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Are you a member of Facebook? So was Kelli Roman. I read about her at the Motherlode Blog. Her Facebook profile picture was a photo of her breastfeeding her baby. One day, the photo disappeared. Apparently someone had complained to Facebook that it was obscene.

Other moms have received warnings from Facebook that they would be banned from the site if their breastfeeding photos, which had been deleted, were put back. So Kelli Roman started a group called Hey, Facebook, Breastfeeding is Not Obscene, and there are now over 60,000 members. Interestingly, the photo of Kelli breastfeeding is on the group's homepage (so you can judge for yourself whether or not it's obscene).

On December 27, 2008 there will be a virtual "nurse in" to protest Facebook's policy of banning members with breastfeeding photos. The group is asking everyone—men, women, non-breastfeeders, non-moms—to change their profile picture to an image of a nursing mom (it can even be a nursing animal) and to change their status to "Hey, Facebook, Breastfeeding is Not Obscene!"

A lot of moms here at CafeMom are talking about the controversy. There's a thread "Breastfeeding moms fighting Facebook" in the Breastfeeding Moms group started by Enjoli, and a journal post "Virtual 'nurse in' on Facebook" by KnoxvilleDoula. Some of the comments point out that many breastfeeding photos show no breast at all, whereas there are photos of scantily women all over Facebook in which you can see far more skin (among other things).

What do you think? Should Facebook ban photos of women breastfeeding?

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