Breastfeeding and censorship: My first blog scandal!

Watermarked Photo BF 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my own breastfeeding experience with Claire, and about breastfeeding support offered here in Nairobi (check it out here). I placed a link to this post on a local mums support Facebook group, and was later informed that my post had been blocked because another Facebook user had reported it for having “inappropriate” content. WHAT?!?

I remembered reading about other incidents where Facebook had removed people’s personal photos – or shut down their Facebook accounts entirely – for having breastfeeding photos posted. So I decided to do a bit of research and share some information here about breastfeeding and Facebook, which have a very colorful history of controversy….

Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?  Why yes, yes they do. Technically.

But has Facebook censored images of breastfeeding mothers (while allowing images of beheadings to remain on the site)? YUP.

And have women had their Facebook accounts suspended for posting images of themselves breastfeeding their children?  Uh huh.

So, has Facebook been completely inconsistent and hypocritical when it comes to photos of nursing mothers on their site?  Absolutely.

PS – For the record, even the Pope encourages breastfeeding in public.  So move on, people!

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3 Responses to Breastfeeding and censorship: My first blog scandal!

  1. rose mureithi says:

    this is lovely and a positive fun on breastfeeding especially the photo  on   breastfeeding in public. Cutie hats!!

    . Breastfeeding should have a  anthem because its one of the  greatest  thing that can make a difference in a child’s life.

    my  breastfeeding  911 when am  discussing with  mums on breastfeeding are the three B,s. B–Brain B–Breast B–Baby. CHEERS! Rose.

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