4.24.2014

Shame on you Instagram.

I'm pretty disappointed right now. Yesterday I learned that someone flagged my photo and Instagram deemed it inappropriate, then deleted it. No, not any bikini pics, but this one...


Maybe I'm clueless here, but I see absolutely NOTHING wrong with the picture. I see a little girl mimicking her Mother doing the most natural thing in the world. I don't usually express my OPINIONS on here because everyone has them and obviously they are all different. I'm shocked that anyone would see something wrong with this picture honestly, there is nothing wrong with me teaching my daughter that feeding a baby from your breast is OK. Is it the only way, absolutely not? Is it the best way, well that depends on you. Every situation is different and you can be a terrific Mother by bottle or by breast.  

I do not only give Aiden breast milk, he gets a bottle of formula when I just need a break. Sometimes it's more convenient for me to give him a bottle when we are on the go and sometimes I just don't feel like whipping out my breast at the dinner table and that's OK. Do I feel like breast milk is better for him than formula? Yes. That's why I chose to breastfeed, plus I get more sleep at night by boob than I do by bottle :)

I think far too many women feel uncomfortable breastfeeding, the numbers of times I've known someone who didn't breastfeed 'just because' is shocking.  I don't want my daughter to feel that way, we are very open with how babies are fed. She's fed him a bottle a few times and if this picture was of her giving her baby doll a bottle there would be no issue. I grew up with a Mother who nursed for YEARSSSSSSS which is probably why I'm comfortable doing it at home or in public. 

I enjoyed sharing this on Instagram and reading all the comments about women who remember their child doing this or themselves doing this when they were young. I hope Madison remembers this too! 

So shame on you Instagram for sending the message that this is wrong and to the person who reported it, I'm sorry you are so closed minded that you can't see all the good that is in the picture, even if it's not 'your thing'. 

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  1. That is crazy! What is wrong with people! You can post an almost nude picture of a woman, but not a picture of anything dealing with breast feeding? Sick

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  2. Support you 100%. We need to teach our children that breastfeeding is ok. Formula feeding is ok. Peoples personal choices are their choices and thats ok ! Rock on mama :)

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  3. I was nineteen when I had my daughter and chose not to breastfeed because it was so unfamiliar. Knowing what I know I most definitely would have done things differently. Because of YOU I've made the choice that when a second child comes around I will at least give it a try and most def. wanna do cloth diapering! More power to you Meg! I agree...shame on instagram!!

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  4. That's just insane. I thought the picture was so sweet when I saw it go by in my feed. A picture of a daughter mimicking her mother doing something important for the new baby is the LEAST of Instagram's problems.

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  5. I'm so sorry your picture was taken down. I still don't understand why people get weird over breastfeeding mom's. Just keep doing what you do :)

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  6. That is wild! The pics I have of my then four year old 'nursing' her babies while I was nursing her baby sister are some of the sweetest moments. Nothing offensive about them. Nature & nurture at its finest. Shame on you Instagram & for the closed minded person who could have just unfollowed instead of reporting.

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  7. So sorry, Meg. I love all of your pics and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that picture. It's natural and whoever reported you - shame on them!

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  8. I hate that someone thought it was inappropriate. Annslee does the same thing with her baby dolls. Madison and Aiden are both adorable and you're doing an awesome job!

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  9. wow...I didn't get to even see the picture, if I had, I would have LOVED it and commented because it is an adorable picture. I'm actually floored that a simple picture like that can be deemed 'inappropriate' but I've had to remove my sub to certain "fitness" accounts because the pictures are too much for my comfort level, and well if anyone passed behind me I'd be looked at as a perv. The booty shots and glute pics are more inappropriate than this.
    this doesn't show your child's face nor any body part, it is a doll on skin.

    I'm hot for you, this pisses me off (and not just as another nursing mother) when IG has pseudo-porn on.

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  10. this makes me so livid! ugh. .... I would rather see a woman's breast while feeding their child rather than all the boobs I see everytime I go grocery shopping because some woman want attention. .. both of my kids will probably emulate the same picture you posted when baby #3 gets here.. society is so twisted :( sorry mama!

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  11. That is crazy #1- for someone actually reporting it and #2 for Instagram to delete it, especially when I see so many women posing for those selfies in barely anything!!!! Silly.

