Moms Stage ‘Nurse-Ins’ At Facebook Offices Over Breastfeeding Photo Policy

By William McGuinness

AUSTIN, Texas (CBS HOUSTON) — Mothers held a rally outside Facebook offices in Austin yesterday, staging “nurse-ins” to protest the website’s practice of labeling photos of breastfeeding as obscene.

Vancouver midwife Emma Kwasnica called moms to support the cause worldwide through a Facebook group called “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene.”

She said she’s repeatedly had her Facebook account suspended over photos tagged of her feeding her children and wants the company to rethink its approach.

“This is discrimination,” Kwasnica told the Houston Chronicle. “There’s no other way to look at it. We’re being treated as pornographers. Breast-feeding moms, especially ones with infants, spend hours a day with their children at their breast. They’re not trying to be sexually explicit. This is just part of their everyday lives.”

Protests were also held at the company’s new Menlo Park headquarters and offices in other locations across the country.

Facebook offers individuals an option to report other members’ photos as obscene and maintains that hosting members’ photos carries with it an obligation that the company protect minors from content, including nudity.

In a statement released Monday, Facebook said the vast majority of breastfeeding photos comply with its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which closely mirrors the policy that governs broadcast television, and which places limitations on nudity due to the presence of minors on the site.

But, Facebook stated, “On some occasions, breastfeeding photos contain nudity – for example an exposed breast that is not being used for feeding – and therefore violate our terms. When such photos are reported to us and are found to violate our policies, the person who posted the photo is contacted, and the photos are removed. Our policies strive to fit the needs of a diverse community while respecting everyone’s interest in sharing content that is important to them, including experiences related to breastfeeding.”

Facebook noted its employees receive hundreds of thousands of reports every week and occasionally make a mistake and remove a piece of content it shouldn’t.

  • Hal Jordan

    Being A Good Mom 101:

    “What is a receiving blanket?
    – Receiving blankets are blankets that can be used to wrap the infant shortly after they are born.
    You can also use a receiving blanket to do the following:
    – Makeshift modesty cover while nursing.”

    • summernot

      Receiving blankets don’t work on babies after about 4 months in many cases. My son would just pull it off. And who can blame him? Would you want to eat your lunch under a blanket?

      One thing people may not know about breastfeeding: it’s HOT. The hormones released while nursing cause the mom’s body temperature to rise — and on top of that you have two people snuggled up against each other. Imagine putting a blanket on top of both — even a lightweight one — especially in Texas heat. No wonder babies tend to pull them off.

      Baby heads are huge. Babies take in the entire nipple and areola when nursing. Between this and their giant heads, no one is going to be able to see anything unless they are very determined.

      Really, people need to get over it and accept that babies need to be fed in the best way and recognize that this is a good thing. Moms work really, really hard to establish nursing. It’s painful, exhausting and sometimes frustrating at first. The last thing they need is some ignoramus telling them they’re doing it wrong.

      • Navybuckeye

        I am sick of people pushing their beliefs onto others. Facebook is privately owned and the owner can establish what ever policy they want to in regards to breastfeeding photos. If you don’t like the fact they ban some pictures here’s a suggesstion……………..DON’T USE FACEBOOOK…TADA!!!!

        I am sick of people who think that their morals are better than others and then try to force them. That ‘s the beauty of have the choice to believe either way.

      • Bryan

        Well said!

        This is the most natural, innocent thing in the world. Nothing pornographic at all about it. Breasts are there to – guess what – feed babies!

        People who think otherwise need to have their heads examined! You are the sick ones.And for those that think a woman should have to go into the bathroom to feed – I ask you to do the same during your lunch break.

      • Ryan

        That was really cruel Harut haha.

        Hey if you think the world seems like its going to end, go HERE and read what you can do about it. Prepare your family!

      • Harut Mekjian

        I don’t care, I don’t want to see you sagging breasts. Cover it up or go somewhere where we don’t have to see it.

