    that’s the army, one step forward, two steps back.

  2. Martin Stewart | March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am |

    Wow, Is this a slow news day…Or What! No doubt this Story will be up for a Pullitzer?

  3. Well yeah….don't be hangin out them feeding bags when we can have two men or woman exchanging kisses in the hallway in the commissary or BX in front of my kids……that's way more natural….Way to go ARMY BRA$$….

  4. sabrinacking | March 5, 2013 at 8:48 am |

    Just this weekend, up here in Siberia, read: Drum…a woman came walking out of the bathroom by the foodcourt at the PX with a baby latched on, probably a 6 monthish old…no covering, no carrier…just her stomach hanging out, the entire side of her breast exposed, shirt pulled way up almost to the side of her face on one side…..no humility whatsoever…just strolled right out into the food court. Like an episode of Discovery Channel. As my husband just said "she was pretty much XXX in the foodcourt".
    Look, I am all for nursing, I nursed both of my own children. But standardized rules about covering in public, or designated nursing areas are for the benefit of everyone….I'd like to see them DoD standardized.

  5. What is wrong with people? Breast feeding is a natural function of a Mother and baby. It is not sexual it is not indecent it is not exposure it is the way babies were meant to be fed. I see absolutely nothing wrong and if this Commander in Hawaii has a problem with it I think it is time he grew up and realized the facts of life and let people live.

  6. Lillie Dearman | March 5, 2013 at 8:59 am |

    Go Army. Keep the commissary a decent place to shop!

  7. Cheryl Papciak-Brooks | March 5, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  8. I agree with Sabrinacking. I have found no problem nursing my son in the designated nursing areas in public or i just bring prepumped bottle with me in case he gets fussy. I myself feel uncomfortable nursing him in the public eye and also feel uncomfortable when i see other women who use no discretion what so ever. A military establishment has different standards than a regular grocery store or public facility and it shouldn’t have been a surprise when this woman was told so.

  9. streetsoldier | March 5, 2013 at 9:16 am |

    Leave MOM alone. She has enough to deal with. Are you jealousy of the baby.

  10. I am a nursing, ACTIVE DUTY member. I don't agree that women should be allowed to just "whip it out" and feed their baby. I cover up because I tend to not want to expose myself to others, whether it be the immature soldier trying to catch a peek, or the child with their mother walking down the aisles. Modesty is never a bad thing. Neither is respect. I respect those that choose to nurse or bottle feed, but quit trying to martyr yourselves by pushing the issue. Use the lactation room provided. Use pre-pumped milk. Use a nersing cover – not a blanket. A nursing cover is light and breatheable and the good ones allow mother and baby to see each other.

  11. A little common decency is in order here. I know that there will be many comments about this comment, but let's face, in our modern society decency has been thrown out the window as most other things. All you breast feeding mothers should at least attempt to use a little common sense and also include decency.

  12. gysgtwarren | March 5, 2013 at 9:42 am |

    I wonder if the employee has ever had a child. Breast feeding is natural, it is not indecent exposurea s the child is latched onto the nipple suckling for all it's worth. They should just fall back on common sense here. Next thing they will make pet owners put up a blind and force their pets to clean themselves in private. Total lunacy here.

  13. I've lived in numerous countries and only here at home have I experienced the taboos we Americans have. Only here are people offended by something that is perfectly natural and not sexual in any way. Only in America do we turn anything and everything into something offensive or sexual. So many hangups and taboos. It's sad. Just plain sad.

  14. Chris–Behave.

  15. This is just another in a long line of foolish behaviors. This is not about breast feeding the baby. This is about 'I can do this because.' Plan your day and feeding times. Not 'Gee I'll go to the commissary and feed the baby at the same time. That will give me time to DO WHAT later. Give it a break. There are times and places. In public isn't one of them.
    I used to drive through a very wealthy town on my way to and from work. The women in the town would not bother to look both ways when crossing the street because they were pushing baby carriages and it was the worlds place to stop so a child didn't get hurt.. As it has been said 'Don't be stupid because you can.'

  16. I think this is ridiculous. If she was wearing an Ergo than there wasn't much to see. Not all babies are on schedules (especially preemies, because I've had 2 preemies). Not all babies take bottles-especially exclusively breastfed ones. I agree with Jenny that there is an enormous hangup with many things in America, and we all just need to grow up and get over it.

  17. What a bunch of morons we have here. Yes, breastfeeding is natural, but so is sex, and we don't do that in public. If federal Law says it OK to expose your breasts because you're feeding a baby, then it should be changed. Urinating is natural, too, but we don't do that in public, either.

