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.

Comments (258)
  1. Hal Jordan says:

    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.”

    1. summernot says:

      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.

      1. Melissa says:

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

      2. Me says:

        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…

      3. More of the Same'ol says:

        @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.

      4. summernot says:

        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.

      5. More of the Same'ol says:

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

      6. Hal Jordan says:

        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.

      7. jasperddbgghost says:

        Keep your ugly ol’ titty where it belongs.

      8. LLinLa says:

        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 . . .

      9. AJ Gum says:

        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.

      10. summernot says:

        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.

      11. More of the Same'ol says:

        @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.

      12. Nancy says:

        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!

      13. Harut Mekjian says:

        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.

      14. Ryan says:

        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!

      15. Bryan says:

        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.

      16. Navybuckeye says:

        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.

      17. FNTM says:

        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.

      18. the watcher says:

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

      19. Sheila says:

        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?

      20. Huuf Arted says:

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

    2. ricky says:

      Also known as a knocker locker or hooter hider

    3. The watcher says:

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

  2. Melissa says:

    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.

    1. Terry says:

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

      1. biffula says:

        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.

      2. v says:

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

      3. Andrew P. says:

        @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….

      4. corpus says:

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

      5. ruckus says:

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

      6. You Kidding Me? says:

        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?

    2. summernot says:

      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.

      1. Granny says:

        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!

      2. Naomi Loveall says:

        @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.

    3. Kat says:

      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?

      1. Ruckus says:

        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.

      2. Sheila says:

        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?

      3. Bill Krausmann says:


        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.

    4. Inferiority complexes says:

      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.

      1. Agatha Higginbottom says:

        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.

      2. Margie says:

        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.

    5. Johnny LaJolla says:

      Great comment!

  3. Eric says:

    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?

    1. put a blanket over your own head says:

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

      1. jasperddbgghost says:

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

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

      2. what she said says:

        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$$.

      3. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

        I don’t know…

        But I’d give it a shot.

  4. donpopione says:

    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##.

    1. Mike says:

      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.

      1. donpopione says:

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

      2. Andrew P. says:

        @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.

      3. Kat says:


        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.

      4. James says:


        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.

      5. Sheila says:

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

  5. glenp says:

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

  6. Mike Hunt says:

    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….

    1. jen says:

      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.

    2. Kathy says:

      militant mouthbreathers is more like it

    3. Larry K says:

      Stop making sense your on te internet

    4. Ruckus says:

      I agree

  7. Marbran says:

    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?

    1. biffula says:


    2. summernot says:

      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.

  8. Geoff says:

    Too many people with too much time on their hands.

  9. Melvin says:

    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.

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

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

    2. LeiLani says:

      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!!

      1. Laura says:

        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.

    3. vi says:

      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..

    4. Margie says:

      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!

  10. Lindsey says:

    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.

    1. NotFair says:

      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.

      1. Jay says:

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

    2. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

      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.

    3. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

      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….

      1. Margie says:

        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”?

  11. biffula says:

    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!!!!!!

  12. Danielle says:

    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.

    1. melvin says:

      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.

      1. Ruckus says:

        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.

  13. Tom says:

    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.

    1. hellogolly says:

      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.

      1. A. says:

        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..

      2. summernot says:


        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.

    2. LeiLani says:

      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.

  14. Clarity2011 says:

    Why are boobs considered obscene anyway?

  15. Blaine says:

    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.

    1. TL says:

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

  16. BigMilky says:

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

  17. Cliff says:

    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.

    1. summernot says:

      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.

  18. Eric says:

    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.

  19. John says:

    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……

    1. Kathy says:

      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?

      1. teaj says:

        GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHahahahaha. John lives on planet Friend-Zone

  20. Concerned Mom of 5 says:

    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.

  21. Boobsaregood says:

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

  22. grandma says:

    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?

    1. Melissa says:

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

    2. Nicole B says:

      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.

      1. Leslie says:

        Butt Fart?

  23. GB says:

    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.

    1. pathetic says:

      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.

    2. i am me says:

      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!

      1. Laura says:

        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.

      2. teaj says:

        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.

    3. ricky says:

      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.

  24. Briana says:

    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!

  25. Bob Forsberg says:

    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.

  26. Scott says:


  27. the truth says:

    Why is it the UGLY MOMS always breastfeed in public?

    1. numnum says:

      The same reason the ugly ones burned their bra’s . They want attention and can’t get it any other way.

  28. Laughing says:

    Is this the new occupy movement?

  29. Dump in says:

    Im outraged. Facebook banned the great picture of a big dump I took after eating all this great food super bowl sunday. It was beautiful and a natural body function and nothing to be ashamed of. Part of everyday life. Shame on you Facebook we are having a DUMP IN at the Detroit Facebook offices ( seemed like a natural spot). Please eat a hearty meal and join in and let loose!!!! Breatfeeding moms invited to come and breastfeed and dump!!!!!

