Mothers and the maternity advocacy groups are stunned over the decision of Facebook of levying ban over the display of breastfeeding images. A protest against the decision of Facebook has been witnessed in Australia.
A coordinator of the Maternity Services Consumer Council, Lynda Williams said that the move discourages the international efforts of improving breastfeeding rates all over the world. Following Facebook ban over the posts, promoting breastfeed, Australian women have gathered up to launch a protest called "Boob Out", which would take place tomorrow, outside the office of Facebook.
It has been informed that Facebook account of Lucy Allen was suspended for two days for displaying an image of breastfeeding with one of her breasts, and for posting an image of pumping out milk from her other breast.
Lucy Allen, who is only 21-years-old, said that she was not notified as to why her account was suspended. She informed that the company sent her message saying that she has breached their terms and policies.
It has been informed that Facebook doesn't allow its users to post images promoting nudity. There are as many as 389 breastfeeding images which have been banned by the company. While expressing distress over the decision by the company, Lynda Williams said, "It reduces even further the images of breastfeeding women. It has a huge impact. They [Facebook's operators] need to accept the normality, the everyday-ness of a woman breastfeeding her baby".
With the pursuit of promoting breastfeeding, a scene from an advertisement in which Piri Weepu was shown feeding a six months old daughter was recently removed. It has been informed that the short scene was a part of anti-smoking campaign. But the concept of bottle feeding a baby raised brows of Maternity Services Consumer Council. Therefore, the scene was removed from the advertisement.