Facebook vs. Lactivists


This week, Facebook changed their photo policy to allow breastfeeding pictures after angry lactivists protested for two years.

About 75 percent of U.S. moms breastfeed their newborns but puritans like to make breastfeeding into some shameful act.

Here’s some highlights on the boobs-hating-on-boobs controversy:

  • October 2007, Facebook began deleting photos of mothers breastfeeding and threatened Facebook account deletions. This sparked a “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” petition.
  • November 2007, YouTube bans a breast-feeding video. That’s weird cause I’ve seen lots of porn on YouTube…oh wait, maybe that’s XTube?
  • August 2008, Breastfeeding mom launches attack on H&M when they ask her to feed in the dressing room. 
  • December 27th, Members of Facebook joined together to hold a virtual and live “nurse-in” to protest Facebook’s photo policy. 11,000 supporters logged on and posted pictures of themselves or others nursing their children. Thirty members also stormed Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters to picket the policy. 
  • January 23rd, 18,000 members have joined Facebook’s “Breastfeeding is not obscene” group due to good  press and the enthusiasm of boob-owning/loving people everywhere.
  • January 24th, 2009 Facebook came out with a new photo policy allowing breastfeeding pictures that don’t show the nipple or areola. Good thing babies have giant mouths and giant-er heads!



lactivists= advocates of breast-feeding who support a woman’s right to breastfeed in public

In the Numbers:

75= percent of American women who breastfeed their children


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