Woman’s Breastfeeding Support Photos Removed by Facebook, User Blocked
Think for a second about the most scandalous thing you’ve seen on Facebook. Where would it rank against a picture of a mother breastfeeding her child?
One Sacramento woman says Facebook censors took down her pictures.
Kristy Kemp loves cuddling her now three-year-old son Zander, she has from his very first moments.
That’s why she can’t believe her efforts to help other moms and babies bond have been under attack.
She was locked out of the Facebook support group page she runs about breastfeeding.
“I was outraged. I was shocked,” said Kemp.
One close up of an older child suckling was posted on Kemp’s page by one of her 4,300 fans from all across the country.
It was removed for violating Facebook polices.
When her 24-hour lock-out was up, Kemp went back to work on her page, featuring an image of a woman breastfeeding her five-year-old daughter and her infant.
Again, Facebook locked her out, this time for three days.
“It’s not right. 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,” said Kemp.
The cause hits close to home for Kemp.
She only has one picture of herself breastfeeding her own son because she says she was ridiculed everywhere she tried to feed him.
Once she was directed into a bathroom stall to conceal the feeding.
“I don’t expect people to eat their lunch in the bathroom. 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,” she said.
Facebook’s own site says it aspires to respect the kind of pictures that are on Kemp’s page.
But, for days, she hasn’t been able to get an answer from the company about why her content was removed.
FOX40 got one in about two and a half hours.
Representatives responded, saying the removal was an error and the company apologizes.
Kemp has regained access to her page ‘Breastfeeding/Mamma Talk,’ and is very happy to be back supporting other moms.
She says posting the pictures is a critical part of that support, every ‘like’ boosts confidence and ends shame.