Facebook: Stop censoring breastfeeding pictures in your network.
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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook: Stop censoring breastfeeding pictures in your network.

    1. Jesusa Ricoy
    2. Petition by

      Jesusa Ricoy

      London, United Kingdom

Breastfeeding without social barriers is extreamely important for public health, as breastfeeding mammals we need to be exposed to a normal culture of breastfeeding.

According to Unicef:

Benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has an extraordinary range of benefits. It has profound impact on a child’s survival, health, nutrition and development. Breast milk provides all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals an infant needs for growth for the first six months, and no other liquids or food are needed. In addition, breast milk carries antibodies from the mother that help combat disease. The act of breastfeeding itself stimulates proper growth of the mouth and jaw, and secretion of hormones for digestion and satiety. Breastfeeding creates a special bond between mother and baby and the interaction between the mother and child during breastfeeding has positive repercussions for life, in terms of stimulation, behaviour, speech, sense of wellbeing and security and how the child relates to other people. Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of chronic conditions later in life, such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, childhood asthma and childhood leukaemias. Studies have shown that breastfed infants do better on intelligence and behaviour tests into adulthood than formula-fed babies.

Breastfeeding also contributes to maternal health immediately after the delivery because it helps reduce the risk of post-partum haemorrhage. In the short term, breastfeeding delays the return to fertility and in the long term, it reduces type 2 diabetes and breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Studies have also found an association between early cessation of breastfeeding and post natal depression in mothers.

Risks of artificial feeding
In many countries, the reinforcement of a "breastfeeding culture" and its vigorous defense against incursions of a “formula-feeding culture” is imperative. Many mothers neither exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of the baby’s life nor continue breastfeeding for the recommended two years or more, and instead replace breast milk with commercial breastmilk substitutes or other milks. Artificial feeding is expensive and carries risks of additional illness and death, particularly where the levels of infectious disease are high and access to safe water is poor. Formula-feeding poses many practical challenges for mothers in developing countries, including ensuring the formula is mixed with clean water, that dilution is correct, that sufficient quantities of formula can continually be acquired and that the feeding utensils, especially if bottles are used, can be adequately cleaned.

Formula is not an acceptable substitute for breastmilk because formula, at its best, only replaces most of the nutritional components of breast milk: it is just a food, whereas breast milk is a complex living nutritional fluid containing anti-bodies, enzymes, long chain fatty acids and hormones, many of which simply cannot be included in formula. Furthermore, in the first few months, it is hard for the baby’s gut to absorb anything other than breastmilk. Even one feeding of formula or other foods can cause injuries to the gut, taking weeks for the baby to recover.

The major problems are the societal and commercial pressure to stop breastfeeding, including aggressive marketing and promotion by formula producers. These pressures are too often worsened by inaccurate medical advice from health workers who lack proper skills and training in breastfeeding support. In addition, many women have to return to work soon after delivery, and they face a number of challenges and pressures which often lead them to stop exclusive breastfeeding early. Working mothers need support, including legislative measures, to enable them to continue breastfeeding.

By censoring breastfeeding pictures you are censoring health, since you freely advertise formula feeding through out your social network.
We ask you to reconsider a more responsible attitude towards public health by not considering natural pictures of mothers feeding babies as nudity or pornography under your Terms and Conditions

Stop censoring health and normality.



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    Reasons for signing

      • 11 months ago

      Breastfeeding is natural and healthy. The ONLY reason some people have a problem with it is that we continue to censor it to make it taboo. Allowing these photos would actually improve the health and well-being of many people, now and in the future, in the real word outside of Facebook.

      • about 1 year ago

      Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?

      Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.

      Photos that show a fully exposed breast where the child is not actively engaged in nursing do violate the Facebook Terms. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media.

      It's important to note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.

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      • about 1 year ago

      We need to normalize the natural and healthy practice of breastfeeding! Facebook has a host of pictures depicting breasts in a pornographic way but not for the intended purpose of breastfeeding? Backwards!

    • Marissa Clark SNOHOMISH, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Breastfeeding is not sexual. There are photos on porn sites on Facebook that show full, uncensored vaginal penetration. If those are allowed, a mother posting a picture of feeding her child the natural way she was created to do so better be allowed!

    • Nicole Mann ROUND ROCK, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a breastfeeding mother!


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