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  12. Right on, there is a project going on called 4th trimester bodies. And it's a photographer taking pictures of women and their children not necessarily right after giving birth but just what their bodies look like after housing children. It really is a beautiful project and they keep having the same issues with their pictures getting deleted and flagged from both Facebook and Instagram. It's absolutely ridiculous the pictures that can stay up of women half naked but pictures like the one you posted and other women breastfeeding are taken down. It drives me crazy that their rules are backwards!

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  13. I have pictures of my girls nursing their baby dolls too. That's all they know. And I take pictures of me nursing my baby since she will be my last. I want to remember our bonding time forever.

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  14. Of all the things to mark as offensive, people are crazay. Do you! I saw nothing wrong with this post whatsoever.

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  15. My daughter does this as well! I completely encourage it as well. Shame on that person for reporting it. Breastfeeding IS normal. It's people like that person that makes it "less accepted" than formula. Keep posting and encouraging breastfeeding! You're a great mom! :)

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  16. Breasts are for breast feeding our culture is so backwards it's sad!

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  17. Please repost the picture...on Instagram.

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  18. what dodo reported this...my little girl did this too. Good grief.

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  19. Amen! There is nothing wrong, there is everything RIGHT with that photo. It burns me up that we have to fight so hard to normalize such a natural and GOOD thing.

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  20. When I saw that I was afraid you would get flack for it, which is absolutely ridiculous. People are so STUPID and it pisses me off.
    We should flood Instagram with feeds of nursing just to see how they can keep up with the 'inappropriate' posts.

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  21. I had two babies who absolutely refused to latch on so I pumped. It was absolutely miserable. I made it four months with my first and five months with my second. They also got formula when needed. Would I have breastfed if they would have went for it, absolutely! I feel guilty for switching them to formula so soon. I have decided you just have to do what works for you. I also saw your photo of Twilight Sparkle on Instagram and thought it was the sweetest thing ever!! I have a similar picture of my two nieces (dress-up princess dresses pulled down and everything) feeding their baby dollies while their mom (my sister) fed their baby sister in the background. It is one of my sister's most cherished pictures! Some people just need to get a life and get over themselves! You rock!

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  22. It is prob not the breast feeding that got it banned its your half naked 5 year old. Unfortunately, there are a lot of sick people out there that can take an image like that photoshop it and make it creepy and used for horrible purposes. Unless your daughter used as jag off material is totally cool with you.

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    1. Half naked? Her shoulders are showing...I don't see how that is showing too much. If there was more showing then I could see how someone could use the photo for there own disgusting needs but I'm not seeing how they could manipulate this photo. Megan wouldn't post a pic that would put her daughter out there for all the perverts!

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    2. Her shoulder was showing, I think the term "half naked" is kind of absurd.

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    3. Half Naked? She is showing less skin than she would if she was wearing a swim suit in the summer! Should all mothers just refuse to post pictures of their children bc there are perverts in the world? It was a beautiful moment and she had every right to post it and not fear it would be used as "jag off material" as you so eloquently put it.

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    5. Wow. I don't see where this can be considered half naked. Also, that last sentence was very offensive and seems to have been written only to get a reaction. Shame on you.

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  23. I almost reposted that photo on my IG for the #100happydays because it just made me HAPPY! It's a beautiful thing that Madison is playing mommy and exactly how GOD intended.

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    1. OMG.. I almost reposted it as well!!!! Then I thought reposting someone elses kid would be creepy lol. But I loved it and thought it was beautiful.

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  24. I agree - there is nothing NOTHING wrong with this picture! She isn't even showing any inappropriate skin. Seriously, there are WAY MORE awfully inappropriate pictures out there... Those should be deleted not THIS!
    This is absolutely precious!

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  25. ^tallv..half naked?? eye exam stat, miss. but at least your heart is in the right place...could use some sensitivity training, though, sheesh.

    it's terrible that natural is "so offensive" these days... :-/

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    1. half naked, nightgown pulled down whatever..I stand by what I said. I also never said that this act is "so offensive". I see nothing wrong with feeding a baby, a child emulating her mother etc...it is perfectly natural and normal and shouldn't be shameful. However, again, it was prob flagged for the 5 year old with her shirt pulled down exposing her chest NOT the act of breast feeding. Creepy people out there. Also, the internet isn't a private little thing that no one knows about..she is 5 for crying out loud all these pics of her can and probably will be seen by classmates one day..and kids are cruel. Rant over and yes my jag off comment was a bit harsh....masturbating material--keep it PC.

