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Facebook Removes Emma Bond's Breastfeeding Photo

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A woman’s photo of her breastfeeding has been taken down by Facebook for violating their obscenity rules. Emma Bond, 24, was told by a representative from the social network that the ‘offensive’ photo had been reported by someone. The representative also informed Bond that the site decided to ban the photo “because it didn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards regarding nudity.”

Bond gave birth to her daughter Carene on October 3. Carene was delivered by an emergency cesarean section 12 weeks before her due date and weighed just 2 lbs, 2 oz.

"We were told to get the priest in- she wasn't meant to last past her third day. Premature babies are prone to bleeds on the brain and she had a bleed on her lungs also,” Bond told the Daily Mail.

Remarkably, Carene has survived those initial predictions.

“She was born with an infection, she had a lot going on. We don’t know the outcome of the brain damage. But she is able to move and open her eyes and look around and feed, which we were told would be unexpected,” Bond said. “Everyone was aware it was touch and go, so I was sharing a special moment with people to show how far she had come.” 

After the photo was removed, Bond took action and uploaded the photo to a pro-breastfeeding group. The group rallied behind Bond and the image received 166,000 likes and 22,000 shares. However, many people found their link to the photo had also been deleted. 

Since then, Facebook has revised its policy. In a message to Bond, a representative said, “Facebook [has] modified the way it reviews reports of nudity to better examine the context of the photo or image. 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 photo on Facebook depicts the first time Bond was able to breast feed her daughter.

“It was a magical moment and to have it removed the same day for breaching nudity policies was really rubbing salt in the wounds,” Bond said. “The picture represents more than just me feeding my newborn baby. Carene is very poorly and we fought hard to get to this point.”

Sources: Daily Mail

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