delighted.mama, that'a an articulate explanation of why jury duty is important, and yes, I absolutely agree with you that each person who is called makes some form of sacrifice in order to serve. And I believe that these sacrifices are critical to the health of our nation -- you laid that out well.
IMHO, the point of this discussion, however, is that breastfeeding stay-at-home moms are in a unique situation; one that SHOULD be considered sacred by our culture/government. BF'd babies and toddlers who are at home with their mamas all day (and always have been) cannot "just" be farmed out to a babysitter or alternate caregiver without trauma. There is a significant body of research showing that sudden (and/or extended) separations from primary caregivers can cause great harm for young children (e.g. attachment disorders), and while I doubt that any of this research looked specifically at jury duty (which is "only" 8-5 daily), I can personally extrapolate and attest that MY child would be severely affected if I suddenly had to leave him with someone else for more than one day. (one day would be hard, but dh could probably fill in)
Children who are already in some form of day care or some other care situation have alternate caregivers, so they presumably would be less affected by having their moms/dads gone for a few extra hours/day/weeks. And let's face it, MOST children are in some form of care outside their own home, so the predicament faced by SAHMs is somewhat of a foreign concept to our judges, clerks, attorneys, peers, etc.
I know our courts DO make exceptions for people. So why is it SUCH a stretch to convince our legal system that breastfeeding SAHMs are NEEDED -- more than they are needed in a courtroom, at least for the near future. (and forget the AP persepctive -- the fact that we simply don't LEAVE our children during their formative years -- that would just be totally beyond the comprehension of anyone in this system!) Why don't ALL states see this as an important and legitimate exception, with the understanding that SAHMs can make up their duty when their children are older?
Really, tell me if is there is a situation that is more important than the mental and physical health of a young child. (delighted.mama, this is mostly rhetorial -- I'm not trying to put you on the spot -- you just got me thinking!)