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Where Do You Stand? Public Photos of Breastfeeding

Whether you're for or against breastfeeding, moms all over the world are nursing their babies, many are doing it in public, and some have even posted pictures of themselves breastfeeding on Facebook. It turns out that Facebook isn't OK with that and has placed a ban on posting such photos on its site. If women ignore the rule, Facebook will take the pictures down. The social networking site claims to have no problem with photos of women nursing but simply won't allow photos "containing a fully exposed breast." To hear more, check out this video clip from MSNBC.

A group called the Mothers International Lactation Campaign (MILC) is so outraged by the ban that they're planning a demonstration on Dec. 27 right outside Facebook's Palo Alto offices. They're also asking Facebook users to join the "virtual nurse-in" by making their profile photo a picture of a woman breastfeeding.

This is a pretty heated topic, so what's your opinion on public displays of breastfeeding and taking photos of the act? Share your thoughts below.

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Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I'm against breast feeding in public, I know it's natural and all that but there are somethings you just don't do in public, like sex or going to the bathroom.
khadeekiinsz khadeekiinsz 8 years
Having sex is natural too. Do we need a protest group to try to allow people to get it on public too?
katherinev katherinev 8 years
It's called FACEbook, not breastbook. When someone signs up, he or she agrees to their terms of use and if that includes no boobs then no boobs. Go get a Breastbook, MILC.
krissycake krissycake 8 years
ta da!!
Sarahab145 Sarahab145 8 years
hunnybunny, calm the heck down. Were not arguing if breastfeeding is gross. We just don't want someones boob hanging in our face? How would you like it if i flashed you in public? Would that get a little awkward for you? And yes, bf is much more productive and healthy than me flashing you, but all were saying is some chicks boob hanging in our face makes us uncomfortable, no matter how natural it is. And honestly, your caps lock usage is ridiculous.
Kaleighna Kaleighna 8 years
I am all for breast feeding..I fed my babies that way.. it is much better for the baby..anyone with 1/2 a brain knows this.. BUT there is also such a thing as discretion. I do not want to be out with my husband or other guests, only to have the lady at the table next to me.. pull out her bare breast, while we are trying to have a pleasant evening out.. If u must feed your precious bundle in public eating place..ask to be seated in a more private area.. as for posting pics on the FACEBOOK..for pity sake, get over it.. and a little FYI motherhood is a biological function.. not a holy calling.. so get over the entitlement attitude please.. it is about as attractive as baby spit-up on your shoulder..
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I have a couple of friends on facebook who are pregnant and if I sign in one day and there's a brand new photo on my newsfeed of one of them feeding their newborn, I have to say I would be uncomfortable. It just seems to me like something that people should do in private. Not in pictures on facebook, not at the mall while I'm shopping, not at a restaurant either. Basically, kudos to you for the new baby, but you just need to respect that not everyone wants to see breastfeeding. Simple as that.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
hunnybunnyforreal - hiding a bottle and covering a nipple are completely DIFFERENT things. a breast is a part of the human body that is traditionally covered up and when it is not covered, it is considered nudity. a bottle is an inanimate object. breast feeding is natural but i'd want to throw a blanket over your baby's nose if you were in a restaurant or mall with your boobie hanging out
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
BREATHE sheesh! Breastfeeding is a choice and it is not mandatory even if it is better for the baby. This isn't a discussion about what is better or not. And of course Facebook and Myspace are places for people to express what is important to them but within that there are rules that the sites have established, and in this society ( like it or not) a breast is considered nudity regardless of how natural breastfeeding is...therefore face book has removed the pictures!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
Anyone who is against it is a freaking idiot. Look at all the pop stars bouncing around with their boobs out. Remember Lil Kim and Diana Ross at the VMAs? No one sees anything wrong with women being objectified in magazines, but as soon as you use breasts for what they're actually for, suddenly people are offended and disgusted. They can go to hell.
honeybunny4real honeybunny4real 8 years
This is so ridiculous!!! Do people need to hide the bottle, too? Geesh, a baby is eating!! It's stupid people acting rude like THIS that causes everyone to STOP breast feeding, EVEN THOUGH, it's much better for the baby! I am talking about just being out in the general public, and people saying "cover up" I would like someone to come up and tell me to put a blanket ver my baby's nose when he's eating...they would get punched out is what they would get!
honeybunny4real honeybunny4real 8 years
Okay...this is really irritating me! First of all...Face Book, and My Space is where people can talk about THEMSELVES and THEIR INTERESTS. If people LOVE doing something, and it is a big thing to THEM, then of course they are going to post it...YOU may not AGREE, OR understand, but I probably don't understand why YOU or someone else would have pics of gas guzzling SUV's, deer they hunted, etc. etc. It is very important for mothers to breast feed, for the health of the baby, anything that promotes that is a GOOD THING. Even though, I personally would not post pics of when I was breast feeding, I would not be offended by someone else, to the extent that I would descriminate against them, and forbid their pictures.... If it's nursing mothers now, what's it going to be next?
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
I don't particularly care to see it, but a tasteful picture that doesn't actually show the breast is fine (Angelina Jolie's pic in W a few months ago for example). But as others have said, that's exactly what Facebook is saying. No nudity. It's the rules b*tches, get over it. It's a slippery slope if they allow nudity for breastfeeding. What if a 15 year old had a baby (not a rarity) and posted a picture of her breast feeding where you could see her whole breast. Well, then you have kiddie porn on their site, but hey, MILC said breastfeeding is natural, and now Facebook has to face a whole other group of crusaders. Just follow the rules of the website. I kinda doubt your friends and family need or want to see you breastfeeding; you can just tell them all about it if you want to prove what an oh so wonderful, natural mother you are (cuz I'm sure they care).