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    2. TallV, I agree with you. It's not the breast feeding that flagged. And in all honestly, I think it getting flagged may have saved her daughter from who knows who looking at it and doing what they want to it. Well, not really, since her IG account sent followers to this bog entry.

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    3. You see more skin in a tank top and shorts, than what this kid is wearing. Wow, just WOW.

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    4. AGREED! It doesn't matter what sane women think, if pervs can get off on this stuff, then I think IG did you a favor.

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    5. I don't see anything wrong with your daughter understanding what mommy is doing with baby brother all the time on her boob. Obviously she needs to know he is eating, and this is great that she understands what mom's boobs are really for - nutrition for a baby. Also, nothing wrong with her taking care of her play baby and nurturing - this is how we grow into good mommies!

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  26. This is not cool at all! Such a stupid society we live in sometimes. And you know, it's only the western world that has sexualized the breast. Other cultures see it only as a way to feed babies. That why you will see a lot of African mothers completely nude from the waist up. I can't believe someone would report this as inappropriate.

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  27. Yet we are supposed to tolerate all the other "junk" out on social media, but not breast feeding? It's amazing how backwards our society is!

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  28. While I am pro breast feeding, and teaching your daughter the benefits of breast feeding, I do find this picture to be inappropriate to be put out there for any Joe shmo to look at. You have no idea who is looking at your pictures, and I find it uncomfortable to have a little girl with her breast out. My parents are police officers, so I tend to think there are bad people in the world. I think the picture is cute to share with family and close friends, but not the world. But that's just me.

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    2. Her breast is completely covered by the dolls head, even someone staring CLOSELY at the photo would not see her bare skin except on her shoulders. Should she also stop posting pics of TS in tank tops? I also believe there are a lot of bad people in the world but by changing our actions and lives just bc we fear them, we are letting them win. Mothers shouldn't be controlled by fear

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    3. I just don't think the photo was flagged for breast feeding. I feel like people are focused on that, when I think the real issue is part of a little girl was exposed. I think it's great to show your friends and loved ones, when they know the breast feeding part is the focus and is cute. I do not think it's appropriate to share with people you don't know, not knowing their intentions. I don't think mothers should be controlled by fear, but they should be ale to recognize that their CAN be misconstrued and provide material for bad people, People just shouldn't put themselves in positions where they can be harmed. But focus on the breast feeding part if that makes you feel better.

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    4. Im not focusing on the breastfeeding, I believe you are right and that is probably why it was removed but I still think that is wrong. Anything can and will be photo shopped if a pedophile gets ahold of it. But in my opinion we should continue to live our lives the way we want (i.e. sharing photos on blogs and instagram) and not be paralyzed by the fear of these people.What i was getting at is a picture of a family vacation to the beach can have mom and dad photo shopped out and an adult male sex partner photo shopped in but instagram wont be deleting out family photos any time soon. And we wouldn't think twice to post them. Its the same thing.

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  29. Anyone who nurses and has other little kids has probably had their other kids do this. My friends' kids all do this (and we laugh), and my kids did this (well, my daughter did...not my sons..haha!). In fact, when I had my middle son, my daughter was 2 1/2. My cousin had her second baby a couple months before me. She came to visit and brought her daughter who's the same age as my daughter. We caught my daughter and her daughter in rocking chairs in my daughter's room, "nursing" baby dolls. It was hilarious. I don't know why people have a problem w/ your picture. It's funny to me b/c it reminds me of my daughter and my friends' kids.

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  30. You're awesome! Good job breastfeeding and teaching your daughter the benefits of breastfeeding and for sharing this picture. It's hard work and it's important. Suck it Instagram.

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  31. That is completely crazy! I, too, stand behind you 100%!
    BREAST IS BEST!

