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Updated: 2013-04-15T22:32:00.757-04:00

 



If breastfeeding isn't "family friendly", then not...

2008-12-31T10:54:00.000-05:00

If breastfeeding isn't "family friendly", then nothing is.



Colleen, that photo is gorgeous and very modest.I ...

2008-06-25T13:18:00.000-04:00

Colleen, that photo is gorgeous and very modest.

I was unable to continue Breastfeeding after I temporarily went back to work, (The pump wouldn't work right, and I dried up.. not through lack of trying) so my daughter went to the bottle at around 6 months of age... But if I have another child I plan to BF that one as well, and take MANY photos. -my single photo is so prudish facebook hasn't touched it...

I design t-shirts now, as a means of trying to earn an income now that I'm a stay-at-home mom... and one thing I do is Lactivism designs. (I need to get more out) I will definitely be buying many of my own items to let them do the talking for me, because MY baby isn't going to eat in a bathroom OR under a blanket in this Texas heat.

If any of you'd like to contact me to make suggestions of what I should add to my available designs, use my username I'm posting under, at gmail dot com.

http://www.cafepress.com/catscratches/1981524



A couple of months ago my 2 very modest breast fee...

2008-06-25T12:55:00.000-04:00

A couple of months ago my 2 very modest breast feeding pictures were taken down from Facebook. I received an e-mail from them stating it was considered obscene material. I was warned not to reupload the photos or my account would be shut down. I was furious but had no outlet, so I just dealt with it. Today I come home to an e-mail from betterphoto.com, where I have been an active for several years. They too have removed the photos. The reason they give: "the photos are not family friendly". I am so frustrated and angry! I don't understand how people can view breastfeeding as obscene.... I need a larger outlet to voice this issue and I just don't know where or what that is. All I know is that I am sick and tired of being told to put "them" away. I wonder why I wasted all this time, effort and painstaking frustration to be able to breast feed. I could have taken the easy way out but I worked my butt off to be able to breast feed. Myjourney started with weekly appts with a lactation consultant, drinking teas and other concoctions and taking medication to increase my milk. Not to mention the hours of painful pumping in order to boost my milk supply. All this and what for? To be constantly made to feel like it's shameful and dirty...To be looked at with disdain and horror when I discretely feed my child in hidden away corners and bathrooms? Would these people want to eat THEIR meal in a bathroom? What do we need to do to get back to basics. You know, the days when formula was suplemented to help out in desperate situation where NOTHING worked/breastfeeding was imposible and children were going to starve without it? Too many people have taken the easy/lazy way out over the years and those of us still trying to do what doctors say is best, are suffering.

I AM SO SICK OF IT!!!!!

The problem I have is that I have this huge opinion and a loud voice, but no clue what to do with it.

here is my photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84726766@N00/2611088906/

Is it really that horrible?

Thanks for reading!

Coleen
coleen_m_patrick@yahoo.ca



Oh shoot...1) they don't seem to let you find a pr...

2008-01-05T01:08:00.000-05:00

Oh shoot...
1) they don't seem to let you find a profile by usernames there.. I see nowhere to use mine... so I'm at:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029659632

2) my one photo shows even less than I remembered it showing..
Not sure I can help the cause any. :(

Maybe I have another photo not loaded into my pc I've forgotten about.. I'll have to look.

-Has there been any improvements on their definition of 'vulgar or obscene'?



OK.I know I'm late...Just heard of the Facebook th...

2008-01-05T00:44:00.000-05:00

OK.
I know I'm late...
Just heard of the Facebook thing, after looking up the more recent Ruby Tuesdays incident...
But..
I'm off to join Facebook!!
The only BF photo I have (my hubby is a prude) is in the hospital.
AND covered by a towel.
(thrown there by hubby as my mother snapped the photo)
Think they'll ban me?
We'll see.
If available, I'll be daedreem.



I had all my breastfeeding pictures removed from f...

2007-09-24T15:04:00.000-04:00

I had all my breastfeeding pictures removed from facebook, along with an email warning for each picture. I was upset, posted in the facebook group against this action, but did not post any more breastfeeding photos. I went on a retreat for three weeks, came back, and my account had been banned for obscene and pornographic content. *eye roll*



I joined today. Wish I had some breastfeeding pics...

2007-09-19T00:49:00.000-04:00

I joined today. Wish I had some breastfeeding pics to throw up on my account though.



Oh, and those lil kim pictures almost made me puke...

2007-09-18T21:07:00.000-04:00

Oh, and those lil kim pictures almost made me puke....



Awesome post! Facebook does SUCK and I refuse to u...

2007-09-18T21:06:00.000-04:00

Awesome post! Facebook does SUCK and I refuse to use that or MySpace. I just cannot bring myself to do so.

What is everyone else's problem? It's just breastfeeding....



Fabulous post! Thank you for including the pics o...

2007-09-18T10:11:00.000-04:00

Fabulous post! Thank you for including the pics of Lil' Kim. It proves your point so well.



What a bunch of idiots!I have had 2 failed attempt...

2007-09-12T22:30:00.000-04:00

What a bunch of idiots!

