In defence of breastfeeding: new mother takes on Facebook

By Efrosini Costa

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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