Not too long ago, decision made by social media companies, such as Instagram and Facebook, to delete pictures that contained exposure of a female nipple or photographic portrayal of a breastfeeding moment caused a huge controversy online.
Many women, especially those, who were mothers, were outraged by this decision. In their opinions, breastfeeding a child was natural and an integral part of being humans. For social media companies, such as Instagram and Facebook, to block their access to show the world a loving moment between a mom and a child was disrespectful.
Now, in an interaction-based digital era, where online petitions and revolutions can engender real life changes, Facebook has reversed its previous made decision to unblock and to allow breastfeeding images proliferate in its landscape.
As good as this reversal of decision is, according to some of those mothers, as someone, who has a mom, I can surely say that if my mom were to share a breastfeeding picture of she and I, I would be mortified, probably be embarrassed by and be angry at her.
We all have parents. One thing that we, the kids, don’t want to see our parents do is show their naked bodies. This is not to say our parents’ bodies are not beautiful; rather, is an instinctive reaction from a child, if we were to have been raised in a non-exhibitionist household. Think about babies in all those breastfeeding pictures, in their future adulthood, are they all going to be proud of their parents’ decision to publish an image, without firstly having obtained their consent, in which their little mouths hang on to their moms’ nipple, and to think to themselves, ” Well, what a sweet moment that I had spent with mom?” Or, will they be mortified by it?
I do agree that breastfeeding is beautiful, natural and good for the growth of the baby. That being said, being a responsible parent means having the awareness and foresight when it comes to making calculated decisions so that the future of the kids won’t be impacted.
Not every beautiful thing in life needs to be shared so openly. A loving and sweet moment is just as precious as it is kept private. For many parents, who have chosen to share the intimate moments of their lives with the world is mainly for the reason of showing off, though they may claim to be having the desire to spread the love in a world, where violence is so rampant or otherwise.