Breastfeeding Selfies: Yay or Nay?

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What’s the latest mommy trend, you ask? Breastfeeding selfies.

In today’s selfie culture, moms are documenting their babies’ day-to-day life and sharing it with the world. And since breastfeeding takes up a lot of the day — and moms often have their smartphone handy — breastfeeding selfies have become a thing.


Until these shots are pulled, that is.

Many moms have complained Facebook has pulled breastfeeding photos because it deemed them in violation of its policy on the display of nudity.

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But Facebook isn’t the only platform saying no to nursing.

Instagram has a decency policy, which bans nude and partially nude photos. Recently, Scout Willis — the 22-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore – took a topless stroll around New York in protest. She posted the uncensored shots via Twitter — some with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple, a call for a more relaxed view of topless females in social media.

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So the question is, do we really need to see breastfeeding selfies?

“Yes… because if we continue to treat it as a secret art form, reserved for private rooms and hushed conversations, it will remain a taboo,” writes Mama Bean. “It will become lost in the passage of time, further misunderstood and out of reach for future mothers.”

Joining in on the trend, Russian model Natalia Vodianova shared the first photo of her son Maxim, who was born in early May, via Instagram. In the shot, the naked model mom is seen breastfeeding her newborn.

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Natalia isn’t the only high-profile mom joining in on the craze. Over the weekend, actress Jaime King shared a photo breastfeeding her son James, captioning the Instagram shot, “Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it’s ALL fun for the whole family.”

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Also, Modern Family star Julie Bowen shared an epic breastfeeding selfie while nursing her twin sons. And former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr shared a shot nursing her newborn son Flynn, also via social media.

And recently, model mom Ashley Nicole received public outrage after she posted this photo breastfeeding her newborn baby.

So what do you think? Yay or nay to breastfeeding selfies? 

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  1. I breast-fed all 3 of my kids. However, I wouldn’t post these type of pictures on the Internet only because there are too many creeps that don’t see it for the beautiful expression it is…they see it as partial nudity and would view it sexually for their own satisfaction. There is no way I would give others the chance to taint that bond I had by letting other see it at as anything other than a bond between a mother and baby. If I had to guess, many show “outrage” about this issue because they want to preserve the private bond and beauty of breast-feeding, not because breast-feeding is wrong.

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  3. Heather

    I breastfed my children and loved it. I wish I had a few pictures of it now for the memory! I wouldn’t post a breastfeeding pic though because I feel like it’s just very personal. To each their own I guess. I can’t say someone else is wrong for what they do. I will say that I love that first pic. with the older sibling and the baby holding hands. That is adorable! Odd angle, but adorable moment.

  4. Mom of 3

    IMO….I’m Pro “whatever you gotta do to feed your bambino”……i feel like those that can’t BF and have to use formula, sometimes get a tough go from those that can….but they are just doing what they must to care for their baby too.
    I treasured my special bonding time with all 3 of my babies whether it was from me or a bottle…..I just don’t think it needs to be posted for the world to see……also…..clearly most of those photos are not “selfies”

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  6. Sarah

    I took several and shared most of my nursing pictures. I had a hard go of it with my first kid so I learned early on to appreciate every chance I got to nurse, even if I was sick and exhausted and it was the middle of the night. Nursing was also one of the few times my kids were still enough to take a photo.


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