Woman behind military breast-feeding photo fired from job

Published June 14, 2012

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The Washington state woman who orchestrated controversial photos of military moms breast-feeding their kids in uniform was fired from her civilian job as an X-ray technician and the women in the picture have been reprimanded, she said.

Crystal Scott, the spokeswoman for the Spokane-area Mom2Mom group, said her employer blamed media coverage of the controversy when she asked why she was fired. The photo was designed to pressure the military into being more accommodating to nursing moms.

"It’s sad because the media has portrayed Mom2Mom in such a positive light," Scott told Right This Minute. "I was doing something for the good of people. I feel like our organization is making positive changes for women all over the world. To be punished for something that was good was unfortunate."

According to reports, the military moms in the photographs have been reprimanded by the military for violating a rule stating that military uniforms cannot be used to promote a product or cause.

The photos were meant to be released for National Breast-feeding Awareness Week, in August, but on its Facebook page, Mom2Mom said they were not meant to be exploitive.

"The military photographs were NEVER meant to exploit, promote or to use the military uniform to help our group."

Scott has served in the military and now lives on the Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane with her husband, who is on active duty. She is the spokesperson for Mom2Mom, a support group for breast-feeding on the military base. 

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