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In defence of breastfeeding: new mother takes on Facebook

In defence of breastfeeding: new mother takes on Facebook

One mother has taken on social media after a photo of her breastfeeding her newborn was labelled inappropriate.

On Sunday, october 26, new mum Emma Bond posted a heart-warming image with her little baby girl Carene.

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You see Carene was born 12 weeks early, weighing just 2lbs 2oz.

We were told to get the priest in. She wasn’t meant to last past her third day,” Emma said.

Despite all the odds, Carene survived and Emma wanted to share the first moment her daughter was able to breastfeed.

“We were told to get the priest in. She wasn’t meant to last past her third day,” Emma said. But despite all the odds, Carene survived and Emma wanted to share the first moment her daughter was able to breastfeed.

But nothing could prepare her for the reaction to the photo. soon after posting the 24-year-old mother received a notification: “someone reported your photo for containing nudity.”

Outraged that anyone could take offence at her sharing the joys of motherhood, Emma decide to repost the image and share her story with a breastfeeding group.

Since then it has had over a million likes and emma has received hundreds of message of support form around the world.

A spokesperson for Facebook said that while the social media site has ever been against breastfeeding, it’s community standards dictated that nipples had to be covered or concealed.

The company has since modified it’s stance on the way it reviews nudity to better scrutinise the context or image with this in mind.

As a result of this, photos that show a nursing mothers’ other breast will be allowed even if it is full exposed, as will mastectomy photos showing a fully exposed other breast, ” the spokesperson said.

Emma has said she is glad that her campaign has had a “positive impact” but believes it “shouldn’t take thousands of people to make a stand for that to happen.

The offending image:

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What do you think? Have social media channels gone to far? Should such images be allowed or are such restrictions there to protect us? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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4 Comments on In defence of breastfeeding: new mother takes on Facebook


  • [email protected]
    November 1, 2014 8:31 pm

    I hail women who are strong and fight for their rights and those of their babies. How absurd that a woman nurturing and sustaining her baby should be removed from social media. It would be very interesting to know if it was a male or female who made the decision. It would also be interesting to know if the person has had or been close to someone who has given birth. These ridiculous decisions do nothing for the rights of women to breastfeed their babies maternal milk, scientifically proven to be infinitely the best food source for human babies. Just like other mammal species maternal milk is the perfect fluid containing appropriate micro-nutrients and immune properties for the baby.

  • Sky
    November 2, 2014 7:06 am

    I think its a beautiful photo of a mother giving life to her tiny newborn. People need to get over breastfeeding photos.its the most natural thing in the world.

  • Lolawicky
    December 31, 2014 2:05 pm

    This picture is too biological for my taste, and if I had to assess it as a piece of art, I wouldn’t describe it as “heart-warming”- the unfortunate baby looks like an alien, and the sight of painfully engorged bosom makes me feel ill with sympathy pain. Whilst it’s wonderful news that the baby survived, Mothers need to realise that no-one is as interested in your baby as you are, and we’re not amazed by graphic images of your biological processes. I know you’re awash with oxytocin right now, but I’m not.

  • Countrygirl14
    February 13, 2015 7:10 am

    To me it is a beautiful picture of a mother bonding with her child especially one of such a small weight. I wish I was able to show this kind of picture but to no avail…Wish the mother and baby all the best for the future & don’t worry what social media has to say about this being not correct – it is what you feel…

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