  30. Rusty Shackelford says:

    Most people don’t have a problem with public breastfeeding as long as it’s discreet. Nobody is telling these women not to breastfeed. Resonable people understand that babies need to eat frequently and that means that if you breastfeed, you’re going to be doing it in a public place unless you never leave your house.
    But that’s not what this “nurse in” is about. No, these ladies are essentially protesting over the right to post pictures of boob on the internet. Don’t tell me there isn’t a little bit of attention who**ng/narcissism at play here.
    There are those of us out there (both with and without children) who are sick of being beaten over the head with “parenting culture”. Our society has devolved into a kindergarchy with the parents as the servants to their children and the oppressors of everybody else (hyperbolic? Maybe. But think of all the things you see small kids getting away with, usually to the annoyance of others, that would have gotten you a butt whipping at that age from your parents). The self entitlement that is put on display by many parents these days is amazing. Btw I’m a dad so you can leave out the “you obviously don’t have kids” comment that is usually the first words out of the mouths of these types of parents.
    Lastly, facebook as stated that they receive thousands upon thousands of complaints regarding possible inappropriate pictures. Therefore, from time to time they are going to make some mistakes. Never mind that you generally don’t pay to use facebook. And if you have time/desire to protest over something like this, you really need to take a look in the mirror and figure out what’s really important in your life.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Rusty… The reason you will see an in your face outpouring and time invested in this is due to the extreme other end – women have been pushed into bathrooms, in order to get the extremes out of the way, the pendelum has to swing. So you see a sit in like this and in your face mothers because it is time that breastfeeding became something in the norm again, that way, you don’t hear “disgusting” OR see in your face either.

  31. Nicole B says:

    Who is the world photographs themselves breastfeeding, but beyond that, who would POST the photo? I have it on home video ONE TIME. It’s a great thing to BF your child–I did it for 16 months. In PRIVATE!!!

  32. Chippy55 says:

    They’re nothing but Liberals and then they’ll complain when the local perv is staring at them, or pulling a Pee Wee Herman. Libs don’t have any common sense.

  33. ECH says:

    I suppose one could also put a birthing scene on facebook where the woman is buck naked and spread eagle, which is also a precious moment, a very natural moment, in motherhood. Dah! People do not think much beyond their narrow margin of experience. Bottomline. Do it in private and do not presume that your personal preferecnes about motherhood are in much agreement with others.

  34. Rob says:

    These women do this from time to time, knowing full well that they’re essentially bulletproof in the court of public opinion. No cop wants to be the one to be perceived as anti-mommy, anti-baby, whatever. No store manager wants to attract that kind of attention to himself or his business, so they just let these lactating mares do whatever the hell they want. Stop acting as though you’re the only woman in the world who’s squeezed out a baby. You’re not special.

  35. Voice of Raisins says:

    I clicked the link to the Facebook Group and saw *a lot* of breastfeeding photos and read the comments.

    1) 90% of the photos posted are by fat women (infer what psychology you will)

    2) They insist repeatedly that breasts “sole” function is for breastfeeding and that “society” invented the notion that breasts are sexual. This is completely false; if this were the case all humans would have breasts from birth or at least the females would. However, the breasts grow at puberty as a sign that the female is ready for MATING… aka sexuality. They are designed to attract.

    3) Not sure if these women want to take all femininity and grace from womanhood because they are feminist marxists or because they didn’t have any left to begin with but whatever the reason, that is obviously the goal.

    1. summernot says:

      1. Generally women who just had babies aren’t skinny. Even I took nine months to return to my size zero, 100 llb body post-baby.

      2. I haven’t encountered this. And I’ve attended a fair amount of La Leche League meetings. You don’t get more lactivist than a LLL meeting.

      3. Mapping lots of your own inferences onto things much? I’m as anticommunist as they come, and I breastfed in public. My goal was to feed my baby when he was hungry.

      1. Sergei says:

        In America, woman are balloons.

    2. Kathy says:

      They’re just so very amazed with themselves for doing something that has been done since the beginning that they just can’t quite get over themselves. Pathetic

      1. summernot says:


        With what I had to overcome to successfully breastfeed my son, yes, I am pretty proud. In the end, I was able to feed my baby and donate milk to other babies, and that was a big accomplishment for me.

        Considering that only a small fraction of moms in the US are still nursing after 6 months, yes, it is a major accomplishment to breastfeed.

        Considering the attitudes about breastfeeding that women encounter — that people would actually suggest that nursing moms stay home instead of nurse their babies while out (which some have posted here) — that it is disgusting to look at, indecent and equivalent to defecation, yes, perhaps women should be amazed with themselves that they can overcome these attitudes and do what is the best for their children.

        Nursing my son has been the most challenging thing I have done in my life, hands-down.

        I’m not the type of person to post pictures for the sake of posting or to participate in a nurse-in, but yes, I’ll nurse in public when I need to. And I have no problem with others posting or nursing in, if that’s their prerogative.

