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Is it time to stop breastfeeding when your child bites you accidentally because they are eating solid food while simultaneously breastfeeding?

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Gina Crosley-Corcoran, Mom, Gets Banned From Facebook For Posting Breastfeeding Photo

Yet another mom was suspended from Facebook for posting a breastfeeding photo. Last week, Gina Crosley-Corcoran, who blogs at TheFeministBreeder.com, uploaded a photo of her 18-month-old nursing -- but also holding a piece of bacon. Her status update:

"And now, you've seen everything: Jolene swiped bacon off my plate and tried to nurse and eat at the same time. When I got bit, I told her she had to choose. She chose bacon. :)"
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As Crosley-Corcoran says on her blog, the photo was generally well received -- 1,500 people "liked" it and 40 people shared it. But one Facebook commenter didn't find the image or caption funny and left the comment: "Those are the kids that end up growing up to be sex offenders."

Crosley-Corcoran screenshot the comment and posted it to her own blog. The commenter reported Crosley-Corcoran to Facebook. Two days later, Facebook removed the photo for being "inappropriate," and suspended Crosley-Corcoran from the site for three days. The blogger was outraged; she felt as though the photo did not violate Facebook's rules at all.

In January of this year, when mother of three Emma Kwasnica found herself suspended from Facebook for posting breastfeeding images (over 200 of them, more specifically), a Facebook rep told The Huffington Post:

"We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site. The vast majority of breastfeeding photos are compliant with our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook takes no action on such content. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us."

Kwasnica spoke with Facebook, and when she felt the issue wasn't remedied, she organized a protest at Facebook's headquarters. Over 60 moms and babies gathered in Menlo Park to convince Facebook employees that breastfeeding photos are not "obscene."

So far, Crosley-Corcoran doesn't have plans to fight Facebook offline, but she does encourage readers to take a stand on their own social networks. "Share this far and wide. Grab that picture and upload/share it to your OWN facebook [sic] page in protest... Tell facebook [sic] they're not even following their OWN rules about breastfeeding photos," she wrote on her blog.

UPDATE: Crosley-Corcoran's Facebook account has been reinstated. She told The Huffington Post that she will be "flooding" the social network with as many breastfeeding photos as possible over the course of 72 hours. Her mission, as detailed on TheFeministBreeder.com, is to normalize breastfeeding on Facebook.

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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 Just wanted to add that when my son was born, my midwife's assistant took pictures of the whole thing (actual birth not included) but I posted the pics of him at just minutes old, and in one of them, if you squinted hard enough, you could see his tiny newborn penis.  I didn't even notice it until facebook informed me they had banned the picture for "pornographic content".  WTF???

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

It's made pretty clear in their TOS that they prohibit pornographic content, and respect members rights to post breastfeeding pictures:


Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. At the same time, we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

Yet, they delete the breastfeeding pictures and ignore the pornographic ones?  

You're right that they can allow/prohibit whatever they want... but they should at least adhere to their own TOS, shouldn't they? 

(for the record, I have nothing against the bikini babes... I don't personally have a problem with those kinds of pictures on facebook.)

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

Well, they might have a double standard.

Boycott them.   You don't have a right to post bf pics if they decided they don't want them.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

Well, facebook clearly does.  They shouldn't have a double standard is my point.   Boobs are either ok, or they aren't.

Quoting justinnaimee:

*I* don't think that's appropriate either.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

Really??   All of this is okay for facebook, but that picture isn't?    We seriously need to get our priorities straight as a society.

Quoting justinnaimee:

It is a cute pic. But there are very few bikinis that show that much. Only her nipple is covered and that's by the babies hand. Its not appropriate for fb.

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

Quoting justinnaimee:

I kind of agree with fb. She isn't nursing. Her kid is just sitting by her naked boob.

But you can't even see the nipple or anything... she's not showing anything more than a bikini or major cleavage picture would show.   I think it's a very cute picture. :)



by JENN on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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Eh, I think people are taking extended breast feeding to extremes. Its very different in third world countries where its more difficult to give young children nutritious meals. Here in the US there are many a;lternatives to extended bfing. I find extended bfing to be disturbing and can be damaging to a child's psyche.

by TC on Nov. 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

 Time to not give meals and breastfeed at the same time. 

I don't care how long someone breastfeeds their child.  I did what worked for me, you (general) do what works for you.

~"Dream the dreams of others and you will be no one's rival." ~



by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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I've seen much worse pictures on facebook. Women who show too much cleavage, or take pictures in provocative sexy poses. Their pictures are never taken down and they are not suspended. Who are we kidding this is about the on going war on moms and breastfeeding. People need to stop demonizing breastfeeding. If it weren't for breastfeeding non of us would be here today.

I also don't think it is time to stop breastfeeding as soon as the baby eats. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for 2+ years. I hate women who always try to demonize nursing moms but yet they have no problem with say, Victoria Secrets advertisements plastered all over the place. There are a lot of perverts in this world nursing moms and babies are not one of them.

by Teflon Don on Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Omg. That is so my son! He loved Bacon and Boo boo LOL

by Ruby Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

What does biting have to do with this?



by Bronze Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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Facebook is a free site. You don't have to pay a penny to join.

Facebook also has a right to enforce their TOS as they see fit. Even if that means they allow pornographic pics but delete breast feeding pics

If you don't like their stance or how they selectively enforce rules then either quit or create your own social networking site.
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by Teflon Don on Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Just to add, once my ds did bite me while nursing because he had food in his mouth. He was about 18months I think? I didn't he was still eating at the time though,lol.

by Teflon Don on Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Examples please?

Quoting dustinsmom1:

Eh, I think people are taking extended breast feeding to extremes. Its very different in third world countries where its more difficult to give young children nutritious meals. Here in the US there are many a;lternatives to extended bfing. I find extended bfing to be disturbing and can be damaging to a child's psyche.

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by Emerald Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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She violated FB policy

Got suspended

Now reinstated

And now see gonna act like a jackass to prove nothing except that she's a jackass

There is no reason for anyone to post 200 pics of you breastfeeding

If you have that many pics, I would start to think you have a different agenda for breastfeeding
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