Facebook Still Not Budging on Breastfeeding Photos

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nursing mom and babyLast year, when Facebook started removing pictures of mothers breastfeeding, I thought they were very brave.

Wrong, mind you. And stupid. But also brave. Because when mothers gather -- especially mothers who are passionate about something -- they tend to get their way. Just look how quickly Motrin took down their snarky ad about baby wearing once sling-wearing moms got wind of it.

But Facebook is apparently made of stone. After a year of online protesting, including a Facebook group titled "Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding is Not Obscene!" that has over 85,000 members, the social networking is standing firm on its decision.

"Photos containing a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms (on obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material) and may be removed," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said in a statement. "The photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain."

Schnitt also said that the company called newspapers and other media outlets across the country asking to place a breastfeeding ad with an exposed breast, and all said no. Critics complain that while pictures of moms feeding their babies are removed, plenty of other users are allowed to post questionable material.

I think it boils down to the age old debate: Are breasts sexual or are they simply body parts designed for feeding babies? The truth is, they're both ... and that's why these two sides will never agree. Thoughts, anyone?

How do you feel about Facebook's ban on breastfeeding photos?
Ridiculous! Breastfeeding is perfectly natural.51 (38.1%)
Reasonable. They only ban fully exposed breasts.26 (19.4%)
They're just breasts, who cares?7 (5.2%)
I'm still trying to figure out why you'd put your breasts on Facebook in the first place.49 (36.6%)
Other -- Share with us in comments.1 (0.7%)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.