A Sacramento mom was outraged when she realized Facebook pulled several images of women nursing their children from the breastfeeding support group page she manages with a friend.
Kristy Kemp was also blocked from the Breastfeeding Mama Talk page for 24 hours, even though Facebook policy says nursing images are allowed on the social media site.
“I was shocked!” she told Fox40. “I’m trying to do good for mothers and I’m getting kicked off for posting pictures of the most beautiful act a mother can do her for kid. It’s not right.”
Facebook and nursings moms have been at odds ever since the social networking first took down breastfeeding images in 2008. At the time, Facebook said it pulled the images because it was concerned about photos of breasts being featured on a site with a minimum age of 13, according to ZDNet. But after thousands of women complained and flooded the site with breastfeeding images, leading to a media firestorm, Facebook decided to allow nursing images and developed a formal policy, which has evolved over the years. The current policy says that breastfeeding images are allowed although those images where a breast is fully exposed and the child isn’t actively nursing are not.
Kemp first ran into trouble with Facebook when one of her pages 4,300 fans posted a close-up image of a nursing baby and it was removed. She was also blocked from the page for 24 hours.
After a day, Kemp returned to the site and noticed an image of a women nursing her 5-year-old. Facebook quickly removed the image and again Kemp was banned from her site. This time she couldn’t get back in for three days, she told Fox 40.
Kemp initially created the Mama Talk page because she was ridiculed when she nursed her son Zander, now age 3, in public, and she wanted to provide a supportive space for moms.
Kemp was once ordered to nurse in a bathroom stall by someone who was offended by public breastfeeding.
“I don’t expect people to eat their lunch in the bathroom,” she told Fox 40. “I would never tell someone to eat their lunch in the bathroom, so I don’t know why I was told to feed my baby in the bathroom. People are trying to sexualize breastfeeding and it’s not sexual at all.”
Kemp reached out to Facebook to ask why they removed her photos but she never heard back. Fox 40 also contacted the social media site and heard back from a spokesperson who said that “the removal was an error and the company apologizes.”