Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More Facebook Coverage

The Provo paper, The Daily Herald did a little bit on this.

And while the TV bit I posted of Fox news yesterday had some, well, not-thought-out comments (they gave the impression that you have both breasts out and uncovered all the time when you breastfeed- I've obviously been doing it wrong), this Fox podcast from last Friday is about Kelly Roman, who lost her Facebook account due to unfriendly Facebook's policies. I think they did a great job in this podcast. It's an hour long, so listen to it while you do some dishes or on the way to work.

Also, last week, Medela, the breast pump company made a statement last week. It's a little late in coming, but I didn't know about it until yesterday.

Medela, a longtime champion of breastfeeding, exists to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of breastmilk. We are committed to helping mothers successfully breastfeed, to increasing awareness of the benefits of breastmilk for baby, and to supporting the rights of mothers to nurse their babies anywhere, anytime.

As a company committed to these values, Medela believes Facebook should reconsider its decision to classify certain photos of breastfeeding as obscene content. Breastfeeding is a natural act and an important part of daily life for many women and their babies. If Facebook is to remain an open forum for sharing your life with your friends, we believe photos documenting such an important part of a mother's day - bonding with her baby through nursing - should not be arbitrarily censored.

Medela encourages Facebook members who support breastfeeding, and who support a mother's right to post images of this significant part of her life, to do the following:

o Join the group "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" to complain about the censorship. The group currently has 62,000 members.
o Sign up for the Mothers International Lactation Campaign (M.I.L.C.) event on Facebook, taking place on Dec. 27. This virtual nurse-in asks attendees to change their Facebook profile picture for one day, to a photo that shows an image of a nursing mom.
o Invite others to join the group and the event.

On behalf of nursing mothers and their babies, Medela thanks you for your support.

Medela - #1 Choice of Mothers

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