I have had 2 failed attempts at breastfeeding... so traumatic I am not even sure I have it in me to try it this next time.... but I don't think any woman should be ashamed to feed their child. Someone sitting there breastfeeding is no different than someone sitting there feeding a baby a bottle in my opinion.



Saying that formula is the "next best thing" to br...

2007-09-12T21:47:00.000-04:00

Saying that formula is the "next best thing" to breastmilk is like saying that strawberry jello is the next best thing to real strawberries. The difference is several orders of magnitude. It's not the difference between Coke and Pepsi.



Well THAT is JUST SAD!! I'm not a member of facebo...

2007-09-12T05:30:00.000-04:00

Well THAT is JUST SAD!! I'm not a member of facebook, and now I'm glad not to be!



Breastmilk isn't "best;" breastmilk is normal. Wh...

2007-09-12T01:10:00.000-04:00

Breastmilk isn't "best;" breastmilk is normal. When we say it's best or "optimal" we make it seem unattainable. Do you plan every meal to be the best, or do you just go for good/pretty good/average?

Breastfeeding is normal. Formula feeding is inferior.



Nurse - Agreed, breastmilk is best, but when you h...

2007-09-11T20:29:00.000-04:00

Nurse - Agreed, breastmilk is best, but when you have none, formula is the next best thing to breastmilk. With my first, I pumped as much as I could until I dried up.

Breastmilk banks are scarce, and many charge upwards of $7 an ounce or more - the cost makes it prohibitive for most of us, and many insurance companies won't cover it.

I completely agree with you that US maternity leave policies are absurd and far too short. We also have little insurance or government support for breastfeeding support resources, like lactation consultants, so it's no wonder so many women quit so early.



Nurse - but aren't those first three things breast...

2007-09-11T19:21:00.000-04:00

Nurse - but aren't those first three things breastmilk? So wouldn't formula be the next best thing?
I nursed my now 4-month-old twins for 5 weeks, then quit because I just couldn't deal with it...I wish I had had more support to keep going longer. But, I went through an ENORMOUS amount of guilt because I switched to formula - and I think that's sad. Now I realize the most important thing is to do the best I can for the girls.



Formula is not the next best thing to breastmilk. ...

2007-09-11T18:59:00.000-04:00

Formula is not the next best thing to breastmilk. The WHO (World Health Organization) rates infant feeding:
1. Mother's own milk, from the breast.
2. Mother's own milk, from a bottle or cup.
3. Another mother's milk from a bottle or cup.
4. Artificial baby milk(infant formula).

That said, it's commercial infant formula, not rat poison. For those parents who use infant formula (because the US maternity leave and employment practices are so "family friendly"), mix it properly, hold your baby during feeding times, and don't encourage a baby to finish a bottle.
I'm so glad that Mira is such a confident nurser.
There was a similar controversy on LiveJournal a while back.



Great post. I'm joining!

2007-09-11T18:02:00.000-04:00

Great post. I'm joining!



I've been hearing a lot of stories about this. You...

2007-09-11T15:18:00.000-04:00

I've been hearing a lot of stories about this. You would think its simple logic but like they say, not all common people have common sense. It is very true what you stated though, that breasts are first thought of in regards to sex, and thats where the problem starts. Good post!



This is utterly (udderly? heh) ridiculous.

2007-09-11T15:15:00.000-04:00

This is utterly (udderly? heh) ridiculous.



I joined awhile back also. I nursed 4 kids until t...

2007-09-11T13:51:00.000-04:00

I joined awhile back also. I nursed 4 kids until the age of one and I was fortunate enough to not have any bad experiences. I used a blanket to cover with the first but rarely did with the others. I could discreetly nurse without one just as I saw you do at BlogHer. You'd have to be looking to actually see anything and why are people looking so intently in the first place? I left a much longer comment about this on the bliss-breastfeeding link you posted.



So joining that group right now!This should be a n...

2007-09-11T10:53:00.000-04:00

So joining that group right now!

This should be a non-issue. I really don't know what all the fuss is about. I WILL NOT lock myself up in my house for a year just because of someone else's stupid opinion.



Amen sister! I joined that group a while ago afte...

2007-09-11T10:44:00.000-04:00

Amen sister! I joined that group a while ago after I noticed it on your page. Thank you for pointing it out to me and to everyone else.



Great post! I fed both my children for a lot longe...

2007-09-11T10:32:00.000-04:00

Great post! I fed both my children for a lot longer than intended, 10 and 12 months, and am so glad that I did. Luckily, the only negative feedback was from my husband's dad (whenever they visited I had to hide during feeding time... not ideal, but I dealt with it). I support the Facebook group, but I don't think I'll be joining as long as they have that type of rule... totally ridiculous. Too many companies out there are giving mixed messages regarding breastfeeding mothers... hopefully, someday we can all just get along! ...AND just wanted to note many other cultures STILL nurse on demand and wear their babies while they work. There's a great book called 'Ourselves as Mothers' by Sheila Kitzinger.



I joined Facebook about 15 mins before coming acro...

2007-09-11T07:50:00.000-04:00

I joined Facebook about 15 mins before coming across your blog. Now I'll join the 'Hey Facebook...' group you mentioned. Its ridiculous!