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  32. WOW, that is absolutely mind blowing and really unfortunate! This sounds like a story to be on 20/20 or something. Amazing how society finds something so natural and normal, something that has been done since the beginning of time - to be appauling. However it has become acceptable to woman, even young women to post pics of themselves flaunting their goods. Your picture was just an innocent little girl, acting like a precious little mamma to her doll. Keep teaching her Meg, someday she'll make an excellent mother. Screw society!

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  33. Just remember, opinions are like a$$holes - everyone has one ;) YOU ROCK MAMA!!!!

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  34. if you ever find out who flagged it, you should send them this article. They'll probably want to flag the whole site for the way these people are raising their daughter, but I think it's pretty amazing.
    http://sprinterlife.com/2013/10/save-the-boobies-save-the-world.html

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  35. WHAT!?!? I can't believe they would take that off. I thought it was adorable! That's what boobs are for!! I'm not a public breast feeder but I always try to nurse my kids for as long as I can. I think it's better for them.

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  36. I loved this picture. And see nothing wrong with it at all.

    But I probably wouldn't have posted it. But then again I probably wouldn't tell the world about my weight loss and fertility struggles.

    I think it's great that you as a woman and mother are telling the world this is natural.

    And for whomever says "well there are pervs in the world", my response is that those pervs look for children in 2 piece bathing suit pictures, they look for pictures of girls in short shorts, or they look for girls that look normal. You cannot stop perverts from being perverts.

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  37. Crazy! My daughter did the same thing, and I thought it was SOOOO sweet that she would pretend to be a mommy and lovingly "feed" her baby. I wish I had taken pictures of it!!
    She IS NOT HALF NAKED! That is just insane!

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  38. I love the picture and think it's absolutely beautiful and wonderful that you're teaching her that nursing is a great choice. I nursed for 15 months and had so many people say how gross it was that I nursed passed a year, I think it was wonderful for both Millie and I and if I had another I sure would let Millie see me nurse and if she mimicked it'd be beautiful I think. Motherly instinct starts young. ;)

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  39. proud of you for raising you daughter the way you and Oliver and and proud of you for calling this out and sticking up for it. its natural. she's a little girl emulating you. couldn't be cuter and speak to the safe great home she's being raised in!! God Bless!

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  40. Seriously?!?! So when someone posts a before/after weight loss pic, almost naked, they will keep that up. Or when they are posting selfies in their under clothes that is ok. BUT a girl mimicking what her mother does, which is the natural cycle of life, that is taken down. There is nothing wrong with this picture, there are no inappropriate parts showing and yet it's offensive. They are wrong and this world is backwards!

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  41. Great pic! Sad that someone had to take it to a level it should never have been brought to! Keep up the good work.

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  42. I agree with you whole heartedly. After all this is what God intended them for. I believe they are close minded for this progressive world we are in. I nursed my kids and my daughters have also. Would they take down a picture of a child mimicking a smoking parent, probably not. This is absurd, come one instagram!

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  43. I love that you can have a picture of naked boobs but not this. Sorry but people that freak out about bf'ing....how do they think babies ate before formula? We have turned into a society that thinks boobs are sexual only. Sorry, God gave them to us to feed babies...not to show them for beads......

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  44. I see nothing offensive with this pic! I thought that it was sweet. I so wanted to breastfeed my kids but was unable too. I agree there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding and everyone needs to do what is best for their families. However, when did we become so offended by others opinions????

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  45. That is just RE-DONK-U-LOUS! I think it's a beautiful thing that she mimics you so much - kudos to you for fostering forward thinking and a wider view in your kiddos!!! Thanks for always keeping it real girl!

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  46. I see far worse posts on IG from teenagers. I am apalled by what today's society deems, inappropriate. We should all be very concerned that normal things are now frowned upon. As the kids now say, SMH...

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  47. That's a shame. My daughter did the exact same thing with her two baby dolls after seeing me nurse my twins. There is nothing wrong with this picture at all.

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  48. I thought this picture was adorable. Kudos to you for setting such a great example for Madison

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  49. Wow. Just wow. I am shocked and appalled. Beautiful picture Meg and beautiful story behind it. Keep it up.

