A Liverpool, U.K. mom got a photo of herself breastfeeding her son flagged on Facebook because it apparently violated the website’s rules about nudity. In response, a supportive group of mothers posted their own breastfeeding pictures.
Kaya Wright says she unexpectedly got a notification from Facebook that a photo she posted on a closed group for breastfeeding moms was flagged for nudity.
“At first I thought it was a joke. Facebook said the image had been reported for nudity but you really couldn't see anything,” Wright said of the photo posted in the Liverpool Community BAMBIS (Babies and Mums Breastfeeding Information and Support) group. “It's a breastfeeding group, so what do you expect? Some of my friends thought that maybe it had been reported by mistake.”
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When Wright shared with other group members that her photo had been flagged, the supportive moms decided that they would post their own breastfeeding photos to the group.
“Breastfeeding is amazing, everyone should try it,” Wright said. “But in this country I’ve noticed there is a different attitude to breastfeeding. Ever since Kayden was born, people have kept asking me when are you going to bottle feed. Breastfeeding is hard and it’s made ever harder by other people’s perceptions. I think breastfeeding should be taught in schools to raise more awareness.
“In the Western world breasts are sexualized, you see celebrities with their boobs out so people associate them with sex,” Wright added. “But people need to remember that first and foremost breasts are for feeding babies.”