"I don't see Facebook taking down photos of anyone else eating in public," said Susan Burger, president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association. "People need to start realizing that babies need to eat in the normal way that they were supposed to eat. No one else is expected to eat under a blanket or in a bathroom or only at home… Of all the members of society that one could harass, why would anyone want to harass babies and the mothers who are caring for them?"
And most of the time, a woman's nipple and areola are not exposed when breastfeeding her child, said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, director of the Human Lactation Study Center at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
"One sees more of the breast with present day fashions than when a baby is suckling," said Lawrence. "If this is nudity, then there is nudity everywhere, on the street, on TV and online. Children should grow up knowing breastfeeding is normal, natural, and essential to infant care."
Dr. Kathleen Marinelli, a physician at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, agreed and said society is much more comfortable allowing marketing companies to use breasts to sell beers and cars than seeing a woman using her breasts in their most natural and functioning form.
"It's a very convoluted way of seeing things," said Marinelli. "We need not sexualize breasts and see them in their natural form. I think Facebook pictures of women breastfeeding would help normalize this perception."