Dear Facebook, boobs are made for feeding.

You’ve probably heard a story here or there about Facebook removing a breastfeeding photo because it’s against their terms of use–because it’s inappropriate. Last night I got an email from Mama Melinda from Earth Mama Angel Baby–a company I love and respect. She said that facebook removed a breastfeeding photo from their fan page. Frustrating and annoying, yes. And then I continue reading to see that they had TWO breastfeeding photos on their page, but facebook only removed ONE of them. Let’s take a look:

Beautiful photos, right? Now…. I want you to guess which one was removed. I looked at these photos and thought… okay, the first one shows both boobs, but really only cleavage. You see that in photos of girls in swimsuits (which don’t get reported and removed, by the way). The second photo, however, actually shows some nipple area. If I had to guess, I’d say the 2nd one was flagged and removed.


That one remains. The first photo, however, was taken down. Now I get that facebook probably wasn’t out on the hunt for nursing photos. I get that SOMEONE must have reported or flagged the photo. But why the first one and not both? Because the baby is actually latched (ie it’s definitely breastfeeding)? Because it’s a black mom and a mixed baby? WHO KNOWS.

But what I DO KNOW, is that facebook has some freaking issues. They need to get this straightened out NOW. They’ve publicly stated they aren’t attacking breastfeeding photos, but they have NOTHING in their customer service/employee training to PROTECT breastfeeding moms and babies?

Not only are these pictures beautiful, they’re NORMAL. Breastfeeding is NORMAL. Boobs are made for feeding. GASP! We need society to realize that breastfeeding IS the norm. It’s OKAY, it’s natural, it’s beautiful. And by removing these photos, we’re hiding. Because we’re uncomfortable? Grow up.

Why does society say it’s okay to objective women and that suggestive photographs with partial nudity are okay – and that beautiful, natural nursing photographs are NOT?!

Have you seen some of the filth and trash on Facebook? The photos they AREN’T removing??? There is page after page after page after page (get the point?) of young women in underwear–with photo captions basically begging men to friend them and find them.


I’m disgusted that I have to raise a son in this environment. I’ve often thought about how to raise him so he is respectful of women [and breastfeeding]. And he will be.

Please check out the Earth Mama Angel Baby blog for their story: Breastfeeding photos deleted by facebook and the more recent post: Much Ado About A Baby’s Lunch, which features Mama M herself breastfeeding in 1974. It’s a great pic!

What can you do? Tell Facebook that breastfeeding is normal and beautiful and NOT obscene. Put them on the spot and ask them WHY photos like the ones I posted above are okay, but nursing photos are not. Ask them WHEN they will add a “rule” that protects moms from ignorant asshats that just go around “liking” pages to find nursing photos and report them because they can’t grow up. CLICK HERE TO TELL THEM.

AND? I would loooooooooove to see your breastfeeding photos. If you have one (or 10) email it to me: erdickey at gmail dot com and I’ll collect them and put up a post! You can see a bunch of my breastfeeding photos too.

Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Practice and Policy

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education July 1, 2011 | Arneson, Dean L Rajender R. Aparasu . Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Practice and Policy. Gurnee IL: Pharmaceutical Press; 2011. 192 pp, $57.50 (paperback) ISBN 9780853698807.

Performing research in the area of pharmacy practice and policy can be a complicated process. The nuances of identifying and developing the research question, designing the research method, and conducting the research can be complex. The collection and analysis of the data and the interpretation of the results can benefit from a well-designed study.

The editor has assembled a book that will take the reader through the steps of research from the conception of the research question through possible journals for submission. Also included are 2 appendices: one with possible funding sources for research and the other with a list of journals for publications. The book provides a good overview of the theoretical research process but it does lack examples in many of the areas to make it a useful, standalone textbook. Although a multitude of authors are used for various chapters, the course of the book is relatively seamless.

Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with review questions to emphasize the main points. The chapters are arranged in the stepwise order of performing research. The first 3 chapters focus on the philosophy of research and how to approach it in a scientific manner. The chapters provide an introduction to the ideas of concepts, constructs, and theoretical models applied in healthcare utilization and outcomes and relate them to variables used in pharmaceutical practice and policy. here concordia university wisconsin

Chapter 4 reviews and discusses the nature, level, and issues of measurements, including an overview of both internal and external reliability and validity. Chapters 5-7 provide a logical approach to experimental design and sampling methods. Chapter 8 explains the systematic review of literature and how to assess the quality of systematic reviews.

Chapters 9 and 10 provide a review of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and survey design. The chapters review the strengths and weaknesses of different types of survey designs and evaluate the common scales used with different types of survey designs.