  18. Jeddyjumper | March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  19. Regardless of the need or preference of the mother to breastfeed, it is indecent exposure. Anyway you view it, the breast and more specifically, nipple is exposed. Most often it's a personal choice though the people that make the biggest deal about it have a reason outside of personal choice like the situation here. Do you want your children seeing a bunch of breasts at every turn? Individual families make to choice of whether they'd like to breastfeed or not. The United States is made up of various cultures. People should have a choice of whether they're okay being exposed to that.

  20. The reason it passed at the federal level was due to the overwhelming support of the American Pediatric Association. Doctors know how important breast-feeding is, and also how difficult it can be for some mothers/children. My wife and I have an underweight baby because his appetite has not developed with his age. He also won’t take a bottle and covering will occasionally cause him to stop eating. As a father I will tell you I don’t care what the regulation is. We try to go to private or secluded areas, but when my son wants/needs to eat he is going to have the opportunity to eat until he is at a healthy weight. All of those solutions that have been mentioned previously are great for those kids, but they don’t work for mine. Our doctors, my wife, and I all know what works: breast feeding.

  21. Noisycricket67 | March 5, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    But,…. yet if two gay/lesbian soldiers in uniform were holding hands or kissing,,in the commissary they would not say anything! The military is down right a bunch of idiots!!

  22. BobSacamano | March 5, 2013 at 11:19 am |

    This is an issue that I'll never understand! How has someone — the offended — been so influenced that something as natural as breast feeding is somehow construed as sexual/dirty, to be hidden from the eyes?! Who's the person that sees this activity and is instantly offended?! What a colossal waste of time to be running around screaming with arms overhead when an infant is being nourished, that's nuts folks!!!

  23. Conradswims | March 5, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    This is just a joke right. Only a total moron would tell a mother to quit nursing her baby.

  24. Never, I mean never pull this crap with a nursing mother! Like they don’t have enough going on post birth. Now they have to worry about over sensitive A holes turning baby feeding time into “o my gosh I can see…. well nothing really, but my mind is filling in the gaps.” Really? REALLY?

  25. Breastfeeding your baby should be as natural as walking, it's normal. There was a time when breastfeeding a baby in public was not a problem….anywhere. When I was a kid, mothers use to do it in Church, now, it has been "demonized" to the point of tabu, all because some butthole wanted to make an extra buck. I remember when it changed, first they said, breastfeeding your baby was bad for the baby because the mother could pass on her germs(not true). Then they said, formula was better for the baby than the mothers milk(also not true), in fact thats an out right lie and they know it, but they don't want the mothers to know it. This policy is about money, it has nothing to be with indecency, and it sure as heck not XXX, as one poster put it. Covering up while you breastfeed your baby should be allowed, my wife did it when my daughter was a baby, on post. Ft. Hood. She is a grown woman now, and a mother herself, and she breastfeed her daughter as well

  26. More rules are required because common sense is no longer part of our world.

  27. Is there a nursing room in the commissary? Why are people offended by a nursing mother? Yikes, what next!!!

  28. Will everyone stop!! These women just need to cover up a bit and be a bit more courteous to others, I don't want to see someone feeding her kid nor see them change a diaper in public!! What about my rights!! Everyone thinks that they are soooo important but it's the rights of the MAJOIRITY that makes the laws! You can't please everyone but common sense is there. You want to flash your breasts in public then get a dance pole!!

  29. BobSacamano | March 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

    You'd think by the reaction of some readers here, the nursing mothers were naked from the waist-up with a twin attached to each breast, spinning them like tassels in a Burlesque show!!!

    Why not just see the activity and simply carry-on with the chores of the day, go home and relax!!! Shouldn't life be wonderful?…

  30. sabrinacking | March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm |

    Exactly. We live in a society. Not some hidden tribe…a civil society. In order to participate in that society, it is not "obtuse" to ask for some universal conformity. This issue is a no brainer. I never once in breastfeeding two kids had to be next to topless in public, which is what I saw this weekend at the PX and am seeing increasingly more and more on and off post. It has nothing to do with breastfeeding, and everything to do with a mother who has antisocial tendencies. You don't want to belong to the majority society…fine. Go live on a commune somewhere.

  31. Allie Altonji | March 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm |

    Seriously, if anyone has a problem with women not covering with nursing..

    Close your eyes? Turn away? Stop staring like a creep? Just a few options.

    Grow up.

