Fight over breastfeeding in public: Facebook backs down after pulling mom’s photo

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DENVER -- A photo fight was shining the light on the continuing issue of breastfeeding in public. This public place, though, is on Facebook.

A Colorado mom had her breastfeeding pictures temporarily deleted from the popular social media site.

A Facebook page was created because of the site’s evolving policy on breastfeeding photos.

Jeanna Hoch's Facebook profile picture. Photo: Jeanna Hoch/Facebook

Jeanna Hoch's Facebook profile picture. Photo: Jeanna Hoch/Facebook

In 2009, you couldn’t show a photo with an exposed nipple.

That’s not the rule now.

But someone at Facebook apparently didn’t get the message.

In the photo that appeared on Facebook, Jeanna Hoch is breastfeeding her infant daughter and her breast is exposed.

Facebook removed the picture. And then later said, “Someone reported an image to us and a member of our team removed it by mistake. The photo did not violate our community standards … so we’ve restored it and there shouldn’t be any further issues.”

"I think it's really sad we live in a day and age still where mothers are under the scrutiny of thinking nurturing her baby is pornographic or anything like that," says Tammy Lantz of the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition.

She says she’s happy Facebook changed its policies. Up until two weeks ago, a fully exposed breast was not allowed in breastfeeding photos.

“Mothers deal with enough already as a new mom especially. They really don't need to be put under a dark light when they are nourishing their baby."

Public breastfeeding has long been controversial – even in the venue of social media.

The issue is divisive. Some see he woman’s breast as sexual. Others have concerns about their kids seeing it. And some just see it as a way to feed a child and have no problems with public breastfeeding at all.

The people behind the Facebook page were able to generate such a viral response that it led to Facebook explaining its policy about breastfeeding photos.

10 comments

  • Zacman Zacmantong

    It is not about that photo Its about the right you have over your own Public Profile, should be not..ever. some one telling you what to publish, because it is for society to decide if they want to see what you are exposing, not for a small comision to deside what all should be looking at and what not. why not make a facebook a pg13 it is like not trusting that we are responsable adults able to think by our own.

    • pro-breastfeeding mama

      I think she was seeking attention. There’s no reason for both breasts to be out, the baby is only feeding off one side. She WANTS controversy. Have some self respect smh

    • Boodle

      What is the difference between this picture of her feeding her baby by breast or a picture of her holding her baby and feeding it with a bottle? Sure, sure- you could say “oh, but there’s nudity”, but the thing is that a breast isn’t automatically a sexual object. If women’s breasts are automatically sexual, then so is the male breast/chest. All men should therefore have to cover their chest because their naked skin is thus inherently sexual. A picture of a baby suckling on a woman’s breast is not “dirty” or sexual, despite what some may believe. Heck, I don’t even think that there’s anything automatically wrong with a woman wanting to post a picture of herself topless. Some may see it as sexual, but then those people would probably sexualize the same woman if she were to post a picture of her wearing a regular minidress or sundress. Shucks, Anne Geddes has made pictures of naked women holding babies, so it’s not like making or showing pictures of this type would lead to adult pictures getting posted on facebook.

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman wanting to post a picture of her breastfeeding her offspring. I personally would never breastfeed in public or post a picture of myself doing this on facebook, but I’m not going to tell another woman that she couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. My personal feelings should not impede the freedoms of another person.

  • Crystal

    Would you really want a 13 year old nephew or niece ro see your mommy parts? Why would you even put that on facebook?

  • Oracle Of Delphi

    Must be a slow news day. I’m all for letting women do whatever the heck they want. If I am going to censor what my kids see, that’s my problem, not facebook’s. P.S. Cute kid.

  • BobW

    No self respect. So when a psycho shows up at her door because he was oogling the facebook pic, she says, oOOooohhhh I didn’t do anything wrong! Idiots all over.

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