Facebook 'Nurse In'

Erin - posted on 11/12/2010 ( 236 moms have responded )

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So FB has gone batshit crazy with deleting breastfeeding photos. Last month a prominent birth, breastfeeding and genital integrity activist (Emma Kwasnica) had her page deleted for a tandem BFing photo. This week, it was Guggie Daly's turn (she was a member on COMs in the early days). She had two BFing photos deleted, and then her account was disabled without warning.



A group of like-minded mothers are holding a Facebook 'Nurse In' on Monday November 15 in response to this latest Fb power trip.



http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=15...



Countless emails have been sent, but FB continue to lump BFing in with it's nudity clause. People threaten to abandon FB, but there is no other social media site for them to go to, and FB are well aware of this.



So what do you think? Will you change your profile picture to a BFing photo or logo to support mothers and babies, and stand up to the misogynistic FB??

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Yeah, I'll support you guys on Monday -- I just don't know that it'll make a difference. I think it's great to bring more light to the issue.

Katherine - posted on 11/13/2010

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Yeah, I'm with Sharon....I have no BF pics. But if I did I definitely would post.

Dana - posted on 11/13/2010

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I find myself agreeing with Mary. I'll post a logo (I don't have a photo of me breastfeeding) because I support breastfeeding BUT, I do think people tend to take it too far.

Kate CP - posted on 11/13/2010

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I've seen some really beautiful nursing pics...and some really creepy ones. There are some where I'm just like "Jesus, lady...put the sand bags away."

Stifler's - posted on 11/13/2010

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I have a breastfeeding pic and it hasn't been removed. It's been there since Logan was born. I've seen some pretty out there pics of people who've just given birth with their tits hanging out and all this.

Charlie - posted on 11/13/2010

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Well i disagree because i thik it perpetuates the idea that breasts ARE sexual and should be lumped into that catogory , it is the message it sends everytime someone goes "oh gross breastfeeding lets report it " it says that people should have a problem with it that it can and will be deleted because its offensive .

Charlene - posted on 11/13/2010

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I agree with Mary as well.. it's hypocritical and sad that they allow pictures with more cleavage than a nursing mother would show but remove the nursing pictures, but it's their decision.

I even have a couple of myself tagged (from my bar days lmao) where I have major cleavage, way more than in Erin's picture, but I have had no problems with it ever. :S I mean.. there is A LOT of cleavage....

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No it's not disgusting at all, it's beautiful.



But considering who got booted I'm inclined to think photo's got flagged by mother's who were pissed off at being chastised by sanctomommy superior!

Krista - posted on 11/13/2010

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I shall have to take a picture of me nursing...........and back up all my shit. Maybe I'll just move all my pictures to my husband's account so that I can easilly get them back if I get deleted. Breastfeeding is not disgusting. It's the act of nourishing life with one's body. How can making a life thrive be disgusting!?

April - posted on 11/13/2010

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i will consider it, but i probably won't do it. i do look naked in most of my nursing pictures and that's why i don't have them up for the world to see. I have one picture that i absolutely love that looks like artwork. if i put it up, that will be the one. on the other hand, it is such a beautiful, personal picture that I am not sure I want to share with EVERYONE

Isobel - posted on 11/13/2010

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what Mary said :)

whew...I haven't said that in a while ;)

they own it, they get to decide what to take down.

and yeah Sharon...I won't be breastfeeding mine in solidarity either ;P

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Jennifer: I totally agree that what other women do is their choice and tbh I don't really care. I don't go looking for pictures of breastfeeding mothers and don't understand why people who don't like it would.

Mary - posted on 11/13/2010

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I'm definitely a BF'ing advocate; I breastfed my daughter for 13 months. However, I'm not really able to get all up arms with FB over deleting BF pics. Bottom line is that FB is not a democracy that owes us all fair and equal treatment. It is a FREE social networking site which allows each of us to partake at it's discretion. Membership is not vital to either your personal nor professional existence.

I agree that lumping Bf'ing pics into the nudity clause is simply ludicrous, but I also think they have a right to make whatever ridiculous decisions they like. They have made their stance on this fairly clear, so when people continue to poke the hornet's nest by posting these pics, it should come as no surprise when they get deleted.

I guess I just can't get too fired up about it because I don't see it as in any way inhibiting a woman's natural right to feed her child without restriction. All it does is restrict your ability to post visual proof of how you do it. I also think that they are not targeting individuals who may put up the occasional sweet modest photo of a nursing child within an album posted for only their "friends"; many of my friends have such pictures within their FB albums, and none have been deleted or censored in any fashion. It seems it is only those who insist upon publicly taunting them who get deleted. Again, since this is a free site where membership is voluntary, and their position on this has been made, FB is well within it's rights.

