Want to share the miracle of life and post pictures of yourself breastfeeding your new baby on Facebook? Want to rub it in that bitch Cindy from high school's face that you have an offspring and she's all alone and your nipple just happens to be in the picture too? We don't know your life!
Until now, Facebook's Community Standards never outright banned breastfeeding photos of new moms, but photos were removed after being reported for "nudity or pornography." But sometime within the past few weeks, Facebook quietly changed their policy and you are now free to post your breastfeeding pictures (sorry, Cindy).
The policy now reads:
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.
The new policy excuses Facebook, saying, "Please 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."
The change comes after continued campaigning by #FreeTheNipple, which fights the censoring of female nipples on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram while allowing men to post similar pictures.
One parenting blogger, Paala Secor, writes of Facebook's policy change, "We are proud to nourish our babies with our breasts and we will not be shamed for it. We will share our special/difficult/funny/priceless breastfeeding moments with our friends, families, and community and we will not to told [sic] to keep them to ourselves."
"Like so many other important issues, social media is going to help reach more people very quickly," Paala continues. "Everyone will soon understand that shaming women for breastfeeding, for having female bodies, for using them to feed their babies, is not okay. Or at least, that's our hope."