Facebook's New Breastfeeding Photo Policy Leaves Us Totally Confused

mom breastfeeding babyBreastfeeding moms, listen up! While we thought that the social media site came out in favor of breastfeeding photos last year, they've just released their latest statement on nursing moms on social media, and it's just a bit... confusing.


Facebook's full announcement reads:

We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.

We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.

We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures. Restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. Explicit images of sexual intercourse are prohibited. Descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail may also be removed.

It's snuck in there right between genitals and artwork, but their line on breastfeeding is just a tad unclear. They "restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple." Ok, understood. But the clincher is here: "We always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding."

So wait, "always"? There's just one little problem there.

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When babies breastfeed, they rarely do so from both breasts at the same time. So if baby is nursing on one and the nipple is shown on the other, which camp does it fall in? Is that photo then restricted or allowed because the mother is "actively engaged in breastfeeding"? And what if baby is nursing, but the nipple on that breast is slightly exposed? Does that mean moms are protected under the "always?"

As great as it is that the company is taking a stance on nursing photos and opening their guidelines to include and welcome breastfeeding mothers, there are still some clarifications needed.

It's not all exactly clear-cut.

How do you interpret Facebook's breastfeeding photo policy?



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