Woman’s Breastfeeding Support Photos Removed by Facebook, User Blocked

SACRAMENTO-

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.

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3 comments

  • Diana Moore

    Any child over a yr.old has no busy being breast feed. It’s just as bad when a child is still wearing diapers at three yrs.old, unless there is some kind of medical problem with the child. Some women take breast feeding to the extreme, those photos where right to be removed. There is enough child poronogy going on these days.

  • Susan Ralph

    You are ignorant. Medical science has demonstrated that breastmilk continues to benefit toddlers and that extended breastfeeding is beneficial to a child’s health. I am a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in a medical clinic. Breastfed children are protected from illness and if they do become ill will often continue to take breastmilk when they refuse all other food. A breastfeeding toddler with a gastrointestinal infection has no need for Pedialite for fear of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Your ignorance is further demonstrated by your associating breastfeeding with sex. Breastfeeding is a public health issue and not a sexual issue. Are you afraid the child will be sexually stimulated by breastfeeding? Are you sexually stimulated by observing a breastfeeding child? Unfortunately there are perverts in all societies. However, In most of the world breastfeeding has no sexual connotations what so ever. The medical community pressures mothers to breastfeed. Mothers who cannot breastfeed grieve that they are unable to provide that benefit to their children. If we are to promote universal breastfeeding for public health purposes our culture must stop confusing the lactating breast with sexuality. Women have the right to a life. You cannot ask a woman with a career and active life to spend the entire breastfeeding period banished to hide and unable to participate in the normal course of society and commerce. This is a women’s rights issue as well as a health issue. There are many cultural practices through the ages that have been changed when scientific evidence has removed our ignorance and changed the way the public viewed a practice. We no longer burn women who offer herbal health remedies for being witches. It is time to discontinue our co-dependency with the ignorant and enabling their ignorant assumptions to the detriment of women and children. If there is a problem with breastfeeding infants or toddlers in public or people being offended by seeing a lactating breast, ownership of problems resides with the offended party. If you are offended you have a problem, not the breastfeeding mother. We invite you into the new millennium where science has exposed the cultural superstition that sexualizes the lactating breast as passe as burning midwives as witches. Open your eyes and your mind to the reality that breastfeeding in public is as beneficial as hand washing to prevent infections. The world is no longer flat. It is round and it has lactating breasts in public.

  • Minnie

    Whatever the age…. I think it is up to the parents and child to decide when to quit. For me it was a year. However it is NOBODY ELSES BUSINESS and NOT RIGHT for anybody else to try to bully a mom to quit breastfeeding. Leave them ALONE!!!!!