Hey Moms, I Don’t Want To See Your Exposed Nipples On Facebook

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breastfeeding facebookFacebook guidelines on what’s acceptable to show in a photo – and what should be removed – have been leaked by disgruntled former employee. Not surprisingly, things like urine, vomit and semen are banned, though “deep wounds,” “excessive blood”  and “crushed heads” are allowed (uh, okay). The rules are pretty random – for example, ear wax is forbidden – but there’s one banned item that has some moms in a tizzy: female nipples.

That’s right, nipples are a no-no. Which means that breastfeeding moms cannot post photos of themselves in action – at least not if there’s an exposed nipple in the mix. This is upsetting many women, but you know what? They need to get over it.

For starters, Facebook is a business that makes its own rules. You can choose to have a Facebook account or you can choose not to. If their rules offend you, then don’t use Facebook. It’s that simple.

Of course, the bigger issue is that an exposed breast within the context of breastfeeding is not sexual nor offensive, and so why should it be banned? Girls Gone Wild-types proudly flaunting their bare boobs is one thing; nursing a baby is a whole thing altogether. I get that, I really do. But Facebook can’t be bothered to distinguish between the two – and that’s okay. Because, really, I don’t want to see my friends’ exposed nipples on Facebook anyway. If you choose to breastfeed your child, power to you. But I don’t need to see you doing so.

Personally, I breastfed both my children, often in public. It worked for me, and I enjoyed it. But the last thing I’d ever do is post a photo of my newborn drinking milk from my engorged breasts. Uh, no thanks. You don’t want to see that, and I don’t want to show you. Likewise, I don’t feel the need to see your newborn baby suckling on your breast. Show me the bathtub shots, sure. Sleeping ones are cute, too. But don’t show me your breasts – I’m just not interested.

That said, many people find photos of moms nursing their babies to be beautiful. And, again, power to them. But if you really want to share that moment with your friends, shoot them an email.

(Photo: George Doyle)