I do not have a lot to add to the growing controversy about Facebook banning photos of mothers breastfeeding, while still allowing the proliferation of things like pro-ana (anorexia) sites, other than to say
Come on, Facebook, our culture accepts far more titillating images on a regular basis in newspaper tabloids availiable on the newstand, for Christ’s sake. Can you say "nipple slip" and "crotch shot?" Hell, you can probably get those in 10 seconds or less with Brittany, Paris, Lindsay or an inebriated coed, with no baby in sight.
Truly, it is time our culture got over the whole Madonna-Whore complex. Women are NOT simply one or the other. We are both mothers and sexual beings, and when a breastfeeding mom is feeding her child, she’s a mother. Sure, she got there by being a sexual being, but when she’s feeding her baby, it ain’t about you.
Get over your boob fixation. Really.
Mostly for professional reasons I did not breastfeed my son, now 7. My job was very demanding and I was on the road a lot, starting when he was just 3 months old. And he has developed just fine.
But my reasons were my own personal reasons, just as every woman’s are.
If you would not frown on someone feeding a baby a bottle, then you should not frown on a woman breastfeeding. And vice-versa. It is the same damn thing — feeding a child. And if you would frown on a mother feeding a child, what sort of person are you?
Where would you be if your mother hadn’t fed you?