by Heidi Scrimgeour
on 27 January, 2015 at 1:52 pm
It just about boggles my mind to think that anyone really has such a problem with the sight of a breastfeeding mother in this day and age, that they actually see fit to give her grief over her effort to keep her offspring alive. Seriously, what gives?
And yet Facebook is at it again with its over-zealous removal of breastfeeding pictures. Mother of two Kaya Wright this week had a picture of herself breastfeeding her son removed from a Facebook group about - oh, the irony - breastfeeding. This follows news, as the Daily Mirror reports, that a bunch of mums have been told they cannot breastfeed their babies at an upcoming conference. About breastfeeding. Give me strength.
And this is hardly breaking news, but I read that Princess Michael of Kent recently described breastfeeding as dreadful practice.
The Independent newspaper reports:
Princess Michael of Kent has helpfully waded into the debate to add that she finds the “dreadful practice” less than appealing – as does her nanny, apparently.
“I didn't breastfeed,” the royal mother-of-two is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying. “My nanny said it was disgusting.”
Clarifying her remarks via a statement from her publicist, Princess Michael has since added the far less inflammatory following: “It's not something I would do in public but everyone has a free choice.”
As Cathy Bussey wrote in a piece for the Telegraph last year, comments like this do little to help breastfeeding women overcome the sense of shame that seems to accompany milk supply for many mothers. She writes:
"I do not think this sense of shame is exclusive to me. I have heard women explain that they have chosen to breastfeed ‘because I’m not organised enough to sterilise bottles,’ or label their choice ‘purely financial – formula is so expensive!’ A friend confessed she almost felt she had to hide her decision to breastfeed from her work colleagues because the ‘earth mother’ image was so at odds with her collected, controlled, professional self. Or how about the passionate ‘attachment-focused’ mummy blogger who published photographs of herself tandem feeding her four-year-old and 18-month-old and confessed she disliked the snaps at first because they looked ‘immodest’."
All of which is to say that I was quietly cheered to see that a bunch of breastfeeding mums - also members of the group that Kaya Wright's picture was removed from - have decided to strike back by posting breastfeeding selfies all over Facebook. Nice work, Mamas!
What do you think? Should breastfeeding pics be allowed on Facebook? Why?
Image credit: Flickr.com/chrisalban