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Breastfeeding Photos Censored on Facebook


Facebook officials have been taking down photos of moms breastfeeding and some people are not happy about it, least of all the members of the Facebook protest group called "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" More than 146,000 people have joined the group (that's 4,000 more members than yesterday!).

The New York Times Bits blog reports that Facebook is sticking to its guns. Facebook says they have a lot of content to keep clean, thus their all-inclusive "no nudity" rule. But some photos of breastfeeding show more skin than others, and moms are bristling at the randomness with which photos are being flagged.

Photos aside, the discussion board for the group is mostly a fiery battleground where users debate public breastfeeding itself. A lot of these topics may sound familiar to you moms -- what's modest, what's offensive and what's just practical. I think that because the female body is sexual and maternal, it's hard to understand it as both. If the breast is both sexy and nurturing, what's the best way to promote respect for both aspects? The boards aren't all serious stuff though -- one woman posted to ask where she could buy a good nursing bra!

Here at Parenting and Babytalk we're pro public breastfeeding and it looks like most of you are too. Check out the results from our own Mom Debate: Should women have the right to breastfeed wherever they'd like? and get information on your legal right to breastfeed in public.

What do you think of Facebook's decision?