  32. wildflowerramblings | March 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm |

    This is an outrage. While I don't think a mother in uniform should be publicly breastfeeding in a commissary, any civilian mother should be able (even saying "allowed" would be atrocious) to feed her baby as s/he needs. Breastfeeding is so difficult and the fact that she is condemned for giving her baby the best is unbelievable. I hope that she and others fight this ridiculous notion of "new installation rules".

  33. Breastfeedingisnotacrime | March 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  34. Annie Leos | March 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm |

    I am assuming that all the people saying keep the breast feeding at home. Have never ate at at a public restaurant or feed a bottle to a baby in public. Which in my opinion vastly more lazy and obscene method of parenting method then breast feeding.

  35. Some babies will NOT eat covered. Mine screams bloody murder if covered and absolutely refuses bottles. I may try to find a quiet corner to nurse, or face a wall. I always wear undershirts so all that's visible is the part necessary for feeding and the baby usually immediately covers that, but it's not anyone's call how, when, or where I feed my children.

  36. For everybody saying "get a room!", fine: Just apply it to everyone. Your formula fed kid wants a bottle? Nursing room. Your toddler wants those pretzels in your purse you brought for him to snack on? Nursing room. Formula smells gross, and your toddler chews with his mouth open. Why should I have to see that when I'm shopping?
    Got frozens in your cart, spent all morning at the peds clinic trying to get *anyone* to see your sick toddler, and you need to pick your older one up from school? Too bad, so sad. Should have planned your day better I guess.
    (Note for the perpetually clueless, which is quite a few of you based on these comments: This is called "sarcasm")

  37. You folks need to get a grip. This isn't a floor show. Its just feeding the baby. If you can't handle it turn you dainty head. Has been happening for a few years now folks. Not like out in town in the GOGO joint, just Mom and the baby. You don't do it, Bravo for you, zip your lip and move on, nothin to see here. The Policy question for " good order" ? Is anyone expecting this to cause a riot? Not the business of the px employees or the other customers. Mom didn't come down there for your review. And you who have better time budgeting suggestions for her life try just living your own. Some thing are IMPORTANT. This shouldnt be a big deal AT ALL.

  38. I’m appalled at this article and the comments. I hate how they respond in “how it may be perceived”. You can do anything and someone can take it te wrong way, doesn’t mean it should be deemed wrong.

    Breastfeeding is natural and is an act of nourishing a child. PERIOD. If you perceive this in any other way, than you need to be checked!

    Under any circumstance, it should be praised she is nursig in public.
    Why should she cover up? Do you all not know that babies hate being covered up and a baby fussing along with a mother struggling to keep the cover in place actually draws more attention and makes a breastfeeding session that should be 5 mins long turn in to a dreaded wrestling match.
    If a child needs to eat then so be it. She shouldn’t feel compelled to go in to a secreted room and making her shopping trip longer then it has to. Whip it and feed the child and that’s it.

    Breast have another purpose other than sexual pleasure!!

  39. Winky White | March 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

    All of this ruckus in a state where half the population wear little next to nothing on the beaches and while walking downtown. Bathing suits are expected on the beach – breastfeeding is expected with a baby. Perception, people. A wise word to those VERY few mothers who seem to lack common sense, but let's not criminalize all. This needs to be repeated. Thank you, Cheryl Papciak-Brooks
    The Act is pretty clear, the ‘‘Consolidated Appropriations
    Act, 2012’’, H. R. 2055 states:
    SEC. 723. 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.

  40. The problem with the garrison commanders statement is that he is using his personal opinion of what is considered "discrete" and implying that by virtue of nursing a baby, that there is something indiscreet or shameful taking place. That is a problem the US has with nursing moms, and until those who are in the position to effect positive change do so,and support the most natural and beneficial form of feeding a child (on no one else's terms and with no qualifiers or modifications), then that change will never happen.
    If anyone looks at a mother nursing a child and sees something sexual, then that makes them a pedophile and they really need to seek professional help.

  41. What this article leaves out is the ever changing story by this and the other woman. They were asked to use the nursing room or cover and they both refused. At least that was the first story they told on Facebook. A picture of the other woman, which she posted on a FB group, would probably have been too revealing for this forum. She was wearing a tank top and her breast was pulled out over it. The only part of her breast not visible was her nipple because of the baby; everything else exposed. Do women walk around with pasties? Because that is what it equated to.
    In all my years of breastfeeding out in public no one ever approached me to complain. That is because I was discreet. And covering does not mean throwing a comforter over the baby! Something as small as a burping cloth that can cover the top of the breast area would suffice.
    These women were looking for attention, just like this one as she says they are making policy due to her. It is all me me me! They were looking for their 15 seconds of fame. They wanted to make a statement.

