Breastfeeding mom asked to take down picture posted on Facebook, faces flak from users

Rebecca Wanosik, a young mother in Missouri in the United States recently faced flak from Facebook users after she posted a picture where she is seen breastfeeding two babies — her own and a friend's.

While some responses from Facebook users were positive, calling the picture 'beautiful', others made some hurtful comments. The social media platform too suspended Wanosik's account but later reinstated it. When contacted by The Independent, a Facebook spokesperson described their action as an 'error'.

This is not the first time social media platforms have taken action against women showing their biological parts. Earlier, Instagram had also taken down a picture where a woman had shown her menstrual blood.

According to Wanosik's account, a friend who had undergone surgery had asked Wanosik to breastfeed her newborn infant. The baby in question was also refusing to use a bottle.

"So last Friday night while I was carving and building a cake, I received a random text from one of my friends asking if I could feed a strangers baby. Was there ever a question?” Wanosik said on her Facebook post.

Wanosik was moved by the babies holding hands as they were being breastfed in tandem, and she immediately snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.

Soon after she posted the photo, she received degrading comments like 'Oh, can you feed me next?' and hateful comments which called her a pedophile. One person also said that the breastfeeding could be dangerous and potentially pass on illnesses.

Three days after posting the photo when she tried to log into her account, she found it had been disabled.

“So my wife's account got disabled because of the unselfish act she did my posting about breastfeeding someone else's baby in need. Come on Facebook it was for a good cause,” wrote her husband.

When contacted by The Independent, Facebook said that they had suspended the account after they received reports that the post violated the Community Standards set out on the website. However, on review, they reactivated the account.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Independent, “Breastfeeding photos are allowed on Facebook. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook.

"We apologise for this and for any inconvenience caused.”

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Updated Date: Oct 13, 2016 15:22:53 IST