I have a bit of a history of photos being banned from my Milk Meg Facebook page. Remember back in the day when Facebook banned EVERY SINGLE PHOTO that included a breast? Even ones that happened to have a child latched onto it?! Well thankfully those days are over as they have officially changed their policy about this. So I was a bit shocked to receive this little notification when I just signed into my Facebook…
The “sexual” and/or “nude” photo in question:
So according to Facebook if you have breastmilk squirting out of your breasts then you have “sexual activity” going on or it’s *GASP!* “NUDITY”!! Run for the hills! Now look…Let’s not be idiotic here. Breasts actually are sexual sometimes and to ignore that fact is ridiculous. But SERIOUSLY Facebook?! I’m an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Part of my job is educating people on all things boobs and breastfeeding. This is an AMAZING photo by photographer Leo Carvajal which shows just how incredible our bodies are! Look at how many streams of milk are coming out of her nipple. We have anywhere from 4-20 holes in our nipples and this amount can be different between our own two nipples too!
I asked Leo what he thought of his photo being banned from my page and this is what he had to say, “I uploaded it myself to instagram and it got deleted after one day… i don’t understand why people are so afraid of looking at the human body, and I don’t understand who they are trying to protect by reporting it.” Yup, I couldn’t agree more Leo!
What is the big freakin’ deal with this?! People just cannot accept this idea that sometimes boobs are just simply about feeding a baby.
So here’s my message to you Facebook. Let’s be apart of the CHANGE in regards to breasts within our society and when they are sexual…or not. You know, it might be helpful for you to think about vaginas in this regard too. When I was pushing a baby out of my vagina, it was not sexual. When I was breastfeeding my children or expressing some milk out of them, it was was not sexual. Just because a body part is sexual sometimes does not make it sexual ALL THE TIME. In 2018 Facebook has over 2.2 BILLION active monthly uses. Facebook actually has the potential to make some real social changes here and bring some awareness to when breasts are sexual, or not. The time is now.
-The Milk Meg. Meg Nagle, IBCLC
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