Home Health Parents News Now Breastfeeding at Mormon Meetings: Debate Growing Breastfeeding at Mormon Meetings: Debate Growing By Holly Lebowitz Rossi March 03, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_127717733 30198 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 By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Breastfeeding at Mormon Meetings: Debate Growing Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.