  36. Fang Ferguson says:

    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
    – George Bernard Shaw


  37. David Rodden says:

    It’s what Mom’s do…Been doing it for a long time…What could be More natural???Get over it people and move on to the next thing that offends you…Everything that offends you…I can counter…

    1. Kathy says:

      Taking a dump is also about as natural as it gets, do that in private also please.

  38. Teddy Novak says:

    Boobies! Can’t post ’em on Facebook? Email them to me.

  39. Denver R says:

    Nurse ins are stupid. You breast feeding nazies are stupid. Get a life. Asking for modesty is not any attack on you, women, or child rearing. Seriously, find a better hobby for your apparent ridiculous time on yoru hands. Maybe spend some more time actually raising that child rather than stupid meaningless and selfish misguided protests.

  40. copano says:

    tits are for kids. grow up America!

  41. blinkin357 says:

    For me, breast feeding in public is NOT acceptable. There is no reason why it must be in public except to be on exhibit. The statement “They’re not trying to be sexually explicit” is irrelevant. They are sexually explicit no matter what they think.

  42. Sammiches says:

    Why aren’t these women in the kitchen preparing sammiches?

  43. Pkpost says:

    With all the problems going on in this country, and all of the causes to find worthy of staging a sit-in, this is what you come up with? Show some freaking dignity, for Pete’s sake. You truly have over-inflated opinions of your yourselves.

  44. Wang Newton says:

    Manh, why is it always the ugly chicks that want to flop out their boobs in some form of protest?
    I wish Christina Hendricks would protest like this, maybe I’d give two sh…I mean give a darn….

  45. Kathy says:

    Do it in private ladies. Otherwise it’s just showboating-look at me, look at me, look at what a wonderful mommy I am. It’s quite simple to breast feed privately.

    1. Kat says:

      You eat privately. Get over your puritanical insanity.

  46. I am me says:

    So much ignorance… As far as the “argument” of “you don’t see me peeing in public”… well of course not, that is a health hazard, whereas breastfeeding a child is not. So of course you have to do that in private (hopefully in a toilet like a civilized human being) away from the general population. That isn’t even a good comparison… neither are the other hyperbolic arguments that MEN (and some women) make.

    As far as the breast being sexual… get over your puritanical selves… it’s not sexual unless YOU deem it so… but that doesn’t mean it is… so put down the girl mags and use your brain for once… seeing as breastfeeding has been done by ALL mammals since the dawn of time. I’m sorry if breastfeeding offends you (actually no I’m not, but whatever)… but I would rather have a content and fed child than a screaming one any day. I bet that more often than not you don’t even notice it.

    1. Kathy says:

      And I’m so very sorry if I offend you but…..whatever little valley girl.

    2. dbeall says:

      Get over yourself and breastfeed in private. I don’t consider what other mammals are or are not doing to justify what I do or do not do. I am a human and have a more highly developed brain than other mammals, which means that I can make choices according to what is appropriate. So can you.

  47. Jay says:

    I think you’re all nuts. I never think anything of breastfeeding mothers. When I notice a mother breastfeeding, i feel nothing and it affects me in no way at all. I just move on with my day. Who is offended by public breastfeeding and why?

    1. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

      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….

  48. Robs says:

    Breast feeding is natural and clean. Those against it have personal issues they need to deal with. Women should take on this whole sexist issue of nudity next. If men can go topless, so can women.

  49. JustAGuy says:

    If leftist women insist on breastfeeding in public, at least announce it in advance so large groups of 10-24 year old males can show up and cheer you on.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      Oops, that’s 18-24 year old males.

    2. Jay says:

      Leftist? When did we get political? Oh wait, it’s a comment thread, I forgot it’s political by default. Down with….(who is the current president? Obama? Ok thanks)…..Obama!

      1. JustAGuy says:

        Do you actually think conservative women will be out in public whipping it out so little junior can have a meal in the midst of strangers?

        Conservative women would likely conclude breastfeeding is a private moment of bonding between mother and child and conduct herself accordingly.

  50. WestMob says:

    Only in Austin.

  51. Forest says:

    If you insist on my seeing your boobs in public then I insist on being able to fondle your boobs in public.

    1. Jay says:

      Again, the conservative men in this discussion amaze me. I never thought men had such strong opinions about breastfeeding. Like I said before, you sound like whining little girls.

      1. Forest says:

        And the conclusion that I am ‘conservative’ amazes me. I just like boobs. I shouldn’t be forced to look at something I cannot enjoy!

        Now go f*ck yourself before you assume something else incorrectly.

      2. JustAGuy says:

        It;’s obvious you’re quite motivate to go about scoffing at posts you disagree with.

        But it is clear that conservative men exercise you. Are you gay?

      3. Gay Jay says:

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

        Ummm… 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….

    2. Jay says:

      You’re either conservative or have no self control. Either way, you still sound like a whining little giiiiiirl

      1. JustAGuy says:

        After reading the post you were criticizing, I have a question. Why would a little girl want to fondle breasts?

