Local woman challenges Facebook over breastfeeding support page

Local woman challenges Facebook over breastfeeding support page

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by BILL McGINTY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 27 at 12:26 PM

CROUSE, NC -- Heather Stultz wants to redefine what’s considered offensive, at least what is considered offensive by Facebook anyway.

Facebook told Stultz a photo of a baby breast feeding on her breast feeding support page called “Respect the Breast”, is offensive and violates Facebook’s policy on “pornography”.

“It blew me away, I can’t believe that someone would think that something so natural and so nurturing and caring could turn it into something so dark and nasty, it’s not like that,” Stultz said.

Facebook’s policy says it prohibits content that is “hateful, threatening, defamatory, or pornographic”  or "contains nudity."

Stultz’s page has 1,462 members and contains dozens and dozens of photos of women breastfeeding their babies.

Stultz wonders if these photos are any worse or any more offensive than photo’s we found on pornstar Jenna Jameson’s Facebook page.

“It’s OK to look at this? But it’s not OK to see a mother breast feeding her baby," Stultz said “And, we found over 100 pages with either pornographic or suggestive stuff on them and they are still up and running that have millions of fans.”

Supporters of breast feeding wrote in to say it hurts them when people see breast feeding as “vulgar”.

Women siding with Stultz have started a Facebook petition to let the photos stay. So far more than 1,600 members have signed on to protect images they say are natural, not nasty.

“Back before there was formula, that was how you fed your children, you didn’t put it in the microwave and shake it. It’s raw on tap and is the perfect temperature, it’s liquid gold,” Stultz said.

It’s Stultz’s fight to feed and post and in the process gain respect. 


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