STFU Parents: 5 Breastfeeding Etiquette Tips For Facebook In Honor Of World Breastfeeding Week
6. Gratuitous Breastfeeding Pictures
I’m sure most breastfeeding parents have pictures of their children “at the milk counter,” but pictures like this one — especially posted with the caption “455 days of Basically Exclusively Nursing” — appear to be more gratuitous than “natural” on Facebook. The act of breastfeeding is natural, of course, but posting the image is a deliberate choice. This is what all the lactivists encourage breastfeeding mothers to do, because there are benefits to showing babies nursing on social media sites. But a person like Sylvia is also bragging and saying, “Check it out, I’ve exclusively nursed my baby longer than most other mothers nurse theirs! I win!”
Let’s face it: Any baby that’s brought up healthy and loved is “winning,” and the mothers are the ones who are competing. This year during World Breastfeeding Week, I hope everyone remembers that what mothers need most is support, whether they’re breastfeeding or not.