Remember all of those breastfeeding selfies that Facebook was taking down because they violated the social network’s nudity clause? Well, it took a few years, but Facebook has finally clarified its community standards so there is little confusion about what it will and will not allow on the site.
According to the new language, images of female breasts with the nipples showing are not allowed, “but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.” Yep, you read that right: Facebook is now saying that breastfeeding photos are allowed, so if you’re joining the ranks of Alyssa Milano, Gwen Stefani, Jaime King, and countless other celebrity moms who’ve shared their #brelfie photos on social media, you can post all the breastfeeding photos you like!
The decision is an about-face for the company, which began removing breastfeeding photos back in 2008, declaring them indecent. The move launched the #normalizebreastfeeding movement and led several moms to start the Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! group on the social network. Since then, Facebook’s enforcement of the policy has been inconsistent, with some photos posted and others removed based on whether the images were flagged by readers.
Whatever the case, it’s great news for the breastfeeding community in its attempt to make the practice more accepted. So start posting those #brelfies!