      • Nancy

        I was there we took a bunch of pictures of the protest to really stick it to facebook. You can see most of the pictures we took here. Go Breast Feeders! It is natural! Don’t be ashamed to show your tata’s in public!

      • More of the Same'ol

        @summernot, I’m not offend, I agree with you “it’s hot”.

        Just curious, at what age does this turn into p@rn? Maybe a little detail that could be getting over looked here. Seems like these women are getting-off in some form or another.

      • summernot

        More of the Same’ol-

        Out of the hundreds of photos at that link I saw only a handful in which there was an exposed nipple — and a good fraction of those were photos of paintings that people had posted.

        There are plenty of videos of moms nursing on Youtube — there are even videos of women giving birth. If they offend you, don’t look.

      • AJ Gum

        No one is telling anyone that they are breastfeeding “wrong” or that breastfeeding is wrong – they just don’t want pictures of it on FB.

      • LLinLa

        Moms and nursing are natural. The only problem I can see is with the 30 yr old wierdos who think they are still babies wanting to publish their nursing pictures and other such trash. But what is the necessity motivating mothers to post breast-feeding pics on FB, YouTube, etc. Just because you can? I don’t get it. Why would you want to? Should they be able to: yes, but why . . .

      • jasperddbgghost

        Keep your ugly ol’ titty where it belongs.

      • Hal Jordan

        Hey, it doesn’t have to be a blanket. Could be a napkin, could be a handkerchief, could be a shawl. It’s modesty, a common courtesy that people used in the past. Parents used to teach their children not to whip out their private parts in public. Apparently courtesy and restraint are no longer part of some people’s vocabulary.

        I agree with glenp’s comment below. If the militant mommies want to whip them out in public, then men should be able to get right up close and personal to get the best view. They should take close up photos and give a numeric score to each pair. If breastfeeding is natural, then so is looking.

      • More of the Same'ol

        @summernot, not only are there exposed nipples there’s 3-4 year olds stealing a sip from their younger siblings.

      • More of the Same'ol

        @summernot, I agree it’s hot. Nothing hotter than whipping out a nipple in public. Janet Jackson know how hot it is.

        If you’re not bothered by slippin’ the nip out in public, don’t get bothered when strangers stare. Remember, they are just watching nature in action.

      • summernot

        More of the Same’ol-

        Please point out the exposed nipples on the breastfeeding mothers in the photo attached to this article. Wait? You can’t see any? That’s because they aren’t visible when a baby is nursing.

        I nurse my son in public. No one has batted an eye. Most don’t even realize what we’re doing. That’s because you can’t see anything except my son’s head snuggled up against me.

      • Melissa

        I have no problem with breastfeeding. It’s natural and wondrous. DO IT IN PRIVATE.

      • Me

        Perhaps you missed the part about the vast majority of photos being deemed acceptable and the ones being deleted as showing the non-nursing breast completely exposed.

        Also, who is reporting these photos if not the woman’s “friends?” Unless, of course, they’re making their nursing photos completely public in order to push the envelope…

      • Huuf Arted

        True Dat Melissa, everytime I see a woman breastfeeding I get a woody !

      • Sheila

        Uneduacated people are weirded out and afraid of breastfeeding.
        Definately have a perverted view of life….how can you think breastfeeding a child is obscene?

      • the watcher

        summernot, how about a link to some pics. It’s natural, post ’em up.

      • FNTM

        People need to remember and ponder about the fact that breast feeding in public was quite normal only 60 years ago. Almost no one saw a bottle then and if they did it elicited kind words when people assumed the mother couldn’t provide mother’s milk.

    • ricky

      Also known as a knocker locker or hooter hider

    • The watcher

      Why is it that almost none of the breastfeeding mothers are smoking hot? Get the cans out and I will pull up a chair.

