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Breastfeeding at Mormon Meetings: Debate Growing

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Mothers who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, are among the most likely groups of American moms to breastfeed, but a debate is growing over the extent to which moms need to “cover up” while feeding their babies.  Peggy Fletcher Stack reports for the Salt Lake Tribune:

Indeed, Utah, with its predominant Mormon faith, has one of the highest percentages of breast-feeding moms in the nation, according to a 2012 report card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 86 percent of children are breast-fed at some point, with 64.4 percent still nursing at 6 months, compared with 47.2 percent nationwide.

In recent years, however, some Mormon moms in and out of the Beehive State have faced criticism, gossip and even reprimands from church leaders for “not completely covering up.”

As a new mother in Provo about three years ago, Heather Moore-Farley got a call from her Relief Society president, asking her to use a blanket or go to the mothers’ lounge in the women’s bathroom to breast-feed to protect others’ sensitivities. Then her bishop suggested Moore-Farley and her husband pray about it. They did and got the same answer: She was doing nothing wrong.

Sometime later, another ward member confronted the couple as they were walking home from church and accused her of “contributing to the pornography problem” and “not keeping [her] covenants.”

Moore-Farley felt hurt and angry, but it didn’t change her mind about breast-feeding. She began to collect stories like hers from other Mormon moms. The couple eventually moved to the Bay Area and had no more trouble nursing subsequent children at church.

Verbal attacks on lactating mothers from many backgrounds, though, have continued — even as proponents have grown more vocal and better organized in defense of their rights.

Image: Breastfeeding mom, via Shutterstock

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NASCAR Driver Sparks Breastfeeding Controversy with Tweets

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Kasey Kahne, a NASCAR driver with a large fan base, sparked a firestorm of debate across social media sites after he posted remarks suggesting that it’s immodest for women to breastfeed in public.

As The Huffington Post reports, the controversy started Tuesday when Kahne posted on Twitter, “Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!”  He then posted that he had lost his appetite because of the sight.

Fans immediately responded, posting 400 comments and over 1,000 “likes” on Kahne’s Facebook page, which is linked to his Twitter feed. Responses ranged from messages of support from others who are offended by public breastfeeding, and outrage from mothers who defend their right to feed their babies wherever they chose.

By Wednesday evening, Kahne had published an apology, writing on Facebook, “My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion. I respect the mother’s right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases.”

Public breastfeeding has been in the news recently, with a Michigan mother being asked to leave a courtroom when the judge deemed her feeding “inappropriate,” and a nationwide “nurse-in” after a Texas woman was asked to move to a fitting room at Target, rather than feed her baby in the store.

Image: Kasey Kahne, via Doug James /

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