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  50. On a different note... what kind of formula do you give him? I am leaving Beckett with my parents this weekend and I'm not sure if he'll have enough breast milk to go all weekend - it's going to be close. We found some Similac "supplement formula" that we were sent a sample of. It's liquid and supposed to be for breastfeeding moms who want to supplement with formula. I'm considering doing what you do with a formula bottle here and there, when out in public, or when needed. I'm not comfortable nursing in public (I flash sooo much boob, even with a nursing cover), and pumping 3-4x a day at work to keep a supply up at home is tough. Have you noticed that the formula has given A any tummy issues?

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    1. smiliac for breastfeeding mothers, haha. haven't had any issues with it like gas or spitting up.

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  51. That's what's wrong with this world! Ridiculous. And yet people can post pics of half naked women and that's perfectly fine. I'm just shocked. Well, at least you know we're all standing behind you! Keep on, girl.

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  52. I thought it was adorable, and it shows that she not only looks up to you but knows it's ok to be comfortable with doing things moms do. The last thing a little girl needs is someone telling her something she's doing is inappropriate when she's already building insecurities with age, and it's sad that they'd encourage that. Proud of you for sticking to your guns!

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  53. People are ridiculous! I hate how close-minded they can be about breastfeeding. I BF'd my son for 18 months and got a lot of comments on it (good and bad). Who cares how you feed your baby? And the more moms who do it in public and teach their other children that it's natural, the less shame our daughters will feel for choosing to feed their children in the most natural way.

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  54. Amen! And ugh. This is how my 2 year old feeds her babies and I've posted VIDEOS of her doing it. Shame shame instagram.

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  55. Wow!! I cannot even believe that!! Ridiculous! Nothing wrong with that pic!

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  56. Sad. I live in the deep south and there are so many people uncomfortable with it still! SMH

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  57. It is very sad that this was reported. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this picture, I actually think it is very sweet!

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  58. I am a proud nursing momma. I've tried to nurse my babies as long as I could. That being sad my daughter and even some of my daycare kids pretended to feed their babies too. I don't think their is anything vulgar or inappropriate in this photo. What do find interesting is that IG or others find nothing wrong with a woman in a barely there bikini or outfit. Or a little girl playing in her pool with just a diaper on. That's ok and this isn't.
    I'm just really really in shock.

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  59. I hate Instagram. All I see are pictures of real "half-naked" people and rude comments. I can't believe that society thinks it is acceptable for grown ass women to act like idiots by showing their breasts, rears, and lord know what else but it is not acceptable to show something as innocent as this? WTH is wrong with this world?

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  60. Crazy that a sweet picture like that gets deemed inappropriate. I have a cousin that is a "model" in Las Vegas. Her Instagram pics are insane. Mostly nothing but T&A, lingerie, or completely nude wearing nothing but body paint. Her pictures don't get flagged and taken down. But show a little girl bearing a shoulder and emualting her mommy is inappropriate? Sad.

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  61. Wow. Shame on Instagram indeed.

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  62. Shame on them. I just don't get why people think just because something isn't right them it shouldn't be right for anyone. Gesh, they need to just mind their business. Kuddo's to you for breastfeeding and being a great role model for Twilight Sparkle

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  63. OMG. Shame on the person who tagged it and for Instagram agreeing with them. Breastfeeding has been around for as long as people, it's natural and healthy. And we aren't the only animals that do it! Ugh,... some people just can't let others be happy and have a nice day. I've seen some of the crap that they allow on instagram by accidently hitting a hashtag that had some inappropriate content with it... that they allow but not this?!?! Good for you for putting it on here so people can see. She's doing a natural thing that we should celebrate instead of making people feel ashamed.

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  64. Even though it is not something you can imagine or want to think about there are people out there who will misuse this picture. I have worked in family crimes/child pornography and sex trafficking division for over 10 years. I have seen pictures exactly like this where the doll head has been replaced with a photoshopped head of an adult male. The altered pictures are then sent world wide (literally world wide - to large child pornography rings in Russia, Thailand, etc.) and shared among pedophiles. I have seen innocent photos of children taking bubble baths, eating ice cream, playing the flute at a school concert that have been turned into disgusting pornographic pictures that spread like wild fires and cannot be erased from the internet once they are out there. Just be mindful when you put up pictures that appear innocent that they can be used in very non-innocent ways.

