Instagram Now Allows Photos of Women Breast-Feeding

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Last year, one mom said she had her Instagram account shut down after commenters complained about photos that showed her breast-feeding. She said she got her account back up and running after launching a social-media campaign.

Now, in an updated set of guidelines, Instagram has clarified that photos of “women actively breast-feeding” are 100% permitted. Photos of post-mastectomy scars are fair game too. (Images of “sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully nude buttocks” are banned.)

Breast-feeding photos on Instagram have long been a point of contention. In October actress Alyssa Milano posted a photo that showed her breast-feeding her baby and said she was surprised that it sparked backlash. Milano said she “got really sad” that she received so many hateful messages about her choice to share the photo.

The new guidelines also remind users not to share messages that “support or praise terrorism, organized crime or hate groups” or that offer illegal services.

Read Instagram’s complete guidelines here.

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