iVillage's stand on images of babies being breastfeed

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
iVillage's stand on images of babies being breastfeed
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 3:03pm

With all the trouble lately with breastfeeding photos being removed and people being banned on Facebook and Google - I was wondering where iVillage stood on images of babies being breastfeed?

I was reminded because I was just looking at an article on a baby breastfeeding and holding an Oreo cookie, but wondered if posting it here maybe it would cause a problem?

So I asked... I will report back with the answer!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005

Here is a photo that I think is appropriate, that maybe you could use as an example.

 

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

So the reply was: We typically don't remove breastfeeding photos, particularly if they are on the appropriate board.

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So good to know!

I am pretty sure the breastfeeding picture I linked to in my first post would get removed on Facebook, there is quite a bit of skin exposure.

The funny thing is, that is an ad for Oreos called "Basic Instinct" made for the South Korean market.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

What a beautiful picture - thanks so much for sharing!

I can't imagine anyone having a problem with your picture in regards to breastfeeding - I included a link in my original post of a image that I thought just might!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005
Catherine, that is a good example of how American the concern over seeing breastfeeding is. Most of the rest of the world thinks we are really weird to be concerned about what they think is sweet and beautiful. The first of my adopted kids I nursed full-time was born while we were in Germany. The locals wouldn't have cared if I exposed my whole breast. When I was first learning how to nurse discreetly in public, it was very nice to know that, if I didn't manage to get everything covered, no one would be offended. We traveled a great deal while he was a baby and I nursed him on trains, various kinds of boats, buses, and even horse-drawn wagon.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Hi, Catherine. Nothing has changed in our approach to breastfeeding photos. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail at pboards@mail.ivillage.com.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Thanks - I was just curious, I had never heard anything about what iVIllage's policy was, and when I looked at that picture I linked to in my original post, I wondered if it was something that would cause a problem.

I thought it would make a good topic, knowing that iVillage is open-minded and accepting is a good thing for everyone to know!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

I was thinking more about this last night - and wondered if the fact that iVillage is open-minded and accepting of breastfeeding photos and Facebook is not - could be because iVIllage is run mostly by women, many who have breastfeed their own babies - while Facebook is run mostly by young men, many college age, or

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

LOL - I was right - according to this article FB has been deleting that photo I linked to here.
http://jodinesworld.blogspot.ca/2012/01/fb-harasses-women-for-breastfeeding.html

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
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I do think the fact the parenting section of IV is for and about parents and parenting of which BF'ing plays a big role does effect the stance with regard to BF pictures. Facebook is indeed run by mostly men, The head man being Mark Zuckerburg who does not yet have kids so probably little if any exposure to BF'ing. Facebook is not specifically for parents per se while IV's parenting section is. Thus you would expect their to be more tolerance among parents and IV's policy makers of BF pictures just as you expect an advice forum on sexual issues to be more open in terms of language and such in order so that the forum members can properly discuss sex-related issues.

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