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    1. This makes me want to take down all photos of my kids from IG and my blog. Gah. I can't imagine working in that division. Thank you for helping to protect our children!

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    2. Wow! You truly would never think of things like that- but in this world we have to! I agree that it was wrong to be flagged because of the breastfeeding but maybe it was a blessing in disguise!! I can only imagine the frustration you have from social media every day- but know that you are doing good and helping so many-in ways you don't understand! Love Skinny Meg!!

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  65. That's so sad :(. This picture was soo beautiful. When I saw it I thought "Wow what a powerful picture!".

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  66. This is coming from someone that doesn't have children. I don't see anything wrong with it. She's fulled dressed. She's doing what mom is doing, which isn't wrong but a lot of people "hate on it". You're a role model & she is a little girl that's learning from wonderful parents. At least you're not like some IGs that think its cute posting videos of their kids saying a curse word. That's just down right stupid!
    I give you & Oliver 2 thumbs up.

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  67. That's so sad. I thought it was sweet that Madison was mimicking you. Shame on whoever flagged it as inappropriate......chalk it up to closed-minded stupidity!

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  68. Wow! I can't believe they deleted it. They delete that but but half naked people with actual nipples showing through the shirt? Crazy!

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  70. I thought this was a very sweet picture and I am sorry that people feel the need to put their negativity on display.

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  71. I personally think it is a beautiful photo and one that I would treasure, but not post on the internet for exactly the reasons that Hannah Lyn has stated. I don't think the issue here is breastfeeding but rather the possibility of some creep out there misusing your sweet girl's photo.

    I highly recommend the book "My Body is My Own" by Ty Ritter - he works in recovering children who have been abducted and sold into sex slavery - and the book talks a lot about general safety for our children by someone who has seen the most heinous things happen to them. I know that seems extreme when we're just talking about such a beautiful photo of your daughter, but that book really opened my eyes as to how much I share online about myself and my children. (I still probably share too much to be honest.)

    I fully support breastfeeding so please don't think this is an anti-breastfeeding comment. I didn't even think twice about the photo when I saw it but Hannah's comment will hopefully resonate with everyone that the pic being flagged doesn't necessarily mean anyone is anti-breastfeeding. It is absolutely a gorgeous photo but there are really really bad people out there.

    Big hugs -

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  72. So half naked women are OK, but this picture isn't?!! How crazy!! I thought this picture was so adorable and I think it's amazing, as a mom, that you are so open with Madison because it's real life! That just blows my mind that someone would think was inappropriate.

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  73. I don't know if IG told you the reason it was flagged but I suspect it had nothing to do with breast feeding and everything to do with protecting your child. I just see a child copying a normal everyday activity, but there are bad people out there who could try to exploit the picture for their own twisted and sick purposes.

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  74. i seem to be in the minority here, but i don't think this is an issue of the world finding breast feeding offensive. i think it's the fact that it's a child doing something that could possibly be viewed as sexual to the wrong audience. i personally do no find it offensive and i'm sure many of your friends/followers don't either. however, there are creepy creepsters out there and this is a public blog and instagram. my mother, a school teacher and special education teacher for 23+ years, once interviewed at an alternative school and was instructed that if she took the job she was not allowed to wear sandals. Why? Because some of the students (adolescent males) had extreme foot fetishes and it would be the equivalent of her walking in to work in a bathing suit.

    The picture is sweet and personal. Not everything a child does deserves to be blasted on social media accompanied by photographic evidence.

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  75. We all know pervs are out there, obviously I choose to share my life as a blogger and that picture showed no sexual body parts. If IG deleted it because of protecting a child shouldn't they delete every picture of my children? Why only this one? That's my point. Breastfeeding is natural not sexual! Posting pics of my children is a personal decision that I make, pervs will use ANY picture. They could also be leering at children on a playground so maybe we shouldn't go there either? You choose your own line on the sand.

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    1. it's a great debate! seriously! I mean children have no say in how much or little their life is shared online or realize the consequences - so why wouldn't instagram make a blanket policy of no photos of children on public accounts? why did this get singled out? what was their thought process? it would be great to read their reasoning and how they make those calls. i don't think you should stop posting based on account of this, as it is your family and your decision.

