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September 19, 2007

Lactivists Take On FaceBook, Bill Maher, Harvard and the List Goes On....

603pxbreastfeedingiconme This morning I saw this post from IzzyMom called "First MySpace, Then Facebook, Now Harvard? (Edited to Add)". That post discussed the recent mistreatment of breastfeeding mother during a Harvard exit exam, Bill Maher's completely offbase (even discriminatory) "joke" about breastfeeding moms and now Facebook's wrong move to delete pictures of women breastfeeding on the site. PunditMom also wrote a post titled "Breast Practices" and posted on the DC Metro Moms Blog ("Breastfeeding Moms are Lazy and Narcissistic"). The best soundbyte was from the link that IzzyMom provided to the blog post from Mojo of a Mama: "“boobs for breastfeeding = bad! ~ boobs to sell stuff = good!”. Thanks IzzyMom for providing the great summary of the current controversy.

I am big Facebook fan, but this is ridiculous. I can only guess that that the people making the call at Facebook are young guys uncomfortable with looking at breastfeeding moms. I do appreciate the open nature of Facebook, I found the petition  "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!(Official petition to Facebook)" and joined the group. I am already a Facebook member,  but for those that are not it may be worth joining just to join that group.

NOTE TO THESE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH (AND MAKING POLICIES AGAINST) BREASTFEEDING MOMS: GET OVER IT! THIS IS YOUR PROBLEM NOT BREASTFEEDING MOMS!

My personal contribution will be to ask moms to list organizations and companies that support Breastfeeding Moms. Please comment below so we can publicly thank them.

THANK YOU: To Deloitte & Touche - I was a Senior Manager there and was always given a safe place to pump and all the breaks I needed to do so. Thanks to their supportive policies I was able to breastfeed my first son even though I went back to work.

This is cross-posted on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.

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Thanks to Intuit, truly a great place to work, I had a comfortable room in my building (and several others on campus) where I could pump. Plus, I was supported with consideration to limit duration and frequency of business trips so I wouldn't have to deal with the hassles of airline travel with breastmilk.

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