        Jay, you appear to be a confused person with an attitude.

      2. Jay and still gay says:

        Jay the flaming 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….

    3. Jay says:


    4. Jay says:

      Yes… ggggggiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

      1. JustAGuy says:

        Jay, Now you’re behaving like an immature person with an attitude.

        Oh well, good luck with that!

    5. Jay says:


      1. Jay wants to be a giiirrrl says:

        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….

        Good luck with your sex change, Mary.

  52. AnneP says:

    Somebody’s got waaay too much time on their hands.

  53. dbeall says:

    Got to love the lacto-nazis.

  54. Larry Croft says:

    I support Facebook on this issue. There are enough jerks using Facebook who will abuse the concept of good-faith.

  55. Marlinda says:

    Any idiot knows that in western society, a woman’s boobs have a dual role: feeding babies, and you know what else. Trying to say that the “you know what else” function does not exist is just stupid. Because boobs have a dual role, it is crass and ridiculous to haul them out in public. Cover yourself and your child totally. Otherwise you are just being an exhibitionist. Period. There are a lot of women in this culture who have axes to grind, and unfortunately they grind them on the rest of us.

    1. Koffeegirl says:

      You are taking feeding a baby naturally and making it into something sexual, which is sick. If you are looking at a women’s breasts while they are nursing as anything more that a way to feed their baby you have a problem and obviously you have never nursed a baby. Most normal people aren’t going to say, “oh look that lady is showing her boob while shes feeding her child I want some!”

  56. Debra says:

    I think people just look for things to complain about,… breastfeeding is fine, but that doesn’t mean you have to plaster it all over the internet…we have so much other stuff going on in the world right now, and all these ladies can do is complain because they can’t but their breastfeeding on FB. They should be complaining about how FB is taking your privacy away from you period!

  57. JasonTx says:

    More scat pics too, it’s natural after all!

  58. gnubi says:

    When Obama spoke at Georgetown, he had the crucifix draped in cloth so as not to offend ‘someone’ who might happen to see it. Christians can’t pray in public at special events so that ‘someone’ isn’t offended by hearing it. Why can’t nursing women cover up or retire to a private place to tend to their infants so that ‘someone’ may not be offended? Christians can do it and so can you.

    1. Kat says:

      Are you just speaking for a reaction or are you really as stupid as you sound?

  59. gnubi says:

    Does not mean that women nursing in public cannot be Christian.

  60. Letti says:

    EWWWWW T.Y. CBS for a link to Emma Kwasnika’s FB w its pics of a gross ugly porker w a baby on its tit. YUCK!!!!!

  61. Peru says:

    Far too many people with far too much time on their hands. Ladies, surely you have better things to do.

  62. Jennifer Cook says:

    Great job moms!

  63. Christian Halas says:

    I spent the better part of my teen years learning how to get girls to show me their boobs and here all I had to do was tell them they weren’t allowed to show me their boobs (in public) and they go hog wild whipping those puppies out. Work smart, not hard, young Christian

  64. BoobMan says:

    Hope you brought enough for everyone.
    Where’s my tit?

  65. Allison Liberal 123 says:

    Pictures of the protest, I was there and I am proud of it. Breastfeeding is not a crime!

  66. Kiki says:

    The point isn’t that breast feeding is good or bad or in public is right or wrong. Why put such personal images and information on a public site? Why do you need to make a point? You choose to breast feed…fine…why do other people have to be involved? Seems like these mothers are in dire need of attention…it’s very Kardashianesque…sad

  67. Flayer says:


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

    February 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm ”

    Melissa, darling. I’ll quit nursing my babies in public if you quit eating in public. Have you EVER seen yourself eat? Ugh.

    1. Melissa says:

      I’m not eating from someone else’s boob. Again, nursing is a worthy choice. DO IT IN PRIVATE.

      1. Sheila says:

        I’ll quit nursing in public if you quit posting.

        You really have a hang up about this, it’s kind of comical.

        Grow up.

  68. Mongbat says:

    The least worthwhile among us have plenty of time to show us the way….

  69. wehaveyestoo says:

    Eating in public is repulsive- I don’t care who is doing it. That is why they invented restaurants. Private booths, dark lights, etc diminish the unpleasantness somewhat. Breast feeding is inherently more disgusting, though. The smell, crust, dirt etc. require that it be done in private. Young mothers drunk on maternal instinct will disagree wildly with this and well, they can’t help it- they are mesmerized by lactation hormones. That is why their families must bring them or shame them to their sense-if it can be avoided, do so. Although it is next to impossible, have some consideration for everyone else who will fall into the ‘visual venus fly trap’ of having to see the grotesque bloated food bags.

    1. NUNUmom says:

      You are sick!!! You must have been bottle fed 😦

  70. Ian says:

    C’mon, FREE THOSE PUPPIES!!! Let them PUPPIES RUN FREE!!! Who cares about modesty anymore, it’s an archaic tradition whose time has run out. Just start walking down the street with your shirt wide open, nobody cares anymore, especially if you are FAT. The race to third world status is on, and going strong.

