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This city in the Atlanta area apparently just passed a ban on breastfeeding children older than 2.

 

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City manager John Parker called the law a proactive step.

“It sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city," Parker said.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/27920007/detail.html

 

God, just when it feels like we're making progress...


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I don't know about you guys, but I always strip down nude when I nurse my child in public!!!

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I fail to see how breastfeeding, no matter the age of  the child = nudity. Next, they'll try to tell mothers of children under two that they can't NIP. Ridiculous.


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WHAT! How does the age of the child have anything to do with whether or not BFing is considered nudity?  Really, if mom is showing skin, she's showing whether the kid is 3 months or 3 years!

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i've seen women showing more skin walking around in Atlanta than any Bf'ing mom ever exposed!

 

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Um, what?  Georgia state law says a woman can breastfeed anywhere she's legally allowed, there's no age restriction.  Pretty sure cities can't pass laws or ordinances that are in direct violation of state law.


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Edited because its on Fbook. There really should be a special bolding or color that tips us off.
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Um, what?  Georgia state law says a woman can breastfeed anywhere she's legally allowed, there's no age restriction.  Pretty sure cities can't pass laws or ordinances that are in direct violation of state law.



 

This is true. I may make a call to the Georgia AG.


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Here's the contact info. I'm emailing him now.







Office of the City Manager
745 Forest Parkway
Forest Park, Ga. 30297
Phone: 404-366-4720
Fax: 404-608-2343

John Parker, City Manager
Email address - jparker@forestparkga.org
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I guess Georgia is on my list of states to avoid now. Tennessee was on there before (which is sad as my sister moved there) due to their no NIP laws after 1 year but they recently changed that. I mean really America, get over it!

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How do they propose to enforce this? Do mothers have to carry their babies' birth certificates around with them? This is just the stupidest thing ever.
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I'm not good at writing letters, but I would be happy to send one if given a template.  Although I do not live in GA. 


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I left a message with the Attorney General's office, and I also called the news station that originally reported the story and told them about the contradiction with state law. They sounded like they might be interested in doing a follow-up. I'm going to shoot a quick email to the city manager as well.

I don't have a ton of time to deal with this, but if anyone knows anyone who deals with breastfeeding issues in Georgia, you might pass it on to them for followup. 

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I left a message with the Attorney General's office, and I also called the news station that originally reported the story and told them about the contradiction with state law. They sounded like they might be interested in doing a follow-up. I'm going to shoot a quick email to the city manager as well.

I don't have a ton of time to deal with this, but if anyone knows anyone who deals with breastfeeding issues in Georgia, you might pass it on to them for followup. 


You're awesome! I thought about emailing, but wondered what good it would do since I'm not from Georgia.

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I don't get it... does "proactive" mean there are no nursing toddlers at present, but just in case there are some in the future, and just in case there are complaints?  Maybe they should criminalize nursing extraterrestrials as well.  Just in case.

 

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Here's what I sent:

 

Mr. Parker,
I just noticed a news report stating that the city of Forest Park recently passed an ordinance that prohibits a mother from breastfeeding a child older than two years old in public. However, Georgia state law protects the right of the mother to nurse her baby, regardless of the age of the child. As you of course know, that state law would trump the municipal ordinance. I'd like to request that you check with the Attorney General's Office to make sure that your ordinance is not in conflict with state law. I'm attaching the text of the state law for your convenience.
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Georgia Code - Health - Title 31, Section 31-1-9

The breast-feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.


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I found the North Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and sent them a heads up!

http://nwgabfcoalition.com/
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Ha, thanks! I was just about to do that. I literally had their web page up.

Okay, now I actually have to get back to my real work. I'll let you know if I hear from anyone.


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Thanks for spreading the word about this.  I also sent an email to the city reminding them of the GA state law that protects breastfeeding mothers.  Hopefully if enough people respond, they will revoke this ridiculous law!


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y'all are some awesome mamas! I'm trying (between juggling the needs of my littles) to either find a nurse-in or organize one. you're way ahead of me and you don't even live here! love.gif


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This guy managed to get the city manager on the phone: http://www.thisdaddysblog.com/2011/05/new-law-says-breastfeeding-in-public-is.html

Here's what he had to say:

"John Parkers words to me this morning were "We don't want children that can walk around to be breastfeeding in public."


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I don't live in Georgia but I'm going to send a few emails from here. Thanks for passing this along - altho it's GA it sets a precedent that would suck if passed to other cities and states.


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If any of you mamas are in the Atlanta area and want to participate in a nurse-in, they're planning one over on the Kelly Mom FB page. Based on that blog entry, it's actually worse than I thought it was. They literally do want to criminalize nursing a toddler.


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This guy managed to get the city manager on the phone: http://www.thisdaddysblog.com/2011/05/new-law-says-breastfeeding-in-public-is.html

Here's what he had to say:

"John Parkers words to me this morning were "We don't want children that can walk around to be breastfeeding in public."



Well, gee that's interesting, and by interesting I mean completely un-freaking-believeable. I was "walking around" well before age 2, in fact I was nine months old. My nephew was walking at around 7-8 months old. This guy obviously has some unresolved issues, and I hope the state steps in and prevents him from inflicting them on innocent babies and mommas.

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Wow. Do Georgia babies not walk until the day they turn two? This is so bizarre and scary.
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What I don't get is WHY this would even be on anyone's radar to begin with? I mean, does this place in Georgia have thousands of breastfeeding toddlers taking over the parks and streets being breastfed all day long while mom strips to feed them?

Seriously, there are so few children breastfeeding over the age of 2, especially in the U.S. that I don't understand why there was a need to come up with this law. Obviously this is a personal agenda from one individual who was probably out at a restaurant or in a park and ONCE saw a toddler breastfeeding and thought to himself, "wow, that's disgusting! That should be illegal! How excellent for me that I am in a position to make it so!"
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