City Bans Breast-Feeding Children Older Than 2 in Public

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Councilors passed a law May 16 in an Atlanta suburb against public nudity, which includes breast-feeding anyone older than 2. Credit: Getty Images

Remember the song "A Town Without Pity"?

City council members in Forest Park, Ga., want theirs to be a town without ... well, let's just say it rhymes with "pity." Wouldn't want to offend anyone's delicate sensibilities. Neither would the councilors. So, that means no more breast-feeding in public.

Councilors passed a law May 16 in the Atlanta suburb against public nudity, which includes breast-feeding anyone older than 2.

City Manager John Parker tells the ABC affiliate in Atlanta this nips a potential wave of public nudity in the bud.

"It sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city," Parker tells the TV station.

Not if Regina M. Benjamin, the U.S. surgeon general, has anything to say about it. She supports this idea of women breast-feeding their children. Just four months ago, she released "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breast-Feeding."

"Many barriers exist for mothers who want to breast-feed," Benjamin said in her announcement in January. "They shouldn't have to go it alone. Whether you're a clinician, a family member, a friend or an employer, you can play an important part in helping mothers who want to breast-feed."

A federal law allows women to breast-feed in federal buildings or federal property.

Why, it's enough to make Southerner swoon.

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