A new law in metro Atlanta will limit breastfeeding in public.
On Monday night, Forest Park, Georgia passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity. Previously, the city only had a public indecency ordinance that covered adult entertainment businesses.
According to the law, no woman can breastfeed anyone older than 2 years old in public. 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.
Those of us who choose to breastfeed our children past the age of two years now have to run the risk of being arrested and treated like some kind of pervert. This new law actually goes against the Georgia State law protecting Mothers’ right to breastfeed anywhere she and her child are allowed to be. That means if you are sitting in the park, at a café, in church, the library, ANYWHERE! You are allowed to breastfeed your child.
On Monday, May 23rd a large group of us Moms will peacefully go and sit on the steps of Forest Park’s City Hall and feed our babies the way that nature intended. It’s amazing that in the Bible belt, what God created to multi-task for our husbands (boyfriends, partners, what-have-you) and our babies has been turned into something dirty. We have been lumped together with adult entertainment.
If you feel the need to voice your opinion to the city manager, here is his contact information is:
Office of the City Manager
745 Forest Parkway
Forest Park, Ga. 30297
John Parker, City Manager
Email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing my sweet Billy Goat on Halloween (15 months old). We're still going strong at 21 months.