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    2. While there is not a nipple showing, a sexual part is exposed. I really believe people are naïve to think this is a breast feeding debate. If you search #breastfeed there are tons of pictures on IG not flagged and deleted. This is not about breastfeeding. This is about a little girl being exposed. If you choose to expose your child, that's your business, be aware you are giving pedophiles material. It's about having some common sense. Just because you nor I see this sexually, doesn't mean that someone else doesn't. Obviously IG and whoever flagged it felt the same way. I honestly think your effort and anger here are misplaced.

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    3. Perfect example of why this reason doesnt hold up: There is a photo of TS wrapped in a towel with her hair in a towel with MORE of her shoulders showing (which by the way is the ONLY body part shown in this photo so I don't know where you're getting "sexual part") but the photo in the towel is still up. So obviously the act of breastfeeding (with no breast shown) is what a reader and instagram thought to be SEXUAL. This is the fact of our society, people still view breasts as solely sexual objects and therefore see the act of breastfeeding as inappropriate. People like meg and other mothers who are trying to Normalize breastfeeding are teaching children, and other members of our overtly sexual society, to change how they think of breasts and that's why its important that photos like these and stories like these be posted to make people aware just how backwards our country's thought process really is.

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    4. Breasts are sexual objects. They serve a purpose in the circle of life, but they are sexualized parts. The pictures of grown women with their breasts out on IG have not been flagged. Why? Maybe because they are grown women who choose to put their pictures on line. The difference here is that this child is not responsible to choose to put her breast on IG for the world to see. Someone is trying too make sure this little girl is not being exposed to pedophiles. Unfortunately the person who is responsible still thinks this is about breast feeding, and not about the pedophiles. Breast feeding is wonderful and I think it's great to normalize it in society, but don't use a child to help the cause.

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    5. But Julie, They don't have to cover the breasts of young children in diaper commercials...Even those who are noticeably female. Also I don't think Meg's intent was to use her child as a "breast is best" add. On the contrary as someone who has a LOT of experience with children from a therapeutic lens, for her daughter to follow her and model these behaviors is an awesome thing. She's teaching her the very things that are going to mold her into a productive member of society with little to no chance of being on public assistance. If that's wrong...then I humbly request that everyone start being wrong so that they can put me out of work. While I love my job and the kids I get to help, I'd be much happier in a world where my counseling services are no longer needed.

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    6. This is stupid. There was nothing wrong or sexual about that picture. If people choose to view it sexually, that their PROBLEM. The picture should have absolutely been left up; her breasts were not showing, breastfeeding is natural, and she was mimicking her mother. Anyone else who saw the picture any differently has problems. In no way, shape, or form was it "sexual".

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  76. There is NOTHING wrong with this picture! I, thankfully, had a lot of support breastfeeding my daughter, but I know there are many people who aren't in the same situation. You are teaching your daughter one of the many AMAZING things that a woman's body can do, and if people think that it has ANYTHING to do with being "sexual", then they are simply ignorant.

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  77. I don't think anyone disagrees that breastfeeding is natural and not a sexual act. And you are absolutely right that posting pics of your kids is your decision and pervs can use any photo.There are absolutely pervs everywhere and I'm sure we all interact with some of them without ever knowing it. I think those of us who pointed out the perv angle were just trying to give you a different perspective. I choose not to post a lot of pictures of my kids because that's something I have a little control over (whereas we obviously don't have control over who goes to a park or playground). I think my paranoia comes from Ty Ritters book and watching too much Law and Order SVU. I don't blame you for being pissed off for the photo being deleted. I'm not saying they were right to do so. I think this has opened up a good discussion.

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  78. people are insane. there is absolutely nothing wrong with breastfeeding. As a Labor and Delivery nurse I am always up for moms for want help with breastfeeding. it is so natural!

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  79. I normally don't comment on any blog I read, but I feel the need to do so on this post. In MY opinion there is absolutely nothing wrong with that picture...in fact I think it is a beautiful picture. It not only represents a little girl wanting to be just like her Mommy, but an incredibly special and wonderful thing a woman can do with her body...FEED HER CHILD. I agree 100% with you, shame on instagram and shame on whoever flagged that picture.

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  80. I think there is nothing wrong with the picture and shame on Instagram for deleting it....

