The Breastfeeding Photo Battle Rages On

Earth Mama Angel Baby is no longer in Facebook Time Out! So help us out. We want to post a breastfeeding photo, but we don’t want to jeopardize our Facebook page. Which photo (below) would pass Facebook’s unclear rules? Which photo do YOU think we should post?

If you’ve just tuned in, here’s a brief history of Earth Mama Angel Baby’s battle with Facebook.

First, on April 20 Facebook deleted one of Earth Mama Angel Baby’s breastfeeding photos and left the other one. We were trying to figure out why.
Mama sent a message to Facebook and got an autobot response. Then she wrote a personal missive about all the hubbub over a baby’s lunch!

Then, on April 21 Facebook took down the other breastfeeding photo, and gave us a seven-day restriction on posting photos.

Mama sent a message to Facebook and got an autobot response.

Many mama-centric companies rallied around, many people have had this problem with Facebook. No one has had a satisfactory response. Apparently anyone can flag a photo as “obscene” and then Facebook makes a ruling to let it stay or take it down. Many people think breastfeeding photos are obscene. Maybe people think photos of strippers, sexting teens or the Victoria’s Secret page are obscene. We think the issue is simply that the rules need to be clear.

We don’t believe breastfeeding is obscene. We believe breastfeeding photos help to normalize and demystify a baby getting nourished in the most natural, healthful way possible, But we follow the rules, and it’s Facebook’s game. If we know what the rules are, and it’s clear that everyone must follow them, we will follow them. But if someone if making a judgment call about latched babies, and not taking down photos of equally exposed breasts on other sites, something is wrong.

In any case, we’re now out of Facebook Time Out and now we’re wondering what to do. We’d like to post some photos of women breastfeeding (since it’s ¼ of our business), but we don’t want to jeopardize our Facebook page. So, which photo do YOU think we should post?

 

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