Posting images from her “Madonna and Child Series,” artist Kate Hansen has had her work taken down three times by Facebook. She has been warned that her account could be disabled if she persists. While Facebook considers images of breastfeeding to be obscene, the Vatican meanwhile has announced that it is putting on display centuries old paintings of the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus at her breast. When contacted by the Toronto Star, Facebook suggested that the images were removed accidentally – three times. A group has been established on Facebook – “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene,” which has attracted 260,000 members. Facebook Moms are also holding a protest by posting pictures of themselves breastfeeding on their Facebook pages. The journal Pediatrics recently published a study suggesting that the US could save $13 billion and more than 900 newborn lives every year if women could be encouraged to breastfeed their children for more than six months.
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