  71. Jan says:

    I can’t believe people make such a big deal about breast feeding. It should be allowed anywhere and whenever the baby is hungry. I was recently at an outdoor market in Belize looking at some produce and the family was sitting under a tent. The young women whipped it out in full view and picked up her baby to feed. No body paid any attention to her. I looked then turned away because I didn’t want to stare and thought that is the way it should be all over the world. By the way I’m a 60 year old male and love to see a female body but that did nothing for me and I only of it as natural.

  72. scott says:

    it is a bad policy to label breastfeeding photos as obscene. However, why would anyone want to post pictures of themselves breastfeeding on Facebook. Better yet, why would someone post so many of these pictures that their account is “repeatedly suspended”. I don’t think Facebook is the one with the real problem here.

  73. Tim says:

    Peeing is natural and I do that a lot during the day. Doesn’t mean it is apprpriate for photos on facebook.

  74. John says:

    Wiping my butt is “natural” mind if i start pulling it out in public to get the spots i missed? Thought so, nobody wants to see it cover it up or keep it private.

  75. David Henderson says:

    Why do we coddle these criminals? Execute them and be done with it.

  76. Andrea Solanis says:

    This is Bush’s fault!

  77. Jay Bedingfield says:

    Seriously, think about it for a second. Why do mammals have nipples? Even the classification mammal clearly points milk-feeding as a fundamental aspect of our being. If you don’t “get it” you were probably bottle-fed chemicals yourself as a baby.

    I wonder what a psychologist would say about an individual or culture who’s unable to resolve the difference between biology; the natural human body and sexual imagery? In my experience this does seem to be a particularly American problem….

  78. Bing says:

    Just a bunch of cheap, celebrity wannabes abusing an innocent baby to get the attention they can’t get on their own merits.

  79. Ruckus says:

    YOu can urinate, , break wind and breastfeed your baby. They are all necessary normal things. Just do it in provate please.

  80. Rick says:

    I have no issues with women breastfeeding in public or anyplace else. My only issue with these Nurse-Ins is why do these women feel the need to force people to watch them do it? Facebook isn’t saying they can’t have photos of breastfeeding on their pages. They are simply saying please ensure they are tasteful and don’t show a bare breast or nipple as they consider that pornography. My money says many of these nurse-in moms would be some of the same ones to complain when Janet Jackson showed her breast on TV saying children shouldn’t be exposed to that. The same thing goes for being a responsible mother breastfeeding her child. Please ensure that no bare breasts or nipples are exposed for older children to see. How hard is that to understand??

  81. Willow says:

    I ask a simple question: for those who think it ok to post private family photos on the Internet, if hackers ever broke into the site and made everything public, would you want every man, even those with lewd minds, to view your photos? Facebook is not hacker-proof. None of these sites are.

    If your boss was male, would you want him seeing your breast-feeding photos before you come to work the next morning?

    None of these sites are completely secure. Think about that before you post any information online. Most people have apparently forgotten about the possibility of hackers exposing their photos.

    I never post on Facebook anything I wouldn’t want my mother, or my boss, to see.

  82. Lisa says:

    I am all for breast feeding. If a woman whips out her boob and starts feeding her baby in front of me, I have absolutely no problem with it. The kids gotta eat, by all means feed him. What I don’t understand is why they would want to post a photo of it on a public forum. Seems they’re just seeking attention.

  83. Seriously? says:

    If you don’t like your free facebook site blocking pictures of your baby breastfeeding off you, then take your photos to another site. But don’t go stage a fake breast feeding photo-op at some private office where you whip your boob out just to make a lame point. Its a free account that you choose to use! Stupid people think facebook is something more serious than just another website.

  84. stopthe says:

    If you don’t like Facebook’s rules… don’t use Facebook?

    Parenthetically: why would you want to use facebook anyway? It’s maybe the lamest, inane use of technology yet. I frankly can’t stand it. It’s far, far more offensive to me than… breast-feeding. I mean, do you really need to have shallow social contact 24/7 with hundreds of people you barely know?

  85. Emilee says:

    How utterly ridiculous. Facebook is a FREE service. These people act like it’s a government entitlement that is owed to them. If FaceBook doesn’t want to allow certain types of pictures on THEIR servers, why should they have to?

    If they allow pornography they invite a whole other type of trouble for themselves. It’s not like they can sit there individually viewing ever stupid picture a person posts. So if some innocent pictures accidentally get flagged and removed, so what? They don’t OWE people the use of their photo sharing/services.

  86. Northlander says:

    I had two kids and I never pulled out a boob in public. This is disgusting.

  87. LeRoy says:

    Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. Seeing a breast where the nipple is covered by an infant’s mouth is obscene, but having women constantly in public showing as much breast (they call it cleavage) is OK? I’ve seen women in public who are all but falling out of their clothes, but I don’t hear Facebook chastising them. I don’t get it. Well, actually I do get it. It’s called hypocritical.)