  • Melissa

    That’s just great–militant breast-feeders having a sit-in. How ridiculous. Peeing is a natural thing too, but I don’t do it in public. Some things are meant to be done in private. I don’t need a public breast-feeder showing me how it’s done! I’m pretty good with my imagination. Why not keep this a sweet intimate moment with your baby? But no…it’s so-o-o much better to use your baby as a political platform. Ridiculous.

    • Johnny LaJolla

      Great comment!

    • Inferiority complexes

      Melissa was an uncaring, unloving mother who didn’t love her baby enough to nurse.

      I bet iron lady Melissa was one of those parents who never held their child to feed them. I see so many lazy bottle feeding parents who leave their child in their stroller during feeding. Then I watch in disgust as the child pukes up half it’s bottle. The poor baby, unloved by a cold hearted parent enough to be held.

      Husbands love wives who nurse because they don’t need to give late night bottles. They get a good nights sleep and aren’t all surly and nasty like the boys commenting here.

      Proof that nursing raises IQ, based on most of these idiotic comments most of these people were bottle feed, and still angry about it. Sorry mommy didn’t love you enough to give you the good stuff.

      • Agatha Higginbottom

        Are you serious? Unloving not to nurse? How about the women who just don’t develope milk or other medical reasons they can’t nurse, are they unloving? Since the invention of pumps fathers can feed breast milk fed children too. How selfish a man must be to not help feed his child.

        Apparently a low IQ is something you must know about. Well that and mommy issues.

      • Margie

        Agatha, it is PROVEN that 97% of women who claim they “couldn’t” nurse, could. They quit for various reason, which is fine, of course. But, the “I can’t nurse” thing is bs in most cases. Most of the time it is the amount of time involved, followed by having to go back to work and not wanting to pump all darn day, followed by diet choices, medication choices (where there are options, sometimes there’s not), etc. I am not faulting moms who earnestly try, but I won’t lie, as a former lactation consultant, the excuses blew my mind. Daddy giving the baby a bottle causes nipple confusion, a very real problem, until about 6 weeks-3 months old. The bottom line is, this is not the same as the idiots saying “Sex is natural..blah, blah”. This is feeding an infant. If another woman has a problem with a woman nursing, something isn’t right. Guilt, shame, etc. are all normal feelings, people like Melissa hide that in the guise of outrage. Obviously, she could just be an uncaring witch, too.

    • Kat

      Melissa, perhaps you should eat every meal in private. Breasts were not created as sexual objects. They are nature’s (and God’s) way to NOURISH BABIES! Sounds like you have some sort of repressive issues. SEE A SHRINK! Commend nursing mothers for giving their babies the best start possible. Can you make that claim?

      • Ruckus

        If we don’t agree, you think we need a shrink. We think that uncobering your breast and latching a baby onto PUBLIC is repugnant. Nobody cares if you breast feed your baby, just do it in private.

      • Bill Krausmann


        What do you mean not sexual objects? Does a woman’s lover touch her breasts during love-making? Does she enjoy it? If anyone answers ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then yeah, they are sexual objects. Even the Bible states they are, and I’m an atheist!

        Proverbs 5:18-19 “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.”

        Song of Songs 7:7-8 “This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples.”

        So yeah, your God loves boobies.

        As for doing it in public, just cover up with a tea towel and have some modesty. Public displays are intentional and attention getting on purpose.

      • Sheila

        Melissa definately has issues.

        Alot of the posts that are fearful or repulsed by breastfeeding in public sound pretty uneduacated.
        I’m conservative in my politics and views but the level of ignorance and fear on these posts is bizarre.
        Are these people more comfortable with the idea of the hyper sexualization of the breasts by the porn, media and cosmetic industries yet fearful of a mother nursing her child with what nature intended her to do with her breasts?
        What does this say about our country and how removed and manipulated women have become?.
        Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public and to all the women out there who are freaked out by public nursing….what the hell happened to you?