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2010

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In between telling me that I was a bad mother for letting my kids whinge a bit before they fell asleep and implying that I got angry with them for not going straight to sleep........yes, she did!

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Did she tell you that you were lazy, uneducated and poisoning your babies with formula too, Sarah?

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It's so hard to support a cause that I want to support when I really didn't like the attitude of one of those who got booted...

Erin - posted on 11/13/2010

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Becky, I also have no idea why a boob with milk is so horrendous. It's pathetic.



And I have my BFing profile pic up now. Facebook can suck it!!

Charlie - posted on 11/12/2010

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Sorry Emma but im on several parenting pages and breastfeeding pages and ive never seen a photo where both breasts are out at the very most the top of the breast is showing , far less than a low cut top .



This is idiotic , i call BULLSHIT Facebook don't seem to have an issue with half naked women in swimsuits or just their bikini bottoms or the guys who post their hard ons even though its reported .

There is a group called sucking penises for fucks sake .

Becky - posted on 11/12/2010

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Most breastfeeding photos don't show any more boob than a photo of a woman in a low cut top. And I highly doubt any photos of women (or teenage girls, if you're so concerned about pedophiles) in low cut tops are being removed. I have seen some that show a lot of boob, but, oh well, so what? It's boob. We all have them! For the life of me, I cannot understand why women get upset over seeing another woman's breast! Do we think it's going to turn us into lesbians or something? It's ridiculous, really.
Anyways, as for the OP, I would certainly change my profile pic to a breastfeeding logo. I won't post a bfing pic though, because my husband would be bothered by that. Plus, I don't actually have any of me bfing my youngest.

Kate CP - posted on 11/12/2010

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Facebook doesn't remove photos for our safety. They do it because enough uptight prudes complain about seeing a titty on the computer and the IT department gets tired of it and just deletes the damn thing.

Stifler's - posted on 11/12/2010

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I have seen breastfeeding photos and I don't think it's the breastfeeding people are concerned about. It's the entire other breast being out on show or them completely naked giving birth pictures that I think why the fuck would you post this on facebook to. It's your choice but seriously.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2010

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jennifer, thats fine that you wouldn't feel comfortable posting a picture of you nursing your son. that is totally your decision to protect what you feel to be a private time. but not everyone is feels the same, and if i'm comfortable posting a picture of me nursing my son, i should be able to (this is hypothetical, my son never took the boob and i exclusively pump for him). if i don't want he whole world to see it, thats what the "friends only" option if for.

Amie - posted on 11/12/2010

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They do not do these things for safety.



They do these things because people report them (the "offenders"), on a daily basis.



These are not women by the way side, these are mothers in the public eye, so to speak. If it was just jane down the road with only a few friends who had a closed, or even relatively closed, profile. Never happen.



These women FB uses to try to make an example of because there are so many on the opposite end who go around and flag their pages and accounts.



FB needs to take a stand and say "BFing is OK" just like many countries have already done by passing laws that state it is OK to BF in PUBLIC.



Ugh.

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I agree with Chrystal that whilst most normal people don't view breastfeeding in a sexual way, websites like facebook have to moderate content because it could get into the wrong hands. Personally I never had the urge to get a photo of my son breastfeeding, although my milk didn't come in so we only managed 6 days but to me it was a private thing, and I wouldn't post a picture of it online anywhere. I genuinely think they do these things for safety.

Erin - posted on 11/12/2010

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Chrystal, how is BFing in any way linked to pedophiles? They like pre-pubescent children, not lactating mothers :-/

And since when is FB out for the greater good? Have you SEEN some of the groups and pages that they allow to continue?

* I know someone with really super big ultra mega gigantic humongous BOOBS
* I know a girl with MASSIVE boobs :)
* We all have that one friend with really huge boobs. :)

And let's not forget this charmer:
* Boy: Can i touch your boobs Girl: No!! Boy: Slut

Clearly FB are not trying to protect our innocence.

Chrystal - posted on 11/12/2010

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The reason facebook takes those photos out is because of pedophyles or however you spell that work LOL. I do agree with facebook taking out nude parts. Even if it's not meant for it to be sexual in any way, I think it is very great for facebook to take those photos out b/c you never know who could be stalking your page.

Sharon - posted on 11/12/2010

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I'm gonna miss all you guys. I've joined the causes but if I put my "baby" to my breast now just to support you guys - I'll probably go to jail.

But it pisses me off too that FB is so fucking heavy handed over babies eating. LOL I'll bet they were all non bonded formula fed little shits, lol.

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