NEWS: Why Are You Posting Breastfeeding Photos on Facebook, Anyway?

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NEWS: Why Are You Posting Breastfeeding Photos on Facebook, Anyway?
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 12:39am
Why Are You Posting Breastfeeding Photos on Facebook, Anyway?
Posted by April Peveteaux on February 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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I did post a picture nursing Josh, back when all the FB flack started. But just as in any public situation, I was covered with my shirt, and baby - you could not see any of my breast. That's my comfort zone.

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Registered: 02-16-2008
I've posted a picture of myself nursing, and I figure most people didn't even realize what I was doing. My thing is, it's an intimate moment sometimes, and sometimes, it's just a baby eating. I'm sure moms who bottle-feed (EBM or formula) have intimate moments with their babies, but sometimes, they're just giving a bottle. No one minds seeing those pictures.

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I'm starting to think that April Peveteaux is a formula fascist.

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She seems to think that everyone views BF'ing photos as akin to naughty bedroom photos or videos you and your spouse might take. That fact is that while indeed some people view BF'ing as something that feel should be kept private many people don't get that bothered by them or actually view them as beautiful. My friends mostly either don't care either way about them but aren't bothered should the accidentally run across them or they feel like I do that BF pictures are beautiful and should be treated just like other cute babies pictures. Moms like me don't see BF'ing photos as in anyway private or sexual and this we don't see any boundaries as being crossed by showing them publicly on the internet via Facebook. We see it as no different then a picture of baby bottle feeding and want the average person to see BF photos not different then FF'ing photos. We are not content to just accept that many people don't see BF'ing photos as appropriate for FB or anywhere on the net and just accept that. We want to change their attitude so they at least don't care about them even if they don't view them in the same way as us.

Photos of women in a skimpy outfit are not on the same level as BF'ing photos no matter how much skin in showing in the BF photos. In the former, the subject is intending to titillate the (mostly male) onlookers but showing off a lot of skin. The latter does not serve that purpose and the excess skin showing is incidental. In fact, for some the purpose of the more revealing BF photos is to hammer home the idea that nudity can be non-sexual depending on the context and that an exposed nipple/breast in the context of BF'ing is not the same as one in the context of stripping/flashing.

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I would post a cute bf photo for the same reason I'd post a photo of DD in a high chair with broccoli in her hair: they are photos of my beautiful child feeding. Anyone who reads more into it has their own issues. The whole reason many moms post these photos on places like FB is to make it more commonplace to see BFing. It's the same reason I bf in public whenever and wherever needed. I figure if more of us are seen then the more commonplace and acceptable it appears for those who would have a problem with NIP..