    • summernot

      Babies nurse every three hours, unless they’re in a growth spurt. Then it’s as often as every hour. This is from the start of one feed to the start of another. Typically they’ll nurse for 30-45 minutes. So that means moms have about 30 minutes to 2.5 hours in between feedings, typically.

      Let’s say you go grocery shopping and meet a friend for lunch. 30 minutes to get to the store, 30 minutes shopping, 30 minutes to get to lunch and get your order in, 30-45 minutes to eat and chat. 2+ hours have gone by. The baby is going to be hungry. What do you do? Never go anywhere? No! You feed your baby! If a baby can take a bottle at a table, why is it any different for him to nurse?

      I see nothing obscene in the photo attached to this article, which shows two women nursing. In fact, I see no breasts at all.

      • Granny

        They should allow public focking too. It’s totally natural, and you don’t have to watch if you don’t want to. And public cacksucking should also be allowed, it’s natural. Sock it!

      • Naomi Loveall

        @Granny. There is a whole lot of difference between sex and feeding your child. My children eat when they are hungry, including when they were breastfeeding infants. The do not now or then eat under blankets or in the bathroom. If you equate sex with eating than I think the issue for you isn’t about feeding babies, but rather with your own fetishes… I agree that sex is also natural (you’ll notice that I can use the proper terms), however it is not a necessary daily function. Sex is for reproduction and enjoyment thereof is a side benefit. Eating IS a necessary daily function and breasts are designed to feed children.

    • Terry

      Do you eat in public? Or do you run home, or eat in a public restroom? Ridiculous indeed. Don’t look.

      • ruckus

        I don’t have someone’s boob in my mouth when I eath lunch. “If I did, I would definitly do it in private.

      • corpus

        I usually run home… Or eat in a public restaurant.

      • Andrew P.

        @Terry: These mothers are doing more than exposing themselves in public, they are taking pictures of it and posting them on a public forum.

        I think this is kind of messed up for the kids too. One day, in middle or high school, someone is going to find pictures of their classmate’s mom with an exposed breast (it’s the internet, remember? Pics don’t go away). That should be fun….

      • v

        all people are asking is to be discreet.. not run to the bathroom..

      • biffula

        Hey Terry, they shouldnt be doing it in public either. And feeding a hungry kid because he’s hungry while the mom is out in public is completely different that showing an entirely unnecessary picture of the self-entitled nonsense on fb.

      • You Kidding Me?

        I would run to the restroom or to a private spot if I were eating a boob, but I would’nt feel compelled to do the same if I were eating a sandwich. Does that make sense to you?

  • Eric

    Selfish move on these moms part. Yes, breast-feeding is natural and a beautiful function, but so is conception … should we let those photos on Facebook, too?

    • put a blanket over your own head

      Uh… how would you get a camera into a fallopian tube to get a picture of conception?

      • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

        I don’t know…

        But I’d give it a shot.

      • what she said

        Seriously, jasperddbgghost, the average person doesn’t have access to the amazing technology that would afford them the ability to capture the conception of their own child on a camera and then post said photos on facebook. You are a dumba$$.

      • jasperddbgghost

        Seriously have you never watched History Channel, National Geographic or Animal Planet?

        I’m betting your channels are MTV, MTV2 and BET.

  • donpopione

    People have no problem looking a naked men or women on tv, movies and magazines, but show a women Breast-feeding and everyone is having a stroke. To all the other people posting on these social networks, what goes there stay’s there and sometimes comes back to bite you in the a##.

    • Mike

      I have a problem with nudity on TV. Moralty is not a one size fits all. And minors can view these, and they should not be viewing porn. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but should be done discreetly.

      • James


        The minors of this generations are perverse and disgusting. I went to walmart earlier and heard two kids who couldn’t have been older than 14 talking about their sexual exploits.

        Now I never did this when I was that age, hell I didn’t even kiss a girl until I was 19, and I am now happily married to the same girl.

