• Wed, May 4 2011

Facebook Deletes Photos Of Breastfeeding Women

There’s been a lot of talk lately about breastfeeding and it has nothing to do with the ongoing milk vs. formula debate. These days, it’s about whether breasts are offensive to look at — at least within the context of nursing. According to some of the powers-that-be at Facebook, nipples are a no-no. The social media giant has been randomly deleting breastfeeding photos, claiming that exposed nipples are considered a violation and can be removed.

Not surprisingly, there’s an official petition to the policy (on Facebook, of course). Called “Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” the group — which boasts a whopping 258,000-plus members — allows people to convey their outrage and acts as a kind of support group to nursing moms everywhere.

“Facebook just recently deleted one of my breastfeeding pictures citing it as pornographic!” reads a recent post by group member Jenna Miller, whose next post features said photo. “Don’t try to figure out Facebook’s capricious immaturity,” reads one of many supportive comments (lots of them written by men).

Clearly, Facebook execs will be steering clear of Sara McConnell. The Ottawa-based photographer offers breastfeeding portraits intended to document this fleeting moment in time. (Didn’t you know? Baby bumps are so yesterday.)

While I never  would have posed for a breastfeeding  shoot in all of my bloated, pancake-sized nipples, post-birth glory, I’m all for moms who are into it (so long as they don’t forward me their pics in a mass email). What I do find ridiculous, though, is Facebook’s policy of removing photos of this very natural act.

Grow up, FB. Have you never seen a woman’s boobs before?

(Photo: BananaStock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Bottle-feeder

    The idea of breastfeeding as porn is ridiculous – but sharing photos of your baby on the boob with facebook friends is even more obnoxious than calling breastmilk “liquid gold” — both seem like a slap in the face to moms who are not able to breastfeed.

  • Mrs.E

    I am a breastfeeding mother and I think you should be proud of it. BUT, I don’t want to see your boobs on FB, baby attached or not. Child birth is also a natural act but the PLEASE don’t post those on FB either. People should not have to see these photos popping up in their newsfeed with no warning. Keep these photos in a home album to share with people who really want to see them.

  • Elizabeth

    @ Bottle-feeder: So then should we not post a picture of our healthy child on facebook either because it would be a slap in the face to parents who were born with unhealthy children? Or post pics of our weight loss progress because it would be a slap in the face of the obese? Or not post pics of us on vacation on the beach because it would be a slap in the face of those who can’t afford a vacation?

    At what point do we get to stop dancing around the overly-sensitive, easily offended people in this world?

    If I am joyful about something in MY life… that’s all it is – joy in my life. It’s not intended to be a slap in the face because you aren’t finding joy in the same way in your life.

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