Staff Sgt. Terran Echegoyen-McCabe left, and Tech. Sgt. Christina Luna breastfeed their babies while wearing their uniforms during a photo session for the Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group. (Brynja Sigurdardottir Photography)
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The woman who organized a photo shoot at a Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. park, for breastfeeding awareness month was fired from her job at a private company June 1 after images of nursing airmen went viral, her attorney said in an email.
Crystal Scott, program director for Fairchild-based breastfeeding support group Mom2Mom, planned to feature the photos in posters at the base and in nearby Spokane in August. Most of the images featured women in civilian clothes nursing their children.
Two of the images showed a pair of Air National Guardsman breastfeeding their children in unbuttoned airman battlefield uniforms. One of the women had her T-shirt pushed up over her bare chest while nursing twins.
Scott, who worked as an X-ray technician, was fired after the photos "caused national controversy and backlash," her Seattle-based attorney, Patricia Buchanan wrote. Buchanan declined to name Scott's ex-employer, but said it is "in no way connected with the military."
No formal discipline was taken against the two airmen featured in the pictures, Capt. Keith Kosik, a spokesman for the Washington National Guard, said in an email.