        However this generation seems to think that a “relationship” lasts a night or a weekend. Its disgusting.

      • Kat


        Maybe the parents of minors should teach their children that. My older kids watched me nurse my younger kids (all boys). It’s natural to them, they think nothing of it, and they are not immoral. Now their wives are nursing their kids…out in the open.
        Maybe you’re the pervert here.

      • Andrew P.

        @donpopione: You’re right. Teens these days know about taking opium, r@pe, murder, “shooting up”, and all sorts of things… According to your logic, since kids “know” about it, it should be okay if they witness it.

      • donpopione

        The minors in this generation know more then we do. Don’t be that naive.

      • Sheila

        You’re comparing breast feeding to porn?
        Breast feeding is immoral?
        Wow, diude…Calling Dr Sigmund Frued.

  • glenp

    I was a 50’s bottle baby and watching just helps me understand my motivations in why I need to stare at breaststststs

  • Mike Hunt

    Don’t like the rules? Don’t use the site. No one is forcing you to have a facebook account. More nonsense from the militant breastfeeders….

    • Ruckus

      I agree

    • Larry K

      Stop making sense your on te internet

    • Kathy

      militant mouthbreathers is more like it

    • jen

      At last, a voice of reason. I’m assuming the users clicked the box that said you agree to the terms and conditions. If you don’t like the terms and conditions, you are not forced to have an account.

  • Marbran

    If mothers are so keen on sharing photos of themselves breast-feeding, why don’t they just email the photos to friends and family? Why the need for any sort of public display? Do they think they are more special than the billions of women who have breast-fed infants since the dawn of mammalian life on this plant?

    • biffula


    • summernot

      Or they could post them on a page that only their friends and family can view. Seems to be about the same thing to me.

  • Geoff

    Too many people with too much time on their hands.

  • Melvin

    You know it is truly amazing in how the human race has made it this far without this new movement of, “In your face mothers.” These new age mothers who feel that the must absolutely thrust their infants into everyones faces and go, “!!See, see, I’m a mother, I get special privileges.”
    But as these children start to grow up, they are the ones caterwauling in the grocery stores at the top of their tiny lungs and these in face mommies are totally oblivious to the annoyance that their spawns is causing.
    Go to any high end restaurant for a quiet meal, only to find out that the, “In your Face Mommies,” have allowed their children to turn what was once a quiet restaurant into a playground.
    These, “Nurse Ins” are nothing more than attention grabbing mothers looking to force privately owned businesses to bend to love their spawn.
    Girls as a father of three children, and a grandfather to four boys, I have but one thing to say, “Just because you love your child, please don’t force the rest of us to love your child as well.” Browbeating us with your bosoms isn’t going to go anywhere but create resentment.

    • vi

      I am a mother of 2 soon to be 3… you are right on.. I don’t want to be forced to talk to a person when they whip out a boob..

    • LeiLani

      You are truly an ugly person inside with many issues! I feel sorry for your children and grandchildren. I’m sure back in the dark ages when you were a child, you also “caterwauled” for your mother. I hope your children raise their boys to have more respect for their mothers and wives than you have!!

      • Laura

        He is stating the truth- I have seven kids and do not want to see breast feeding in public unless the breast is covered up- period. It is beyond weird to post pictures of breastfeeding on one’s facebook page. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you, there is no need for attacking them.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      Melvin – Bravo. Agree 100% and couldn’t have said it better.

    • Margie

      Melvin, that’s quite a stretch! No one is forcing you to look…now if you can’t help it, I understand. However, to suggest that a mother legally breastfeeding in public is akin to shoving our infants in your face is nonsense. No one is asking for special treatment. It is LEGAL and should also be legal on Facebook. By the way, in my Church (LDS) and with the great majority of women I know, including my daughter and daughter-in-law, you will NOT find any children running around, screaming, etc. Nor will you find any kids staring at the nursing moms. They know what they are for. If you think they are about sex, that’s YOUR problem. If you think a group of moms demanding what is RIGHT (Nursing your baby is NOT porn) is shoving it in your face, you have some strange ideas. Shall we all go home a knit? Your entire argument is absurd. Proud mom of 8 and grandmother of 3-in YOUR face!