Chapters 11-14 concentrate on data analysis. Chapter 11 begins by discussing common statistical terminology and then proceeds to explain descriptive and inferential statistics. It provides an overview of statistical testing and describes a variety of statistical techniques. Chapters 12 and 13 review secondary data sets (administrative and commercial, respectively). There is a review of Medicaid and Medicare data sets and common medical coding conversions. The uses of commercial data sets are presented and factors researchers need to consider when choosing a commercial data source are discussed. Chapter 14 considers strengths and weaknesses of research approaches involving data at national levels. concordia university wisconsin

Chapter 15walks the reader through the steps involved in the evaluation of research programs and discusses the standards that should be considered for an effective program evaluation. The final chapter examines the current issues and the future direction of pharmaceutical policy research. The chapter details the currentmethods andmetrics used in pharmaceutical policy research and discusses data sources and the quality measurement. Some of the unresolved issues that are brought up include evidencebased practice, pharmacist practice limits, and effectiveness research.

Very useful aspects of the textbook are the 2 appendixes. The first appendix provides a list of journals to which research articles could be submitted. The editor provides a brief description of types of research each journal publishes and its contact information. The second appendix is a selective list of funding resources for pharmaceutical practice and policy research. Individuals who are interested in teaching or performing research in the area of pharmacy practice and policy should consider obtaining this book as a resource for their library.

[Author Affiliation] Reviewed By: Dean L. Arneson, PharmD, PhD Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy [Author Affiliation] Arneson, Dean L

16 comments to Dear Facebook, boobs are made for feeding.

  • Stuff like this makes me sick. I am so tired of the world looking at breastfeeding pics as sexual.


    babydickey Reply:

    I know :( Can you blame them when the world has sexualized every part of our bodies and every aspect of our lives?! Sex is everywhere. You grow up learning about boobs and sex and these images of swimsuits and suggestive Victoria’s Secret models on commercials (way before a child’s bedtime)… you don’t grow up learning about breastfeeding and nutrition for a child. It’s SAD.


  • I’m actually working with this company right now, so I’m glad to hear you like them!

    It seems like every single day, I hear about FB taking down a breastfeeding photo. I have teens on my friends list with cleavage showing like whoah & they are underage! Yet, their photos are still up.

    I don’t have a BFing photos, but I definitely need to take some. I have very few photos of myself because I’m always behind the camera. I guess I could take a few myself.

    Greta post!


    babydickey Reply:

    Yes, love love love EMAB! Take a photo and email it to me so I can share it :) I know what you mean though, I’m always behind the camera too! Nearly all photos of me breastfeeding were taken by myself- not the best angle!


  • I can’t comprehend why any of the breastfeeding pictures continue to be taken down. It’s exactly what you said. There are girls when who are UNDERAGE half naked on Facebook ALL THE TIME. That’s way more offensive to me than a breastfeeding mother!


  • Facebook does have some freaking issues! I agree with you about the outright vulgarity of some images that are allowed and others, of breastfeeding, that are removed. Facebook needs a swift kick in the behind and their policies revamped.


  • It’s the fact that there is a baby sucking on a breast, not the breast itself.

    I have a tattoo of a woman breastfeeding. I posted the picture of the tattoo and it was removed. A tattoo!!! Not even a real baby breastfeeding on a real woman!!!


    babydickey Reply:

    omgosh, ridiculous!!! Would love if you emailed me the photo so I can share it here with other breastfeeding pics!


  • Beth

    Okay – I contacted them. You are so very right. I am glad that when you and Jeff were younger, TV commercials were not as bad as they are now. I would be flipping mad if I had to raise a son right now and try to explain every time a sexually portrayed commercial comes on. It was bad enough when you got a little older and something “inappropriate” came on a PG movie and I had to go stand in front of the TV…lolol. Remember that? I know….you were a teenager, but still! Mama is old fashioned…or am I just old? :)


  • Well said! This battle needs to stop…… I will never understand why FaceBook needs to start a battle over something so natural……but leaves other topics alone. The only way to help stop this is to spread the word! Boobs are made for feeding! Great line!

    Mummies Nummies


  • Thanks for speaking up about this. i wish I knew why people were such disgusting hypocrites when it comes to breasts. i think it is an American thing and it is so shameful.


  • Haywood

    People, the pictures are getting removed because someone is FLAGGING them, then someone from facebook checks, and yes, they are violating the terms and services.
    The bar-trash pictures, half naked models etc etc are not getting flagged, because the majority of people that come across those photos are seeking that kind of material out.
    Facebook owes you NOTHING. If they wanted they could delete your whole damn profile and you could do NOTHING. Stop acting like facebook is not a private company, because it is. And it can remove and allow what ever it wants, the only thing you can really do, is continue to use it or not.
    Again, facebook doesn’t owe you people “the right” to post your breastfeeding pictures on THEIR site,
    stop acting like they’re telling you to go to the washroom to feed you child.


  • Carley

    I love seeing how beautiful breastfeeding pictures are, and I honestly will never understand how females can get away with slutting it up but moms feeding are offensive. Smh.


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