  88. Northlander says:

    Anyone who wants every bodily function displayed on the internet is downright uncivilized.

  89. Gayle says:

    I agree with Facebook and I breastfed both of my children. There is absolutely NO reason you cannot breast feed, cover up, not show and be tasteful unless you do not want to.

  90. Em Spearing says:

    I’ve sniffed the air. It smells like patchouli and Birkenstock sandals, with a hint of Rive very Gauche, to me. There once was a lady named Jill, who thought dynamite was a thrill. They found her ….

  91. Gary-bg says:

    It’s called a breast pump …be prepared if your going out or are you just lazy. Maybe your just an exhibitionist

  92. J Y says:

    My friends and I are by most standards very modest. But we have nursed in public discreetly w/o the use of a cover-up (once things start going smoothly). It’s easy to turn your back, use a purse, stroller, friend’s sitting position, the right sort of shirt to make this possible. It seems silly to need to expose yourself on camera to show yourself nursing in public places. I don’t know what all the pictures are like, but just banning the ones showing nudity seems like the provider’s prerogative. If they ban a more modest picture, then that seems like they’re sexualizing something beautiful and natural and modest.

  93. Delta says:

    I have no problem with breastfeeding. Name a guy who doesn’t mind seeing a naked breast!

    1. Banderman says:

      A patently sexist remark. We are not amused.

  94. Kate says:

    What has happened to modesty? it seems that women want to flash parts of their bodies all the time. While nursing is natural and wonderful, I did it myself, I tried to be careful where and how i did it because it does make some people uncomfortable. This nurse in is just plain stupid and the women are kind of being show offs as far as i’m concerned.

  95. Clare says:

    I’m a woman. I’m totally supportive of other women when they decide to breastfeed their children rather than bottle-feed them.


    1. Elizabeth says:

      Than don’t watch.

      1. TL says:

        I think she means she doesnt want to see someones personal parts and they are personal….. not meant for every one to see.

  96. Scott Gogo says:

    Come on ladies… if you’re going to make a fool of yourself, find something worthy of it at least to protest. You’re not being forced to not feed your babies… you’re not being restricted from taking pictures of your babies… you are just having to comply with Facebook’s policies which YOU AGREED TO when you signed up for the service. But… I guess you just have to have something to raise hell about be it a legitimate issue or not.

    1. Scott Gogo says:

      Oh.. wait… Epiphany… Occupy Austin was dismantled this past weekend… not it all makes sense… they just moved to Facebook to protest not being able to post pictures of themselves that NO ON ELSE IN THE WORLD cares to see.

  97. nysparkie says:

    Can I watch?

  98. Steve says:

    Just cover up. We all shower & use the bathroom every day. We don’t post pictures of it. If we did it would aptly be considered obscene

  99. Super says:

    Masturbation is natural, Don’t really want to see that on Facebook either.

  100. Banderman says:

    Women are an odd group. With all the issues in the world that effect everyone, the only issues on which they focus is all about them, one way or another. If men did the same, women would viciously attack them for selfishness. Breast feeding in public? That’s it? This is the ‘big issue’? Why do women spend so much time and energy for the ‘right’ to do something that is not all that important. If baby was hungry, what did women do before ‘breastfeeding in public’ was such a ‘big deal’? Do us all a solid; find a cure for cancer, help the helpless, plant a garden, something. Anything that does not focus on one specific gender, ad nauseam. If we’re not worrying endlessly about women’s ‘rights’, abortion, breastfeeding in public, weight loss, ‘what women want’, it’s just too much. There ARE others on the planet. Women’s rights end where my rights begin. Women’s rights do not have the right to infringe or subtract from my rights. Breastfeeding on Facebook? Next thing we know women will be complaining about perverts stalking them due to the pictures they post. Cake and eating it too, we’ve heard it a thousand times.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      What an amazingly ignorant post.

      It’s wild you think this issue is just about breastfeeding daughters. I mean, clearly men aren’t impacted at all either when it comes to their children being breastfed. That you think this is just a woman’s rights issue is laughable. That you include false dilemmas is illogical. That you tie this to violence against women and them blame them, despicable.

      Get a better education.


    2. TL says:

      Don’t put all women in the same box.

  101. Gizele Cruz says:

    I’m not a hippie, and I breastfeed my son in public because is not always possible to find a private place. However, I DO respect people around who could be offended (although I don’t agree with them), so I do the best I can to not show anything. There are PLENTY of options. I understand that it’s hot in Texas, I live there, but there are tank tops and brass specially designed for nursing so you don’t have cover your baby with a blanket that they will pull. You put on the nursing bra or tank top, another light shirt on top and THAT’S IT!! You pull your shirt up and nurse your baby not showing ANYTHING. We should NEVER push anybody into our believes, either against or pro public breastfeeding.

