Social networking giant Facebook has received mixed reviews from breastfeeding advocates. On the one hand, there have been numerous instances when Facebook has removed thumbnail profile pictures of breastfeeding mothers due to alleged conflicts with their policies. On the other hand, the network is being used to promote the sharing of breast milk for those unable to produce sufficient amounts.
In any case, whether we agree or not, Facebook has made clear that they won’t accept pictures involving nudity, even if it is a breastfeeding mother and child. So, if you don’t want your picture removed and your Facebook account suspended, your best bet is to refrain from posting pictures of yourself breastfeeding.
On a positive note, milk sharing organizations such at Eats on Feets have advertised their services to great effect on the social networking site. Milk sharing organizations exist to help shore up the supply of breast milk for those mothers who find themselves unable, for one reason or another, to supply enough breast milk for their babies.
Caution needs to be taken when using donated breast milk, and Eats on Feets Facebook page links to vital information regarding safe usage of donated breast milk. Safety precautions include properly heating the milk so as to kill bacteria and viruses which may otherwise be transmitted through the milk.
There are also a number of support group-type causes advertised on Facebook which allow breastfeeding mothers to network. As long as there are no pictures of actual breastfeeding (or, more specifically, of actual breasts), Facebook does not seem to have an issue with groups advocating or supporting breastfeeding.