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Facebook apologizes to Sacramento mom for banning breastfeeding pictures

11:55 AM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Facebook has apologized to a Sacramento mom for pulling photos of breastfeeding moms and locking her out of her page.

Kristy Kemp manages a breastfeeding support page on Facebook called "Breastfeeding/Mama Talk." She started the page to help other mothers overcame the stigma.

When Kemp had her son three years ago, she stopped breastfeeding him after 3 months because she felt embarrassed.

"When I started the page, women kept coming to me saying how embarrassed they were, how ashamed they were to breastfeed in public," Kemp said. "And I realized it was a bigger issue than what I even imagined."

She's posted numerous photos but then one got her in hot water with Facebook. The photo was taken down because the social media site said it "violated" policy. Kemp was locked out for 24 hours.

After it was over, she posted another photo. It showed a mom breastfeeding her baby and five year old at the same time. It was also removed. This time, she was subjected to a three day lock out.

"My adrenaline was going and I was really upset," Kemp recounted.

Facebook then did an about face and apologized. The message from the Facebook Team read: "A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error. We've since restored the content, and you should now be able to see it."

Kemp said what happened with facebook is just a snapshot into what she says breastfeeding moms regularly encounter.

"I felt kind of harassed," Kemp said. "And I kind of feel like, not me personally, but I feel like breastfeeding mothers are being targeted."

Since the page was restored, it's gained more than a thousand fans in two days and has more than 5,000 "likes." It makes kemp feel like she's on the right track. But along with the support, there's still backlash. That's something she's hoping to change one post, one picture at a time.

"Too many people are trying to sexualize it," Kemp said. "And it's not sexual and that's a whole other issue in itself."

Kemp understands some people don't agree with the pictures. Her response: if you don't want to see it, hide it from your newsfeed or don't go on the page.

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