  • Lindsey

    Melissa and Eric… Breast feeding is NOTHING like sex and peeing! And by the way, breast are not genitalia! They are for feeding babies. Until our society understands that they are not merely ‘fun bags’ we will still have this ridiculous discussion.

    • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

      Well, if breasts aren’t a form of genitalia.

      Discussion is now over – whip ’em out, babe.

      I consider them a beautiful, artful form of amusement containers.

    • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

      Jay the gay liberal drooled “Wow, I’m amazed by the conservative men in this discussion. You guys sound like crying little girls”.

      Ummm… gee, well then I guess we’d better take a look at ourselves then.

      BTW – Jay, do you still sit down to pee, clap your hands when you’re done, and then wipe from front to back?

      We’re just wondering….

      • Margie

        No, it’s sounds like Jay is a REAL man who can handle looking a breasts without going all porn. Like my husband, a Conservative man who works hard and can handle women feeding their babies without spazzing out at the horrid display.
        And, Kirby, when you can feed an infant with your testicles, we’ll talk.
        NotFair, you just sound ridiculous. Ever heard of “apples and oranges”?

    • NotFair

      Hey, my scrotum is not a “fun bag” either, nor do I consider it genitalia. In fact, it’s necessary to maintain the temperature of my sperm so that they are viable when needed to procreate. Until our society understands that the scrotum is a vital part of humankind, we men will continue to be victimized when revealing ourselves in front of friends and strangers on public forums.

      ..And I certainly won’t cover it up with a blanket/clothing, either! These precious jewels are hot enough as it is, I don’t need them getting any hotter.

      Oh, what’s that? I’m NOT allowed to expose my natural body to strangers. That’s not fair… I propose a scrotum-exposing sit in. Pervert? No, I’m a naturalist.

      • Jay

        Wow, I’m amazed by the conservative men in this discussion. You guys sound like crying little girls.

  • biffula

    These stupid broads. I’m sorry you self indulgent, self-entitled, used up skanks, but no one wants to see a baby sucking on your milk jugs. Keep that nastiness covered up. And why on earth would anyone want to see a picture of it on fb?!?!?!?!?!? Newsflash, you’re not that important!!!!!!

  • Danielle

    Americans are so obsessed with breasts. Ridiculous. We teach our kids to be ashamed and obsessed over them, children do NOT CARE and do not associate sex with breastfeeding, only repressed, overstimulated, porn-watching adults do. Get over it.

    • melvin

      Oh plaaaeeeeeesssseeee, it has nothing to do with sex, pornography or anything of the like. This is just a convenient excuse that the, “In your face Mommies,” use.

      • Ruckus

        You hit the nail on the head Melvin “See I have a baby I can latch him to my boob in front of the whole world and you can’t do anything about it.

  • Tom

    Not a fan.

    Feeding an infant is a necessary thing, but if you have children, then maybe you should cut out one leg of the busy social day you have (some of us have to work during the day), and take a quick trip home to be alone with your baby during such an intimate time. It makes people uncomfortable to have some other woman’s breast hung out there in public, whether it be at a restaurant, a Target, a bus…it doesn’t matter. Are you comfortable when a couple in a restaurant start making out with tongues hanging out all over? How about in front of your kids? I mean, love is a natural thing, right? How about a man with jock itch? It’s a medical thing….can’t he just “pull it out” and scratch it?
    I agree that it’s a very selfish, rather than “caring”, thing you do when you insist on plopping it out there for the world to see. Try and find a discreet place to feed the child since a breast (which, by the way, is also sexualized, like it or not) is involved, or maybe skip a social activity for 30 minute or an hour (your “lunch out with the gals”) to go home and feed the baby. Flatulence is a “natural” thing, but others don’t like it, so we don’t do it. Show some consideration for others besides your own little world.

