Photo of Army wife breastfeeding at wedding goes viral
Nursing a child may be a natural act but in the United States, doing so in public can spark serious controversy. "I had heard before that it's frowned upon in America, and [women] get treated mean or maybe thrown out of restaurants, but I often thought it was made up," said Naomi Covert to ABC News.
Covert was surprised when an Instagram photo of herself feeding her son at a wedding went viral and re-ignited the controversial topic. She is German and the wedding took place in Germany, where breastfeeding in public is not an issue. "It's literally like you're eating a snack right now or you're drinking your coffee," Covert said. "My grandma breastfed. My mom breastfed. I have five siblings and she breastfed all of us... they're my role models."
Covert, whose American husband is currently deployed with the U. S. Army, admits that she was a little hurt by the rude comments on the photo, but firmly states, "I'm not doing anything wrong."
In the United States, nursing in public is still a controversial issue, despite the fact that 49 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia all have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.