Facebook Backpedals After Deleting Account Over Photo Of Breastfeeding Mother

BANNING (CBS) — A popular Inland Empire breastfeeding expert and licensed lactation consultant says Facebook has reinstated her account after deleting her pages over a photo of a breastfeeding mother.

Christy Jo Hendricks says she had more than 3,500 friends and that her Birthing, Bonding & Breastfeeding page reached 700,000 people regularly before her account was disabled, pages removed and events canceled, according to a blog post published Thursday.

The offending photo was apparently one of a baby breastfeeding, with her right hand in her mom’s shirt.

“She was in a restaurant, and we were in a mom’s group,” Hendricks said, “but put it on a screen, and all of a sudden, its unlawful.”

Hendricks’ sudden disappearance from Facebook touched off a wave of protest from her friends and fans.

“I feel like, as soon as Facebook saw there was going to be media coverage, they backed down,” Hendricks said.

Facebook sent Hendricks an email Friday morning, explaining that her account — Mommymilk Lac — had been temporarily suspended because it did not represent an individual person and had been reactivated so it can be converted to a page. Her photos, however, won’t migrate to the new page.

“This must be how moms feel when they’re censored every day, when they’re told to breastfeed in the bathroom, or told ‘I don’t want to see that,'” Hendricks said.

The abrupt cut off from her Facebook network made Hendricks realize that she couldn’t depend on Facebook for her business. She had scheduled training sessions on the website, set up appointments with moms needing her help via their message system.

“I had put all my eggs in this basket,” Hendricks said. After her account was disabled, “besides being shocked they think breastfeeding was offensive, I realized Facebook could wipe out my entire business.”

Now that she has access again to her account, Hendricks said the first thing she did was back up all her information.

“They are more powerful than I thought,” she said.

  • tatytay

    im a mother i will never put a pic of me breastfeeding yikes!!!!

    • Claire

      It’s your right not to do but as it’s not illegal to breastfeed anyway and this lady is an IBCLC it’s her right to post if she wishes. We can’t base all judgements on whether everyone else would do it, now, can we?

    • Krystal Y.

      If people don’t want to see it than they shouldn’t be “friends” with such people. It is sad that women nursing their babies threaten others. If anything it should bring people comfort that that mother is providing the most natural and nutritious food for her baby.

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  • jkl

    Only the ignorant are offended by breastfeeding. It is total natural, not in the least sexual, or vulgar.

    • SG

      I agree with you! The very thought that breastfeeding and pornography are put in the same category makes me sick! Breastfeeding is beautiful and a wonderful bond between mama and baby!

      • hmmm

        Cool, now will she post a few pictures without the kid attached?

  • http://douladarla.wordpress.com douladarla

    I am so happy they reinstated her account. Breastfeeding is normal! Thank you, Christy Jo, for all you do for breastfeeding families and for educating others on breastfeeding!!!

  • Mel Diggy

    I am also a MOTHER and would and have shared my expereince breastfeeding even in a picture for Christy! To each her own but the woman in the “said” picture chose to share her experience and that is her right. I support and love you 100% Christy! Noone made anyone be friends with Christy on Facebook. So if you know she is an IBCLC you would surely expect to see breastfeeding photosn her page. Beautiful photos I might add!!

  • Liz Brooks JD IBCLC FILCA

    Social media is where young women are … and young women are mothers! Facebook is undermining itself with these ill-considered and wholesale account deletions.

  • Katie R

    I was very happy to see Christy Jo back today. She is my mentor, helping me to help other mothers breastfeed. I wish I had known her when I had my first, but then I may have thought breastfeeding was easy, and wouldn’t be helping moms like I am now.

  • sil

    …yet teens can post pictures of their breasts and butts, or half nude, right…?

  • me

    Why do Americans have such an issue with breasts???!!

    • John


    • http://grannypants.wordpress.com grannypants

      Because they weren’t breastfed!

  • Jen B

    I am shocked by what facebook chooses to allow or not allow. I am a photographer and know several other photographers that have posted boudoir photos on facebook. (women in lingerie) Recently, I saw that a local photographer posted one of her boudoir photos in which the lady’s underwear were see though in the front! I was shocked that she could have that on her page. I reported the image to facebook. Today I checked for that photo and guess what… IT IS STILL UP! So please tell me why is it okay for a photographer to post a photo of that nature, but not okay for a IBCLC/Doula post a picture of a mother breastfeeding? Women have been breastfeeding for thousands of years… it’s how we mothers were designed to feed our babies. We were not meant to hide in a bathroom stall or hidden away from people. Breastfeeding mothers are more than often made to feel ashamed of feeding their children! Well what came first, the bottle or the breast?

  • http://grannypants.wordpress.com grannypants

    Yes, this is a clear example of a society that has lost touch with normalcy! This week we have an example of how we need to flip-flop where we put our attention if we are to ever regain our connection with life as it is meant to be: So, the movie, Hunger Games gets loads of free press from every media outlet; it is a movie based on a story about children killing children; yet a woman posts a breastfeeding photo on her website designed to support breastfeeding mothers so they can have a chance at a healthy breastfeeding experience and she gets her website shut-down by Facebook. Wouldn’t knee-jerk reactions be better placed towards the cinema rating system that gave Hunger Games a PG-13 rating? I hope I make my point; we have it all backwards!

