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“Facebook Punished Me For Trying To Help Breastfeeders” – Kerryn’s Story

Breastfeeders in Australia suffered a huge setback this week.  Kerryn Gill-Rich, one of our support group’s most active administrators and prolific commenters received a Facebook ban for sharing links to a Nipple Blanching (Vasospasm) article on the Kellymon website.  After repeatedly pleading for common sense from the Facebook team, her case has been closed.  It would appear Kerryn is now receiving a 1 week ban for each instance she has shared the link.  To see a gallery of the communication between Kerryn and Facebook, please click on this link.
It only takes a quick search on Facebook to find a flood of sexual and graphic content.  We will never understand why Facebook is so selective with the way they police comments and posts, or why they seem to be so bothered by breastfeeding.
With very little opportunity to take this further, Kerryn has written a letter to Facebook for us to publish.
“Dear Facebook,

I’m cross. You and I were onto something. You and I had a great thing going. You and I had helped 30,000 breastfeeding women to find success in nourishing their babies and reach their breastfeeding goals, however long that may have been. We have talked them through sleep deprivation, poonamis, and puke down their backs. We have shared our stories and cried with people that are standing on the edge of their threshold as a parent because things weren’t going to plan. Maybe their expectations weren’t realistic or maybe the well-meaning advice they had received wasn’t working or maybe they had too many nights in a row with no sleep, crying baby and burning nipples or many, many other reasons why those early days of parenting can see us crash and burn and feel like we are alone.

I’m a lactavist. I’m passionate about helping women that WANT to breastfeed. I don’t tie myself to trees or march in the street but I do make myself available to friends and family as well as perfect strangers that reach out for help….. UNTIL THIS WEEK.

Nipple blanching and vasospasm

I posted this article (above)in a response to a mum who was experiencing nipple pain when breastfeeding.  She had reached out in a BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP. She was about to give up due to the lack of help she was receiving. She didn’t know what was causing her pain and she didn’t know how to fix it. My advice was not unsolicited, it was factual and medically sound. It  directed her to relevant online as well as real world help. The offending article is written by an IBCLC qualified lactation consultant and has medical based information regarding vasospasms. It also contains 2 photos of a blanched nipple for reference.


I received a notification that this was not appropriate content for Facebook and was banned for a week as a result. This happened twice as I’ve shared the article more than once so I suspect there will be more bans in the pipeline. Yet, a quick search and I can find Karma Sutra positions with links to videos, topless beach babes with a poorly placed scribble across her nips, vibrators and many other pages with similar, sexual content. These are all still in place as of this morning. I can join these groups and buy these products and services. I can even link up with a group that do live sex both using Facebook live OR if they get in trouble for that, they advertise ‘plan B’ which is a whats app group… all with Facebook’s blessing. Yet I can’t link an article to help a mother feed her baby.


Breastfeeding is in no way whatsoever sexual. It is simply feeding a baby in the most natural way possible, yet breastfeeding information is not in line with community standards? What is it exactly that’s so offensive about breastfeeding? Given the amount of daily dinner plates that are posted on timelines, it can’t be the FEEDING part that is of concern! But using THAT theory, the amount of breasts in timelines probably beats the pants off the butter chicken or steak and potato plates posted….. so I’m stuck! Is it the baby? Nope, they feature pretty predominantly on timelines too!!

SO…..WHAT IS IT THAT YOU TAKE ISSUE WITH?

Yours in confusion and utter frustration
Kerryn Gill-Rich”

Many people from our breastfeeding community have expressed shock, confusion and disappointment at Kerryn’s situation.  Here are some direct quotes:

Tyler Enaj – I was also reported and photo deleted

Krystal Jane

The advice and support you give mothers is invaluable and I’m sure many other mothers can attest to that. To ban you for sharing breastfeeding specific information in a breastfeeding group is just absurd

Kristy Benson

This is so infuriating!!!
A man who is a body builder stole pictures of my children & posted them to his 40,000 followers and it DID NOT go against Facebooks community standards! What the heck is wrong with Facebook?!?!
  It’s really hard not to be a ranting feminist when it’s so clear the Facebook is ran by misogynists and the patriarchy is cool with women being naked as long as we are giving sexual satisfaction to men.  Over 200 people reported my issues (pictures of my children, my name and location) but that didn’t even matter.

Facebook claim to support breastfeeding, but actions speak louder than words.  Have you ever had a breastfeeding photo reported or taken down? 

 

 

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8 thoughts on ““Facebook Punished Me For Trying To Help Breastfeeders” – Kerryn’s Story

  1. This is soooo ridiculous! The double standards are pathetic. These pictures & this information is being shared in the privacy of a closed group, to woman that require & are searching for it! Not impressed with you at all Facebook! 😡😡😡😡

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  5. What is WRONG with fb? This is totally Ridiculous. Advice about breastfeeding is a no no? Come on.

  6. So breasts are just for men’s pleasure is that it ??? We have breasts to feed our young that is their purpose on our body big or small. It’s nature and best nourishment and start to life for our babies. Double standards come to mind 😡

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