Breastfeeding Moms Stage Nurse-ins Outside of Facebook Offices

This week, breastfeeding moms around the world staged public nurse-ins outside of Facebook offices.

The nurse-ins were organized on Facebook and were done in protest of the social media site’s stated policies on photos of moms breastfeeding their children.

In a recent statement, Facebook maintains that most breastfeeding photos are allowed. But those showing nipples or breasts without a child actively nursing are not allowed.

Facebook says that some photos may have been wrongfully removed from the site on account of employee mistakes, resulting from users incorrectly flagging the pictures as “inappropriate.” When these “mistakes” happen, Facebook maintains that users need only re-upload their pictures to the site.

But many breastfeeding moms, moms who’ve had their photos repeatedly flagged and removed and/or had their accounts disabled, disagree.

These moms believe that it’s not innocent mistakes on the part of Facebook employees, but discrimination.

As argued by Emma Kwasnica, a mom whose account has been disabled multiple times on as a result of her breastfeeding pics:

“This is discrimination. 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.”

And the fact that Facebook says it can’t control the wrongful actions of some of its employees is evidence to Kwasnica and other protestors that “Facebook really has lost control of their network.”

What do you think of Facebook’s policies for handling pictures of moms breastfeeding their children? 

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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As a frequent Facebook user, I have had several photos of my daughter (the first in 95 years on her daddy’s side) nursing removed by Facebook employees because of “nudity” claims. When there is a photo of a child actively nursing, or having fallen asleep nursing with a nipple in their mouth – it is not a sexual photo we are trying to post. We are proudly showing that we are FEEDING our child, and “look, how cute, Lucille fell asleep while eating” this isn’t porn, is not nudity, it’s nature and natural!!

As a mother who exclusively breastfed for 18 months, I TOTALLY disagree with mother who post pictures of them breast feeding. Yes, I understand how much breast feeding takes over your life, but this is a private and intimate time that needs to be shared and kept private between mother and child. There is no reason any good mother would shap a photo while breast feeding and share it with the world…. Did you snap a photo of you delivering your child and post a picture of your vagina in the hospital? No, most likely not. Breast feeding is beautiful,… Read more »

While I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, I always find nurse-ins very juvenile.