  42. If it is not offensive to feed a baby with a bottle in public, or for you or your child to be seen eating in public – and it is not! – then it is not offensive to breastfeed in public. End of story. Quit harassing moms just trying to do the best thing for their babies and get everything else done they need to do too. Feeding a baby is nothing like showing skin to arouse sexual interest, and anyone who perceives it that way is the problem who should be dealt with by any policy changes.

  43. I couldn't find the comment that was sent to my email about someone saying they fed their kids in a bathroom. I feel sorry for any child forced to eat in such a filthy place. If there is a clean, well-maintained nursing room it is advisable to use it, yes. Covering as much of the breast as possible without covering the baby is polite, and wearing an undershirt to avoid showing as much skin as the Jersey shore girls would be nice, but nobody has the right to tell an infant they can't eat when they're hungry and a bathroom is a disgusting place to eat so unless you're willing to eat YOUR meals there don't tell me to take my child in there.

  44. Ladies, you would be well advised to cover up around the perverts in the military. Have you not been following the sexual assult cases and inappropriate actions of high ranking officers in the news lately ? The Army has a lot more than breastfeeding to worry about (suicide, rape).

  45. You know it's really nice to live in Europe where there is no need at all for breastfeeding laws because it is considered NORMAL for a woman to breastfeed and no one here thinks it's gross and disgusting. I'm so proud that the Grafenwoehr Army Garrison Provost Marshall vowed to stand by the federal law protecting women's rights to breastfeed their babies and will enforce it whenever needed. THAT is how rights are protected. I think you've all forgotten what your soldiers are fighting for. Get the heck over it people, use your neck muscles and look away if it bothers you that much! Also, remember to not go to the beach at all because you will see more skin in one day than you'll see in your entire lifetime from a breastfeeding mother. Any of you against the rights of a baby should be ashamed of yourselves.

  46. I guess the question comes down to whether you can just legislate away what you might personally consider to be bad taste. Last I checked, commissaries are pretty much the epicenters of bad taste. Kind of ironic that one of the readers said that commissaries have "different standards" than public grocery stores. Boy, ain't that the truth, but not in the way she meant. A breastfeeding mom pales in comparison to some of the trash you see on a daily basis. My children have seen my breasts plenty of times. What I don't want them seeing is the butt cracks, the hooker clothes on women young and old, the dirty, unkempt commissary patrons, the couples tonguing each other in the aisles, etc. But that's life; I just hustle them through as fast as possible and tell them, if they ask, "We don't behave that way." The store employee who said that military bases "don't have to follow federal rules" is a gem, too. Of COURSE we follow federal rules; how does he think he got, and keeps, his job? How about true leadership rather than slapping down another cover-your-@** rule: How about, if it bothers you, offering (nicely) to the mom in question to watch her toddler, and her cart, for awhile so she can take care of business (wherever and however she needs to do that). And if she's comfortable juggling all that on her own, then so be it, finish your own shopping and be on your way. She might be embarrassed by an offer of help because she's trying to be invisible and get her business done, but she might be grateful for someone to actually give a crap and lend a hand. I personally wouldn't want to juggle a toddler and nurse a preemie and get the grocery shopping done all at the same time, but you do what you have to. I seriously doubt she's doing it because it's such a fun time and frees her up for "leisure" time. Full disclosure here: active-duty naval officer, mom of 3, and breastfeeding (privately).

  47. Russell1969 | March 6, 2013 at 10:15 am |

    I thought we were past this kind of crap, there is nothing wrong wit breast feeding a child, I have never seen a woman out in public breast feeding that just flopped a breast out for everyone to see. It's the most natural thing in the world. I wonder how many that complain were breast fed by their Moms?

  48. I'm a woman, frankly the lack of discretion by some of these women is DISGUSTING. I've seen just what this woman did and I wanted to say something to the lady….I'm looking at food, I do not want to see your boobs hanging out with a kid latched onto them while your other one is running around willy nilly. I'm willing to bet If I walked into the commissary topless, I'd get kicked out, and probably arrested why didn't this woman use a pump and bring a bottle if her kid needs to eat all the time.

  49. I don't think just because you have milk coming out of your breast gives you the right to walk around with it out for the world to see. I am a woman; I don't want to see another woman's breast. Sorry!

  50. I can't believe all the whining, just let standards go, your beliefs out weigh mine, glad to give you the freedom to infringe on others, thats why I serve. Thanks Jerk Liberals!!!!