  102. Marina says:

    I nursed… in public… with out any blankets or covers… and I do think its hot, not temperature hot as others have mentioned, but as in “wow I can look really good while nursing a baby.” I’m not sure if people were staring when I nursed as I was not really looking for their reaction, but I do know that in the 18 months I nursed in public no body ever said anything negative or made me uncomfortable. If I in turn made anyone uneasy I would have to shrug it off… Its my legal right to nurse in PUBLIC. No one cares if you are uncomfortable with black people sitting in the front of the bus, and no one cares if you don’t like nursing in public. Its a right of the mother and the baby so the public will have to get over it or just learn to hide their disappointment.

  103. Ernie says:

    There’s room for modesty in public when nursing. Women have done it for years. There’s also a breast pump so you can have a bottle of breast milk for your baby in public. Keep the ta-tas under wraps when you’re out ladies. No one want to see them anyway!

  104. ron says:

    How many of these whiners voted for Obama? Facebook is in bed with the Obama administration. Facebook works with websites to ban posters who question Obama.

  105. seriously? says:

    hey, pooping is completely natural too. that does not mean i want to watch. this absurd notion that somehow because it’s “natural” women should be allowed to breast feed anywhere they want is just plain crazy. do we treat sex this way? no. baring breasts? no. but somehow, having a baby makes it all different?

    get a grip guys.

    you’re a mom. that’s wonderful. i hope you enjoy it and it goes well. but this does not make you queen. deal.

  106. Jay says:

    Why is this country so hung up on a female breast and nudity in general? What’s the problem? If you don’t want to see a breast, then don’t look at it. If a woman wants to breast feed in public I say have at it. It isn’t going to bother me at all and it never has in the past.

  107. christine says:

    Women who feel the need to post pictures of themselves nursing their babies have serious exhibition issues. Yes, nursing is natural. So is sex and defecating. I don’t need to see pictures of stuff people should be doing in the privacy of their homes.

  108. Robin says:

    I support this nurse-in, and if I could nurse (my children are now 21 and 19–I am 56!), I would attend this protest. I nursed my son until he was 2.5, throughout my pregnancy with my daughter, and even during the early stages of labor. My labor with my daughter was fast–she was born in 45 minutes, and I attribute that to the nursing. I nursed my daughter until she was 3. Yes–I even tandem nursed! My children and I are still close today, yet they are independent–both are in college and have good values. I am so thankful I nursed them. Mother’s milk is clearly God’s intent. I recommend nursing to every new mother.

    1. You Kidding Me? says:

      Robin, you are a fool. I’m sure that you would nurse everyone’s kid if you had enough boobs, but that has nothing to do with this debate. Look, nursing is fine, but just dont post pics of it on FB. Is that too much to ask? Do we really have to be educated on how natural and God-like nursing is?

  109. Sheila says:

    Breastfeeding is deemed obscene?

    What’s obscene is walking into a supermarket and seeing a woman on a magazine cover with half silicone grapefruits shoved into her breast cavity.
    Nursing a child with what nature intended your breasts to do is the antithesis of obscene.

    Only in the US can people get their panties in a twist over this but be ok with the hyper sexualization and plastic surgery preformed on the breasts.

    Grow up.

  110. ramicio says:

    These hags need to learn that not everyone wants to see their tits. Why can’t they just cover up? No one would have a problem with it, but they just seem to want to whip out their private parts, just like every immodest liberal yuppie. Cover up in public. It may be natural, but it’s also something that’s supposed to be private. By the way, mothers are supposed to stay at home, not have careers. Their job and DUTY is raising that child and providing it a home. Maybe if this world wasn’t obsessed with owning every new fangled gadget and designer piece of clothing, and simply provided the child with food, water, shelter, and clothing, they wouldn’t need both parents to work. Every one of those babies are going to grow up to be dysfunctional child-adults because they had no home and family life. Their families will likely be too busy to ever sit down and have dinner, at a table, without TV.

  111. BarrysHypocrisy says:

    Militant breastfeeders……gotta love ’em.

    I’ll bet they all have hairy armpits also.

  112. John says:

    The point isn’t even worth arguing. Go make a new website where you idiots can share pictures of each other breastfeeding.

  113. wonderwoman says:

    I wonder if you get beads thrown at you if you breast feed at Mardi Gras…now that’s worth a news article!!

  114. Frank M says:

    Urination is no more or less a “natural process” than breast-feeding a baby.

    Apparently that means it’s perfectly acceptable to expose my genitals in public places as long as I’m only using them to engage in the “natural process” of peeing.

    And if you have a problem with that then you must be some kind of sexist bigot. Shame on you.

    1. Steven says:


  115. Steven says:

    Nobody wants to look at that. Facebook removes pictures that are reported to them. Keep it to yourself.

  116. Matt says:

    This debate is suck a joke. As someone mentioned earlier, Facebook is private and you signed up for it. Comply or leave! Facebook will do just fine without breast feeding mommies. This whole thing comes down to being a stupid liberal. Moms try to make themselves feel important by taking up issues like this! Get over yourself, this issue DOES NOT matter!!! We have bigger problems in this world then stupid mothers on a pointless quest to defeat big business.