  • Kathie Neff

    Glad to see that Facebook reinstated Christy’s account and very glad to see that CBS Los Angeles is covering the story. Ask any average person and they will see the difference between what Christy Jo is doing and what is “offensive” to the general public. Christy is providing an important service to mothers. Facebook needs to look more carefully into the pages and persons they delete. I have seen many inappropriate, nonsensical things make it past their watchful eye. They don’t need to go after public service groups such as those who are promoting breastfeeding or the beauty of birth that is illustrated through birth art. Thanks, CBS, for providing a forum for this matter.

  • Andrea

    Breastfeeding in so natural and the best for the baby. It saddens me to see that facebook did such a thing. Christy you are amazing and we are so glad to have you back on facebook!

  • SG

    Breastfeeding is normal and natural! I agree that it’s absurd that photos of women wearing almost nothing is allowed, but a pic of a baby breastfeeding isn’t!

    I would like to see a news report on the false advertising that formula companies do!!

  • John

    It’s ironic that breastfeeding is found to be offensive, because facebook SUCKS

  • John

    The CBS “eye” logo is always staring, it gives me the creeps.

  • All Natural Baby

    On Facebook you can have girls that only have their nipples covered and wearing thongs, but a picture of something NATURAL is deleted!!!! More women need to show everyone that feeding their child with THEIR breasts is normal and natural. I

  • tealrose1

    FB’s rules are a joke. I have reported several dozen sites for showing children or adults with say Down’s Syndrome etc, and the site making very crude, rude comments about it .. Totally offensive, others that are tantamount to threatening children with physical abuse – and yet … FB has only had ONE of them closed down.

    Further, on FB you can click on boxes to report many things – but NOT about anything to do with … ‘credible threats of violence’, or ANYTHING directed towards CHILDREN….THIS has to change ….

  • probreastfeeding

    I am offended that people find breastfeeding offensive. I have never breastfed and I was not breastfed but completely agree in the value for mothers and babies that are able to have the health and well being and bonding of breastfeeding. I am shocked that people create such a stink over nature. This is exactly why we do what we do to spread the word that breast feeding is normal, people need to see it normalized and accept it. I have women in communities that see billboards, BILLBOARDS for strip clubs, scantily clad women dressed as “nurses” for pot dispensaries and billboards for 1800 GET SLIM and that is what is normal. The same families can run to the corner and be handed over processed formula that they were told is best for their baby (sugar and oil) and they can either get it from tax payers money or they can spend a fortune when they are walking around with the ability to nourish their babies themselves. So many of us put so much effort into educating families and making them comfortable with nursing then stuff like this happens…. One step forward and more than two steps back! Unfortunately it looks like the reinstated page has been removed again. *sigh*

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  • sunshines mom

    Breastfeeding is the best for baby!! breastfeed baby usually do not have and illness or allergies what they grow up. Breastfeeding needs to be thought of as normal and not be put down!! The community for breastfeeding mommy’s is grownig and we want to keep on growing. We always encourage eachother and promote breastfeeding our babys. Lets make the world a better place and continute to encourage breastfeeding!

  • Christy Jo Hendricks

    I love the support I am seeing in response to this wonderful-well written article–thank you CBS! I am looking forward to the day when breastfeeding is so normal, it is no longer considered “news worthy,” but until then, we appreciate the exposure to overreactions that still surface. Together, we are making a difference and will continue to strive to normalize breastfeeding.

    The page was converted to a public figure with limitations and another personal page has been started from scratch–we may have been knocked down, but not out! Birthing, Bonding & Breastfeeding has also been reinstated…thanks so much to the group who mobilized this action to get media attention and to everyone who supports the breastfeeding moms everyday…your support will help swing the pendulum of infant feeding!

  • Moniq Olivas

    With out Christy I would of never felt comfortable breastfeeding in public. My baby would of suffered. I am so glad I have found a wonderful group of moms that support each other! We are all just doing what is best for our babies. Its natural!

  • Amy

    The picture in question is one of the most beautiful breastfeeding pictures I’ve seen. I happened to be standing off to the side when it was taken and thought it’d be lovely. How anyone could have been offended by it is a mystery to me. Facebook completely removing both of Christy’s pages as if she were posting child porn is beyond shameful to me. The world needs more “Christy Jo’s” in it. I’ve NEVER met a more selfless, kind, non judgemental person in my life. I can say without a doubt Christy enriches peoples lives. We need to follow Christy’s example and support and encourage breastfeeding in whatever way we can. This article was fantastic and I hope they follow up with a more in depth piece about breastfeeding in general. Way to go CBS!!

  • stephani

    you have to be kidding me!!! it is stupid that they deleted her account over breastfeeding! the fact that people make women feel like they have to hide away while nursing or be ashamed of it is the dumbest thing in the world! I do not plan on hiding away and anyone uncomfortable with it can kiss it!

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