Breastfeeding Photos and Facebook

You’d think that after the brouhaha on Facebook about breastfeeding photos on Facebook last year (and Facebook developing an official policy regarding those breastfeeding photos), people would be over it.  After all, it’s Facebook.  Facebook, the land of young people publicly sharing the stupid things that they do and employers using said stupid things as a reason to fire or not hire someone.  You’d think that since photos worthy of Girls Gone Stupid or whatever the drunksploitation videos are called show up on a regular basis, no one would bat an eyelash at breastfeeding photos.

You’d think wrong.Breastfeeding Photos on Facebook

A mom on a cloth diapering group shared this picture.

Sure, it’s showing a lot of boob… but I have to tell you, as a well-endowed woman, the only way that I don’t show a lot of boob is if I’m wearing a turtleneck.  Even then, though, there’s no missing those things.  Sure, she could have worn a tank top under her shirt to push up, but whatever, people forget.  Or she could have lifted her shirt from the bottom.  I, personally, would not do that because I’d rather someone get a bird’s eye view of my boob with a kid attached than my belly fat.  I’d definitely rather someone have breastfeeding photos of me showing more boob than belly.

Still, though, someone anonymously reported it to Facebook.  As porn or nudity.

The good news is that Facebook did nothing.  The mom’s Facebook account wasn’t suspended, deleted, or anything else.  Facebook just emailed her saying that there had been a complaint but there were no violations.

That’s because under Facebook’s policy on breastfeeding photos, they had no grounds.  Here’s the policy:

Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re glad to know that it’s important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.

Photos that show a fully exposed breast where the child is not actively engaged in nursing do violate the Facebook Terms. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media.

It’s important to note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.

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Go figure.
Look, if you don’t like it when someone shares breastfeeding photos, there are a few ways to handle it.
1.) Hide the offensive scary breastfeeding photos from your news feed.
2.) Hide the person posting breastfeeding photos from your news feed.
3.) Unfriend the person.
4.) Tell the person that you don’t like it so that the poster can either stop posting breastfeeding photos or unfriend you.
Pretty simple, right?
At the end of the day, it comes down to this: there are a ton of things that I find objectionable.  I find it objectionable when people post dumb things.  I find it objectionable when people attempt to take away the rights of others.  But the world does not exist the way I’d like it to… and I suspect that’s the same for everyone else.
Have you ever had to defend breastfeeding rights?  How did you handle it?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Woohoo Facebook!

    And seriously?! I see more boob on some of the girls on my college campus. And none of them are feeding babies!
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  2. For real. How can people not be over it? I show more cleavage than that in summer. It just goes with the territory of having huge jugs.
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  3. It drives me nuts when I see bikini photos of people on Facebook that everyone is “liking” but know those same people would freak out if a woman was modestly breastfeeding.
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  4. ha! i always do the pop out the top, so much easier than the tank top under and whatever else. finally facebook is up to speed with things. made no sense before.
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  5. Thanks for the post. I didn’t know they updated their rules, but I am so glad they did! This is great!
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  6. It’s a step in the right direction, that’s for sure! A friend (who is still in college) posted a picture of himself and a girl in literally nothing else but PASTIES, glitter and a thong last year for St Patrick’s Day – guess what? Never taken down. Because apparently that’s hot.
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  7. Anastasia says:

    ok, first comment, take this EXACT photo, swap out the jeans for a toga & NO ONE would bat an eye.

  8. Anastasia says:

    oh you forgot 1 other things, wait 5 minutes, the FB feed will change, lol! (you can reshare something & it will happen even FASTER too)

  9. Anastasia says:

    You can hide it, before I lost 50 lbs I couldn’t hide these things anymore then Travolta could. Even now at only DD status, you see them. Fully dressed, you see them. It’s the current clothing style & if you HIVE them, well either you’re a nursing mom or uber religious.

  10. Anastasia says:

    Here’s one you WILL like, I asked me teens”what’s wrong with this picture” without saying what I was looking at.

    “The Gecko talks” was their comment, lol! They didn’t even NOTICE the breastfeeding picture!

  11. Anastasia says:

    How about Bikinis on public transit while me & my turtleneck in 90 degree heat have the twins WELL covered but someone is still gonna complain & the Bikini Girl shot her mouth off in MY defense. & then the driver laid in on the guy (he took god’s name in vain over my unholy act) & basically said you didn’t even pay yet on TOP of all this & you’re holding us all up so pay & take a seat or get off & walk.

    Silence, & yes he paid.

  12. For ONCE, I’m happy at Facebook. Unfortunately, I’ve heard of many breastfeeding pictures being deleted and accounts suspended on FB. The sad thing is FB refused to take down a video of a beheading of a Mexican woman:

    I get SO frustrated when people talk about how horrible it is to breastfeed in public, but don’t condemn people who make poor decisions on dress.
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  13. This is such a huge annoyance to me that there even needs to be a policy. And flagging it for porn? Ugh! Talk about offensive 🙁
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  14. I don’t get this entire issues. People are so fixated that breasts were designed for sexual pleasure when in reality boobs were created to feed our babies. Before the invention of formula and bottles, babies had to breast feed or they would starve to death. If a mother couldn’t personally breastfeed, I bet these babies were give breast milk from the breasts of someone close to the family. I think people need to get over it and I am glad that more women are breastfeeding.
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  15. Sara Johnson says:

    I breastfed all 4 my babies, still bf my 14 mo, who has nursed more in public than all my others. I still don’t like the pictures like the one above, with the whole breast showing; it just seems a bit much to me. But it’s not porn or nudity. I would probably just hide a pic like that from my news feed, because my husband and boys sometimes scroll through, and move on.

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