  117. George says:

    I’ve always supported a mom’s right to breast feed in public. Babies don’t work on convenient schedules after all. However, Facebook is not public property, it’s private. If FB up and decided tomorrow that it didn’t want pictures of people with facial hair – well I’d just have to close my account I guess, but it would still be their right. You aren’t paying for FB, your tax money is not going to FB so your rights stop where their rights begin and that is the right to determine what is allowed and what is not allowed on their own private property.

  118. rjm2238 says:

    You keep telling me my comment is a duplicate. Well it would be if you had printed it in the first place. My question is rather straight forward, “Where the heII is my comment?” I will await your response with baited breath and zero confidence.

  119. rjm2238 says:

    I will resort to a little trickery here and embed my original comment here, ‘Suppose somebody came along and took a cr@p right in front of you? Perfectly natural act isn’t it? That will be next. Take your agenda and shove it somewhere, but not down my throat.’ Now I can see if it makes it in or if you are censoring my thoughts on this issue. Its your site and you are certainly free to do so but please id you do, Fess up to it. I am curious to see how this goes. Let’s see.

  120. rjm2238 says:

    Very interesting indeed.

  121. Trevor C says:

    Some women want the right to flash their tits around in public, but these same women would scream dirty pervert if some man even glanced at them. Talk about double standards.

  122. jd says:

    They believe they are being discriminated against when the policy is applied to all evenly. What they want is special treatment.

  123. Mary-Agnes Taylor says:

    people , when a mother is breastfeeding she is giving her child ( life ) !!!!!! ,

  124. Anne says:

    I noted that the woman who was having the initial difficulties was a midwife who probably uses her FB acct as a business forum for her practice where many of the new and repeat mothers might share nuturing pictures of them with their babies. Given some of the difficulties many mothers have in our society trying to achieve a good nursing relationship with their babies because of anxiety or lack of good role models, this kind of jubilant sharing is not unexpected. We are in an age where most people were not breastfed, much to the detriment health-wise, to our population and sadly to our expectations. Much of the very coarse, vulgar talk by people in the comments show how little respect is given to women’s bodies, the miracle of their function and ignorance of this gift- breastfeeding. That it is given to every woman to breastfeed her child does not make it common but fantastically loving that she has been provided a way to care for her child even when disaster strikes or when unclean water is the norm. If more people were afforded the nurturing relationship with their mothers fostered by breastfeeding as well as the chemical interactions which forge motherly bonds, there would be many fewer problems with our society. People being uncomfortable with nursing in public are some of those who do not understand the process and interaction.
    I am a modest person, have nursed 7 children in public and while it was more comfortable for me to keep my child from getting distracted by using a blanket at times, I think there is still the ability to be certainly more modest while breastfeeding than the majority of scantily dressed young women I see in departments stores who are essentially crying out for lustful attention.

    There is a real reason to get attention to tout the benefits of breastfeeding and to make it an acceptable and preferable way to feed our children. We should be militant so people will understand how corporate America has brainwashed us to think that powder is as good. One has to be careful not to step on the feelings of the women who have been deceived because they will never be able to get that window of time back with or for their child. Compromised immune systems, increased allergies, lack of proper enzymes…….and so much more are all part of powdered formula. Breast milk is custom manufactured for the weight, age, growth spurt and immunity of the child nursing- and then we have formula from China!

    All of that said – and there are so many more benefits to mother, child,family and society- the only real issue here is the issue of nudity and obscenity. When Facebook makes sure that they are being equal in their “censoring” and requires men and women to keep their chests covered in equal degrees then they would be correct in removing breastfeeding pictures as a matter of policy. To label pictures of breastfeeding obscene is not in the interest of our society’s good.

  125. Hope says:

    I’m sitting here in Roanoke, VA reading your posts, Houston, and, OMG, frankly, I’m absolutely shocked.

    Apparently, Houston must be home to our nation’s largest group of emotionally stunted, nasty, rude, potty mouthed misogynists.

    I’d say, “Most of you should be ashamed of yourselves,” but, I suspect you wouldn’t know what to be ashamed about.

    Sad. Really, really, sad.

  126. Rose says:

    For anyone who has an ounce of intelligence with regards to breastfeeding, please come show your support!:

  127. Ebitari JuliusCleopas Cleopasebicleo says:

    People usually concern them selves with things that should not border them. Is God complaining? If the children being fed prefers that their mothers should hide to feed them, then it means mother are wrong feeding them the way they do, but if not they are right. The very innocence of children makes them reflect God’s thinking concerning their attitude. No wonder Jesus said let them come to Him for their is the Kingdom of God. What has God said about those complaining? He said they are like white washed supulca, beautiful outside to behold but full of dead men’s bornes inside. Our dear and beloved mothers do what God created you to do. That is to show love, because God is love. Don’t allow the children hungry public or private because of what mankind says. Remain blessed.

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