Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Breastfeeding Law in Forest Park...

states no public breastfeeding if the childs over the age of 2. And compares breastfeeding to adult entertainment, nudity, and indecency. Click Here to read the article

I was appalled when I first heard it. Is there not more important issues to deal with in the city? Lets look at the crime rate in Forest Park- Whoa! Crime Rate is higher than the GA. average. Seems they have alot of burglaries, thefts,and robberies. And yet they are worried about "nudity" (nursing moms).


I would think they should focus on peoples safety and not at what age moms should stop breastfeeding in public. Whats next you can only breastfeed in public between the hours of 12-4?  Not to mention age discrimination. Its ok at 23 mos, but not at 25 mos.


I wonder what brought this on. Just when you think things are moving forward with breastfeeding they really aren't. It worries me, what will it be like when my little girl becomes a mommy. Will she be looked down on for doing whats best for baby? Will my boys be as supportive as their Dad? 
Educate your children about it, like you do everything else. 


Even if your children are grown and you no longer BF. Support Breastfeeding in public everywhere! Even if you chose not to BF, your child or children may choose too especially if they have moms support. :)


About Extended Breastfeeding which I assume is after a year.


Lets see what The AAP says:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child... Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother... 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 American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that breastfeeding continue throughout the first year of life and that "As recommended by the WHO, breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is not the cultural norm in the United States and requires ongoing support and encouragement. It has been estimated that a natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years. Family physicians should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits to the child of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection, better social adjustment, and having a sustainable food source in times of emergency. The longer women breastfeed, the greater the decrease in their risk of breast cancer." They also note that "If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned."

The World Health Organization emphasizes the importance of nursing up to two years of age or beyond

(Thank you http://www.kellymom.com/)

~Breastfeeding is what mammals are meant to do.  We human mammals shouldn’t have to defend or justify this instinctive, and biologically normal act.~

What can you do?

Send an email to each and every one of these people

jparker@forestparkga.org
aredding@forestparkga.org
 jyoung@forestparkga.org
 ward2forwilliams@att.net
 maudiemccord@bellsouth.net
fpkcitycouncilward5@yahoo.com

http://forestparkga.org/mayor-city-council.aspx

Or give them a call (404) 366-1555
Sign this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-breastfeeding-restrictions-in-forestpark-ga/

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3 comments:

  1. First off HIGH FIVE for breastfeeding your children! LOVE that! Second.... HIGH TEN for standing up for us breastfeeding mummies. Oh heck and just go for it... HIGH 20 for having a breastfeeding supporting husband! I also have been blogging about this crazy place called Forest Park, GA.... and found you through your husbands blog. I am now a follower! Rock them on Monday!
    Jacky
    Mummies Nummies

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  2. Howdy - first time here (found you via the Twitter). :)

    This infuriates me. since when is feeding your child "indecent" or "nudity?" UNBELIEVABLE>

    California sucks for a lot of reasons (um, taxes anyone?), but at least they're liberal as hell when it comes to that sort of thing.

    Much respect to you for fighting that crap. I breastfed my two older kids past 2 years old and I plan on breastfeeding my 10-month old until she weans herself.

    personally, I breastfed until I was FOUR! :) so much respect for my mom, who made that happen in the 70s, when it was all about formula.

    Great blog. new follower. Cheers.

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  3. I was a lactating machine for awhile there. I'd hate for someone to tell me if wasn't decent or normal. I'll happily send some emails. The feeding of your child shouldn't be legislated.(Unless of course, they're not getting fed. lol)

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