  51. I find nursing in an Ergo style carrier to be more discrete than a nursing cover. At least it doesn't scream, "look at me nurse my baby everyone!" I'm pretty sure the mom wanted to keep just as covered as she could, but also needed to take care of her baby as soon as she could. I've been there… a hungry, crying baby in the commissary is no fun.

  52. Fred the dog | March 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  53. As a current military wife and a mother who breast fed 2 babies for combined almost 4yrs, I see can see the controversy here. I have fed both my babies in all sorts of places, cars, restaurants, ladies sitting rooms, airports & airplanes and even pubic swimming pools both in the US and Germany. I sometimes covered with a light blanket sometimes not. If done right nobody even notices whats going on unless the are directly in front of you looking right down your cleavage. Now for being in the commissary I would feel awkward there are so many single boys/men around, but if she was using a baby sling/wrap nobody should have even noticed, and I saw no mention of her whippin her boob out or her being very discreet. There are allot of very strict rules for being on base, what you can do and not do for enlisted and spouses alike, breast feeding should be allowed anywhere and people should be respectful and not stare mothers should be respectful and not whip it out but should show as little as possible with the need to cover unless she so desires. Americans are prudes. We have been socialized to see breasts as just sexual toys instead of the nutrition source for babies that they are.

  54. Breast feeding a baby is never indecent exposure. We scream because a mother is feeding her baby, yet we are all okay with movie posters with women being exposed just as much as a breast feeding mother. If you think it is so great- you go eat your meals in rooms that are designated for eating (no snacking on the go) and you wear a cover over your head while eating! This is absurd. It isn;t about the right of the mom or the rights of those around her. it is about the babies right to eat when hungry and to eat the way they were made to eat- via breast. I openly nurse in public, with no cover, and can assure you that nothing indecent is showing. I would dare some of the idiots commenting on this post to say something to me about nursing without a cover. Bottle feeding is not 'normal' or the way babies were intended to be fed. You guys are the biggest bunch of idiots ever. Before you expect someone else to do what you are suggesting, you try it for a bit. Go ahead, eat your meals in a bathroom or small cramped nursing room. Don't eat if it isn't the 'appointed time' or don't you dare snack on the go. Plan your day to such a level that you never have to leave home and eat OR be sure to bring a blanket to put over your head so no one else should be objeted to your eating. A woman breastfeeding in public offends you? Your stupidity offends me.

  55. OMG really — is this such an issue? Breasts, whether on a male or female are not considered sexual organs and thus do NOT need to be covered! A man can walk down the street with his shirt off and believe it or not, so can a woman! If you are at the beach, the girls can take their tops off without infringing on any laws. There are certain places where "policies" are in effect and you may have to abide by them, but let's get this straight folks — breasts have a purpose and it is not solely for guys pleasure. They provide nourishment to their offspring and if the 'men' in charge would man-up, they would be able to realize there is nothing wrong, dirty, secretive or sexual about breat-feeding a child. Yes, I know, there are women out there who have no modesty for this privilege and just flop it out there as well as boys who can't help but ogle, but they are the minority and should not be the ones dictating policy.

  56. I am a women, I wish women would have more privacy. I hate looking at a women breast feeding her baby. They are showing to much anatomy.

    Thanks,

    B.Btt

  57. What is this, Breast feeding unbecoming to a mother? Drill instructors, get out your 341s. But seriously, as long as the mother is discrete, there should be no problem. Mothers know how to be discrete. I've sat next to breast feeding mothers and had no idea that had a kid latched on. Its called rule of common sense. Before all this "lets be sensitive to others" attitude, there never was a problem. All this political correctness crapola has made panzies of us all. Now, we are attacking mothers. I bet those Base Commander's Mothers would have a lot to say to them on this issue and it wouldn't be in agreement with these stupid policies. Again, common sense is the key to life. Use it, live it. Enough said. Got milk?

  58. It is sad that people have such a problem with something so natural. A basic instinct. It's sad that people have such a problem with nudity. Grow up. Move out of the colonial period. I remember my first time in Europe. I was shocked to see to big breast covering a huge window on a pharmacy store. It did not bother me, but I did not expect to see that. I started thinking about how cool these people where, but it made me think about my own perceptions. I felt really stupid and immature. I have since learned that it is just a human body, and everyone has one. No need to make a big deal about seeing some breast.

  59. I am the mother of Tamara and what I want every one to know is that Tamara is 6ft 1inc tall I am 5ft 9inc and I had to stand on my toes to even see what my grandson was doing, so all you complainers need to grow up! or clean out your dirty minds. I seen young girls on the base when visiting showing off more than I wanted to see, my grandmother always said people that live in glass houses don't throw stones. look at your own life before you talk shit about my daughter.

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