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  81. I'm surprised there's breastfeeding shame in the U.S. And I'm especially surprised that this picture was considered inappropriate (it's not) when there is some REALLY sketchy stuff on instagram.

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  82. Megan, I agree with you. I put up a video of my 1 year old learning how to splash in the bath last year on Instagram and Facebook. You could see her back and her legs, but nothing else. The next evening, I found out some creeper had shared my video to her page, even though I had major privacy settings up. We went back and forth and I got it deleted. Here's how I feel about it: If I sit and think about how many awful people are out there, I will never leave my house. Who knows who is looking at my kid when I take her to the mall, or to the park, or even to church? I want to teach her to be smart and careful, but not to live in fear. I am cautious about putting up baby bath pictures, but do I still post photos of my child to my Instagram? Yes. Because her joy encourages people. Her happy personality is the thread holding a lot of my family together. I will be smart, but I will not let fear rule my or my kid's life.

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  83. ugh that makes me so sad. I hate that the world we live in like this. Making women feel ashamed for breastfeeding, and honestly that's part of what held me back from doing it for my two, it was hard and I did try it with my son and I just couldn't stick it out, but part of me felt shameful about it which is soooooo ridiculous! and I dont think I've ever admitted that and maybe it was my upbringing who knows, but I'm glad you called out instagram for this. Maybe some day the world will be different, all we can do is empower one girl at a time :)

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  84. I am a breast feeding mom as well and I thought this picture was cute! I also thought that is wonderful that she will know my mom nursed so I want to do that too! My older children are 7 and 10 and they were embarrassed by it but I just told them its very natural and that is why god has mothers make milk in the first place! (and that they were breast fed as well) I am hoping my daughter will know that its ok to choose to breastfeed as well!

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  85. I thought the picture of Madison was adorable and I can't believe it was flagged - definitely ridiculous. I agree that BFing is a personal choice but I think it is great that you are promoting it with your daughter - and that it is a natural thing for her to experience. My older daughter is only 2.5 so she isn't as interested in me breastfeeding her sister at the moment, but she is learning that there is milk there and that's how babies eat :)

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  86. My coworker showed this to me and asked if there was anything wrong with it (she doesnt think so), and I laughed. When I was about 20 months my younger brother was born, and so all I saw was my mom breastfeeding. I never used the bottles to feed my baby dolls, I would walk around with the doll under my shirt because that is what I saw. So many little girls cut the dolls hair, pulls the head off, dunks them in the toliet, throws them around, colors on the face so shame on anyone treating a baby doll like a baby, right? Ridiculous. Good for you for standing up for this, Instagram is in the wrong.

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  87. I found your post through bloglovin' and when I read this my mind flew through the roof. That is absurd and ridiculous.. What is the world coming to, honestly. x
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  88. I am shocked this was flagged. I thought it was so sweet and innocent of Madison.

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  89. That is just crazy! Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things and lots of little girls copy "breastfeeding" their dolls. There is NOTHING wrong with that and nothing wrong with this picture. People baffle me!

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  90. It is so sad that these things happen:( Our bodies were meant to nurse babies!!!

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  91. After skimming through the comments I am less irritated about the flagging of the photo. I do think it is a lovely moment caught by you and don't think there is anything wrong with it. Sadly, I do realize that people could misuse it. I also think there is an appropriate way to mention that and a way to only cause a reaction. Keep doing what you are doing. You seem to be a great Mom that would NEVER do anything to put your child in a harmful situation.

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  92. WOW! That's just disgusting -- that it was flagged! Not that you posted it! I think it's adorable, special and admirable that your sweet daughter wants to be a mama like you!

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  93. People are crazy! Thank you for posting this anyway, megan. You are awesome!

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  94. People are crazy! Thank you for posting this anyway, megan. You are awesome!

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  95. Beautiful picture, Megan!!! I prefer to see something like this that seeing kids playing with baby dolls and bottles!!!! If we think about it, most of the baby dolls come with a bottle and/or a pacifier! Why do we accepted that which is completely artificial and not what are natural and so healthy????Thank so much for posting this, Megan!!!!

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  96. Breasts are for feeding your infant. Children imitate their mothers. If TS was a boy would this have been flagged? And, yes, people are indeed C.R.A.Z.Y.

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