Sunday Surf February 5, 2012

by Asheya on February 5, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Surf!  Enjoy linkups to this week’s most interesting articles, posts, and discussions about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.  Feel free to link up articles you found interesting that we missed!  Happy surfing from Mothers of Change…

(image courtesy of Melissa’s husband)

Facebook has a long history of deleting photos of breastfeeding from its pages, and even sometimes canceling accounts or banning members for posting photos of breastfeeding women.  Facebook has recently updated its policy on breastfeeding to read as follows:

“We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site. The vast majority of breastfeeding photos are compliant with our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook takes no action on such content. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us. These policies are based on the same standards that apply to television and print media. It is important to note that photos upon which we act are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain about them being shared on Facebook.”

The Vancouver Sun published this article interviewing Emma Kwasnica on January 17th, who has had over 20 photos of herself breastfeeding her children deleted from Facebook, and has had her account suspended on numerous occasions.  Facebook’s actions do not line up with official facebook policy, nor with Canadian law which protects the rights of breastfeeding women.  There is a nurse-in planned at numerous Facebook offices around the world tomorrow, Monday February 6th, 2012, and a virtual nurse-in for those of us who do not live near a Facebook office.  Change your profile picture to one of a breastfeeding photo (yours or someone else’s: with permission of course!) and join the Facebook Nurse-In page to raise awareness that, Hey, Facebook: Breastfeeding is not obscene!

(image from Facebook Nurse-In page)

 Mama Is…Comic has a new comic up about Facebook’s history of deleting breastfeeding photos~her posts are always good for a laugh, with an intelligent twist!

Also, for a dad’s perspective on breastfeeding in public, the Huffington Post has a wonderful article from John Willey titled My Boys Will Be Boob Men.

In other interweb news of the week, Momma Jorje wrote a beautiful post titled I Did Not Birth a Syndrome about her very sweet son who was born a few days before Christmas. 

The Unecessarean has a very funny post on censorship and spoofing~disclaimer, there are some *interesting* photos in this post and sensitive readers be forewarned.  Where do we draw the line between appropriate and inappropriate?  And what do men’s bellies have to do with breastfeeding photos on Facebook, anyways?

Erin Ellis has a well researched post this week on cord clamping practices; delayed vs. immediate, and discusses at length this topic which was explored in depth here on Mothers of Change in December.  Delayed cord clamping is a vital practice which impacts an infant’s long term health for up to six to twelve months after birth.

And finally, the ICAN blog (International Cesarean Awareness Network) has this lovely recipe for Lactation Cookies“Bake, enjoy, and may your milk be plentiful!”

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