Great news: Facebook is no longer offended by breastfeeding.

Happy news: Facebook has finally accepted that breastfeeding isn’t offensive.

If you’ve ever given birth to a small human, or if you have friends who have — or heck, if you yourself were a non-bottle-fed baby– this news will make you happy.

After years of censoring breastfeeding photos from Facebook, the social media platform seems to have finally accepted what you and I and most people with bosoms know to be true:

That breastfeeding is not offensive.

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The ABC reports that Facebook has finally responded to public campaigns regarding the display of women breastfeeding and further clarified that policy.

“We always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring,” Facebook said in its newly updated “community standards” policies.

“We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content – particularly because of their cultural background or age,” it said.

The “offensive” breastfeeding shot of a 12-week-premature baby breastfeeding.

The news has restored our faith in common sense. A faith that was challenged when, say, new mum Emma Bond’s breastfeeding photo — which documented the miraculous moment her 12-week premature baby finally breastfed — was deleted off Facebook.

“It was the first time she had breastfed so there was a reason for me posting that particular picture,” UK mum Ms Bond told Daily Mail at the time.

Read more: Facebook deemed this photo offensive. The rest of the world said it is beautiful.

“It was a magical moment and to have it removed the same day for breaching nudity policies was really rubbing salts in the wounds,” she said.

The image of breastfeeding mothers that was reported on Facebook. Image via Jade Beall’s Facebook page.

Photographer Jade Beall’s photo depicting postpartum mothers breastfeeding their babies was also deleted from Facebook — after she forgot to blur one of the nipples before posting it.


Following the incident, the photographer said it wasn’t Facebook’s fault for what transpired, but rather the public’s discomfort with women celebrating ‘imperfect’ bodies.

“When we see a woman with the untypical body type feeling empowered and vulnerable to pose for an artist, it’s like somehow I break the rules of what is acceptable for how much skin a woman ‘should’ show,” the photographer told The Huffington Post. “And to show her allowing her breasts to be used in a completely un-sexualised manner, that really rocks the boat.”

Read more: This photo of mothers made a lot of people very angry.

In similar circumstances, Facebook also censored this photo from photographer Jane McRae:

The breastfeeding photo that got Jane McCrae in trouble.

The photographer wrote that the image was deleted, and a three-day ban imposed, because it ‘Violated Community Standards’.

“In this beautiful moment in time I see a mother who is giving her whole self to her children, phsyically, emotionally, spiritually, loving them, nurturing and nourishing them,” she wrote. “I also see two children obviously have a close bond, holding hands while they feed.

“I certainly do not see anything sexual, I don’t even see a nipple or areola. Just a breast doing what its meant to do.”

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We could agree more: We don’t see anything sexual in these photos. We certainly don’t see anything offensive in these photos. We see a breast performing a natural and necessary function.

So Facebook: We shouldn’t have to thank you for recognising that, but we do applaud you for finally coming to your senses.

Do you welcome Facebook’s clarified policy on breastfeeding?

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