    • LeiLani

      I keep noticing it is mostly men that want women to stay home and pretend that the baby doesn’t need to eat every couple of hours. I think that as many men that have a problem with women breastfeeding in public (which most women are very discreet), it is probably because they have sexual issues, like not ever getting any!!!
      To compare feeding a child to jock itch or flatulence is completely ignorant and amazingly ridiculous.

    • hellogolly

      Oh, good lord. It’s not any more ‘intimate’ than you eating a Big Mac/favorite lunch of choice. Certain people insist it’s intimate and bonding and private, but I don’t sit in a room with curtains blowing in and violins soaring with a plate of prime rib. And neither do you, because that would be ridiculous. It’s EATING.

      Breasts are for more than selling beer and cars. Why is sex the default?

      And how dare you equate feeding a baby the way nature intended to making out or jock itch? A baby must eat. There’s nothing sexual about it. A baby is not a fungus that demands to be scratched.

      I’m sorry the thought/sight of a baby drinking perfectly nutritious milk from his or her mom makes you so upset. You are probably like the lady I saw at the local zoo. A bear cub was nursing from its mom and she started yelling the zoo shouldn’t “allow that” in front of kids. Geez.

      • summernot


        if someone took a picture of me breastfeeding in public, that’d be weird, but they wouldn’t actually be photographing an exposed breast, because from almost any angle, they wouldn’t be able to see one.Take a look at the photo of the woman nursing her child that is attached to this article. Where’s the boob?

        So yes, it would be creepy for a stranger to photograph me or (and especially) my child. But the fact that we were nursing would be mostly irrelevant, because the view would be virtually no different than if I was just holding my son close.

      • A.

        If its not intimate, then you wouldn’t mind me taking a picture of it and posting it online, right? I mean, if whipping out one’s breast and feeding one’s child in public is not indecent, then it shouldn’t be a problem when I obviously take a picture of it. See the problem here?

        I have a feeling most women wouldn’t want to be photographed by a stranger (for no reason) while breastfeeding. But if it’s all natural, what’s the problem? Tourists can take pictures of you on public streets without your consent, so this shouldn’t be a problem either, right?

        I’d like to hear a response from a woman on this..

  • Clarity2011

    Why are boobs considered obscene anyway?

  • Blaine

    Honestly I have no desire to see anyone I know breastfeeding a child. There are some things that shouldn’t be put on the internet for all to see.

    • TL

      Thank You…well said ….why would anyone want to see what should be private?

  • BigMilky

    More proof of the Zukerburg theorem: Average Facebook User = Narcissist

  • Cliff

    The debate here isn’t whether or not breastfeeding in public is right or wrong, but why women feel the need to post photos of it, usually, for the public to see. If this weren’t the case, these photos wouldn’t be getting flagged to begin with.

    • summernot

      I have a friend who tweeted pictures of her toddler playing peekaboo while nursing. It was adorable, and I’m glad they shared it with family and friends.

      I have another friend who posted a picture of her son climbing on a table while nursing. Kids can find the most unusual positions to nurse in — and sometimes they can make for funny pictures.

      People also post pictures of their babies eating solid foods. This is no different. Babies spend about 1/3 of their awake time nursing. It’s no surprise that parents photograph them during this time.

  • Eric

    Lindsey — I don’t think you get the point. It’s not the act of breastfeeding in public that bothers people, it’s not being discreet about it. These sit-ins are narcissistic acts.

    And yes, they are not genitalia, but they are sexual for most men. That’s our nature.

  • John

    the fact that this is now a serious discussion, and offensive to some people makes me not want to live on this planet anymore. I’ve seen people breastfeed in restaurants/tables right next to me, and I could not care less.

