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Breastfeeding Mom Fed Up With Facebook Policy

Emma Kwasnica has had over 20 photos of her breastfeeding her daughters deemed "sexually explicit" by Facebook.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: January 11th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Breastfeeding Mom Fed Up With Facebook Policy
Emma Kwasnica, a Vancouver nursing counselor and childbirth educator has a bone to pick with Facebook’s apparent policy regarding breastfeeding. Since first joining in 2008, Kwasnica has had over 20 photos of her breastfeeding her three daughters removed from Facebook because they were deemed pornographic. At one point, her account was even suspended for a month.

"Facebook has called the photos ‘sexually explicit.' Other terms they've used in the past are ‘pornographic,' ‘obscene.' They've classified it as nudity," explained Kwasnica.

In its defense, Facebook has a strict policy regarding all nudity.

"I recognize breastfeeding is a natural thing to do, but many users want to foster diverse respect so we have come up with a set of community standards," explained Reena Dacdo, Facebook’s Canadian publicist.

“It's a tough battle for Kwasnica, but with 18 million active Canadian users, Facebook is trying to find that balance with respecting everyone's values," continued Dacdo.

However, advocates of breastfeeding deem it a natural process, oft times akin to an inherent right.

"All provinces in Canada, all states in the United States protect the right of a child to breastfeed at a mother's breast. But Facebook says we have to have community standards," says Kwasnica.

A Facebook page has been set up in support of Kwasnica, with over 3,300 members to date.
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