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I agree with most of the posters...cover yourself up, for crying out loud! yeah, it's natural and great to breast feed, have at it. But a boob's a boob whether a kid's sucking at it or not. So you have a young infant and you don't have to follow social norms of decency and tact anymore? You're a parent, how about you plan your life so that you don't end up having to feed your child somewhere public? It can't be convenient anyway. And if you absolutely can't do that, for goodness sake cover up. It's your BOOB. As far as the Facebook thing, they have to cover their own ass. you KNOW some pervy guys would take advantage and start a Sexy Nursing Boob group or something if those photos were allowed.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Breastfeeding is completely natural, and should be treated as such. Women should be able to breast feed in public without getting dirty looks. At the same women who are breast feeding should be respectful of others around them and at least have a blanket to cover themselves. I think it's rude to just say " I'm a mom and it's natural" while breast feeding at a table in a resturant everyone isn't a parent and everyone doesn't want childrent so you should respect others as you would want to be respected. Facebook should allow these women to post their pictures of something which is so natural. I mean facebook still has pictures of young women on the floor drunk in bathrooms and various other locations...why not breastfeeding? I just find it odd that it's so important to this group to have their pictures up why dont' they create there own site for their group and post pictures there!
RaCheer RaCheer 8 years
I don't have a problem with breastfeeding but I think it should be done in private. It makes some people uncomfortable!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If you need to do it in public, cover up. simple as that.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
sarcastically, sundaygreen said the following "Snap a couple of pictures and send them to your friends via IM or email or POST if you're so desperate for them to see!"...i think this proves a point about how weird some people are about breastfeeding my take on this is WHY WOULD YOU BE DESPERATE FOR PEOPLE TO SEE YOU DOING THIS? are you desperate for people to see you bottle feeding your child or wiping their butt when they're on the potty? keep it to yourself
skigurl skigurl 8 years
breastfeeding as an ACT is natural but i hate when women have their boobs all up in everyone's grill in public while they do's like they're just provind a point that they're ALLOWED to do it or something i don't know why people would ever WANT to put that on facebook but i can totally see facebook's position about full boobal nudity. they would remove any nudity, not just if a baby is sucking on a certain part of a woman i find it absolutely ridiculous when women don't cover up with a blanket when they feed their child. my very close friends and family even have the decency to do this when feeding their children in their own home when others are around. why wouldn't you? just be discrete people.
krissycake krissycake 8 years
I think there is an important distinction that some of those MILC people are not getting - and that is, that most people would agree breastfeeding is a normal, natural and even beautiful thing - which should be documented, sure, but it's that simple too - there are pervs and etc that would love to see these womens' breasts for reasons other than witnessing breastfeeding. I believe facebook is doing this for women's protection, not for stripping any rights away. Plus, as other posters have suggested, I think some people don't realize the full scope of facebook's reach...would you want your potential boss to see you not fully clothed? Even if it was not intended in that context? Perception is reality!
looseseal looseseal 8 years
It's Facebook's website - they can do whatever they want with it. Anyway, they're between a rock and a hard place. If they say, sure, go ahead and show naked boobs, then people are going to start posting photos of non-breastfeeding naked boobs, or maybe pics of someone else sucking on their nipples (hey, that's breastfeeding... in a way), and then some group of mothers is going to have a shit fit about their children seeing naked boobs and grown people sucking on nipples on Facebook. And around and around we go. MILC can go ahead and start their own "all boobies, all the time" website. It could become immensely popular and profitable. Hey, there's a fetish for pretty much everything, I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who would pay up to jack off to images of women breastfeeding. Ha, and no kidding, jennjennnbubba, about their acronym. I wonder if they get crank calls asking for MILF?
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I think that people who make a big HOO HAA about not being allowed to put a photo of them breastfeeding their kid on a fucking social networking site, REALLY have too much time on their hands. Honestly, why waste all that time and effort over something SO trivial? Snap a couple of pictures and send them to your friends via IM or email or POST if you're so desperate for them to see! The bottom line is that Facebook doesn't owe these people anything.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I don't really see why it would be a problem as long as there isn't full exposure, but honestly, Facebook is a website for social networking, would you show your boss your breast? If not, then don't put a picture of it on Facebook. The same applies for any pictures really, would you want your boss to see you puking in a toilet? How about taking a pee(close enough to the 'dump' picture as someone mentioned above, and trust me.. I have seen way too many pictures of people sitting on toilets.. why!?!)? If it's something you're comfortable with.. go for it, but Facebook has a no-nudity policy, and a breast is considered nudity. Therefore, if a full breast is exposed, then it is against their rules and they have every right to remove it.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
I think breastfeeding is perfectly natural but indecent exposure is illegal. Why would you want everyone to see your breast anyway? Seems like a cry for attention- especially with photos; it's just in poor taste to publicly breastfeed. It should be a private matter between mom and baby, not a show for dozens of strangers to gawk at.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 8 years
Excuse me,snowy, but I understand perfectly. Bully for you that you are so pro-breastfeeding, however, having to look at a woman with her boob out in public makes many people uncomfortable. Just because you are capable of a biological function doesn't mean that other people have to be blessed with the sight of your wonderful womanhood. Have some respect for others and cover it up. Why anyone would think anyone else would want to see that on a social networking site is beyond me. I was at a restaurant once with a work acquaintance and some of her colleagues. One of the women was a new mom and she whipped her boob out with no coverage at our table WHILE the waiter was taking our order. I wanted to crawl under the table. He was so uncomfortable, the people at our table and adjacent tables were embarrassed, but this chick did not give a sh!t about any of that. I was so pissed that she had so little regard for other people's comfort. If you are going to feed your precious kid in public, and can't make it to a ladies lounge to do it, then AT LEAST be discreet and cover yourself.
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