    You do not have the right to not be offended. If you are bothered or offended by breastfeeding, you have some serious issues. Who…the….F#$K…..cares……

    • Kathy

      Obviously you care John. Move to that other planet if you feel so very misplaced. By the way, just how many women have told you they “like you only as a friend” in your lifetime?

      • teaj

        GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHahahahaha. John lives on planet Friend-Zone

  • Concerned Mom of 5

    I don’t understand what the fuss is about. What bothers me is Facbook’s policy of tagging urination and defecation photos as porn, when in fact it is simply a natural fact of life for both men and women. Not a week go by that someone doesn’t tag one of my urination photos as “nudity” on Facebook. I’ve thought about posting a photo of a jar of urine, but that doesn’t adequately convey what life entails. I’m sorry but without exposing genitals, urination pics are just plain silly. Although I haven’t posted a video yet, I can only imagine that it would be pulled within the week.

    I have to believe that on any given day, more individual urinate than breastfeed. Is there data to the contrary. Perhaps we should organize a “pee in” at Facebook offices to protest the exclusion of what is an integral occurrence for most of us during our day.

  • Boobsaregood

    I wish I had a breast to feed on right now!

  • grandma

    There’s nothing wrong with breastfeeding but there is something wrong with the women who want to expose themselves in public. The women in my family had a sense of modesty and decorum and would go to a private area to feed their babies. I don’t understand the need some women have to display themselves in public. Call me an old fogey, but what happened to old fashioned modesty?

    • Nicole B

      I BF in public a few times (a restaurant booth, an airplane, on a bench outside at a major outlet mall), but I wore a special “apron” that hid my body and baby, still allowing the baby to get ventilation and keep eye contact with me. Not everyone wants to go into a nasty public restroom to feed their baby. I can honestly say that no one every noticed what I was doing. I would never have just whipped out my breast in public. There are modest ways to do this.

      • Leslie

        Butt Fart?

    • Melissa

      Modesty went out with Madonna, when she turned underwear into outerwear.

  • GB

    Wow…I wish my life was so simple that all I had to worry about was a social networks policy.

    I cannot believe this an issue. When you make your own website, you can make your own rules.

    Americans will cry and whine about anything but important issues. It’s pathetic.

    • i am me

      Except it’s not just “social network policy”…. it’s society as a whole… just look at the ignorant and puritanical comments here alone… society as a whole tends to shun and critizes women who are trying to do the best thing for them and their child… it’s not like they are walking around with pasties on flashing everyone that walks by. And this type of attituge is EVERYWHERE!

      • teaj

        its not like people are driving off bridges if they did. Face it this is just annoying nagging from naggy women with nothing better to do than nag.

      • Laura

        Oh please, nobody is saying to not “do the best thing” for your child- we just don’t want to share in the experience. Use common sense, use modesty- is it really that much too ask for? Get over yourselves already- this attitude is not everywhere, but apparently is does mean everything to some of your women.

    • pathetic

      Amen. They should be grateful they aren’t forced to wear a burka, or wash clothes in a polluted river, or live in a dictatorship. Spoiled rotten is an expression that comes to mind.

    • ricky

      I tend to agree. Those arguing strenously on either side of the issue strike me as people either with no real problems to deal with so they fixate on something trivial and make a big deal of it, or who don’t know how to get a handle on any genuinely important problem.

  • Briana

    I don’t have a problem with women breastfeeding in public as needed.I did it and would do it again. I would encourage any women who is a breastfeeding mom to do it wherever they needed to!

    HOWEVER, you don’t have to show the pictures on Facebook for your child to eat. There is a difference. Many of the pictures, everything is covered up but I’m seeing quite a bit of areola and/or stomach fat that I don’t think ANY of your Facebook friends want to see!

  • Bob Forsberg

    I’m told the local homeless men will inspecting breast feeding techniques this afternoon and taking pictures for sale on craigslist. Freedom of expression for homeless men on public property will be working both ways today.

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