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Dear Tabby,

Thank you for your feedback. Please allow me to explain, as the controversy surrounding this issue appears to stem from a misunderstanding.

LiveJournal has always placed restrictions on default userpics, as the default userpic is visible in many public areas throughout the site, including the Directory, the Schools Directory, and the profile page. These restrictions are detailed in http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=111. We feel it's important to strike a balance between the ideal of free expression and the rights of, for instance, a parent to prevent their child from seeing unsolicited material that the parent feels is non-age-appropriate or the right of an individual to be able to browse public LiveJournal spaces without being exposed to nudity or violence.

There are not blanket restrictions on default userpics depicting the act of breastfeeding, and the restrictions have nothing to do with targetting or restricting breastfeeding activism or awareness campaigns. We must hold to as clear and consistent a guideline as possible to determine the appropriateness of default userpics, in order to ensure that our standards are enforced equally for every user. Any usericon in which unclothed breasts or genitalia are visible is therefore inappropriate for use as a default icon, and when such icons are reported to the Abuse team, the user is asked to make that icon non-default. If an icon depicting the act of breastfeeding does not also depict a clearly visible unclothed breast in which the areola or nipple is visible, it does not fall into this category.

We do not prohibit people from using icons that are inappropriate for use as a default icon as a non-default icon, as the issue is not with the depiction of the icons themselves but their use in areas, again such as the Directory and the Schools Directory, which have been designated "nudity free". Non-default userpics are not held to the same standard, as they can only be visible in entries, comments, and communities, all of which are "user space" as opposed to "LiveJournal application space".

The application of this policy to icons depicting breastfeeding is not in any way intended to be a statement that breastfeeding is dirty, shameful, or obscene. We fully support our users' right to make their own decisions regarding parenting choices and styles, and we appreciate the dedication of parents who have chosen to participate in breastfeeding activism and education.

We ask only that you are willing to extend the same support and appreciation to, for instance, parents who choose to believe that it is inappropriate for their children to view unsolicited nudity in public. The physical-world analogy is not perfect in this situation; breastfeeding is indeed perfectly legal in public places, but in a public place, another parent is also able to cover a child's eyes or remove a child from the area if he or she believes that such an action is inappropriate for their child to see. We feel that the restrictions we have always placed on default usericons strike the best balance between individual expression and individual courtesy.

We do agree that in a perfect world, the issue would not arise, but unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and we believe that our solution to the issue is a reasonable compromise between two wildly divergent points of view regarding what is and is not appropriate for LiveJournal -- not simply regarding icons depicting breastfeeding, but all material which a parent or other individual might feel is inappropriate for public.

I apologize for any miscommunications which may have given the impression that LiveJournal is in any way "against" individual parenting choices; the issue is not at all a political one. We welcome and value our pro-breastfeeding users and communities, and appreciate their dedication to and passion for their cause. However, because LiveJournal is a community with extremely varied standards and audiences, we must balance out the interests of all our users, and we have always felt these restrictions are the best possible compromise.


Denise Paolucci

Six Apart, Ltd // LiveJournal.com

So, opinions about this response?
20 May 2006 @ 05:55 pm
I'm sure many of you are aware that there's Drama a-brewin' all over the LJ breastfeeding community at large. Livejournal has decided to rule that breastfeeding icons are inappropriate for use as default userpictures, even though they do not violate the TOS. Now, many of you know that I don't normally read the boob_nazis community, but the original posts regarding this situation were made there, so I'm going to provide the links. Many people who support breastfeeding, regardless of whether they did/do/are doing it currently are switching their default user icons to breastfeeding images in a sort of virtual "nurse-in" to show that what they're trying to do is not only stupid, but the right to nurse in public is protected by law in most places. There are many people who have made new icons for you to use if you wish to join in this fight. If you're one of them, please post a comment so we can borrow your icon!

original post: http://community.livejournal.com/boob_nazis/1737571.html

27 March 2006 @ 09:16 pm
Thank you to everyone who answered my question. I feel so much better and I am glad I have found this community.
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26 March 2006 @ 11:45 pm
Hi I have a question for all you veteran breastfeeders. I am a new breastfeeding mom of a 4 month old. She is apparently big for her age and I have been receiving negative comments such as "the reason she is so big is because you feed her too much" I only feed her when she wants to eat and I thought that breastfed babies are supply and demand am I right? OR is it possible I am feeding her too often. She weighs close to 18 pounds but she has always been in the 75th to 90th percentile for her height and weight since she was born.
07 January 2006 @ 06:25 pm
I just wanted to thank everyone who replied to my question... and it really helped. Im glad I found this community. :) Thanks again. There will probably be more questions in near future :)
05 January 2006 @ 04:01 pm
Hello all.. New here and I have a quick question. When I have our baby in June... I plan on breastfeeding. But, I'll have an extended stay.. from a csection and I know I'll need my rest during the night.. seeing when we leave my hubby will be going back to work and Ill have a toddler and a 5 year old to handle.

Here's the question. Will it be ok to breastfeed during the day.. but pump ..and have the nurses bottle feed him/her at night when I try to rest? Will the baby have trouble latching on the next day? I know I pumped in the hospital with the awesome electric milking machine (lol) and got lots of the colostrum (sp?) the last 2x. My daughter was EBM fed for the 1st couple weeks then I switched to formula.. so the latching on thing wasnt a problem.

I know I pumped in the hospital with my 1st..and then tried breastfeeding for the 1st few weeks but we gave thrush to each other..and I gave up. And I honestly dont remember if he had trouble latching on between the pumping and breast.

Im thinking it shouldnt be too bad of a problem.. but advice from experience would be great :)
30 December 2005 @ 08:26 am
I've just posted the following in my journal, and thought I'd share: it struck me that if anyone is just starting out on breastfeeding, they might want to read the thoughts of someone almost a year down the line. I'm x-posting to a couple of communities so apologies if you see it twice. Read on...Collapse )
28 December 2005 @ 11:01 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Beth and I gave birth to my second daughter December 20th of this year. It was an amazing experience, way better than my first borns! Anyways, to keep a long story short, I had a terrible experience with breastfeeding the first time. A military hosipital and a lacatation consultant who obviously didn't find joy in her job. Needless to say the shot of Depo they gave me 3 days after Samantha was born didn't help either. I dried up in under three weeks and she had to go on formula which was devestating. I also had/have flat nipples so it didn't help either. Complete lack of support probably didn't help with breastfeeding - husband was in the navy and left at her one week birthday for a 3 month cruise!

Anyways, as I said, Naomi was born last week, and I'd decided that I wasn't going to even try breastfeeding. Since she was born so early (4 weeks) and was so tiny (5lbs 3oz) I wanted to be able to monitor her intake. However I became concerned over her immune system and wanted to help and started pumping - with semi success. I went this past Tuesday to see a lactation consultant and was giving a breast shield. This helped her latch and we've been breast feeding since! We are suppliment feeding at least until Friday when we go see the Doctor again and see how her weight is going.

Anyways, I just wanted to say Hi and I look forward to getting to know you all :)
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20 November 2005 @ 05:48 pm
has any one herd that you shouldn't eat too much chocolete while breastfeeding?
15 November 2005 @ 09:57 pm
my 3 week old has been screaming at me all day! I cannot seem to satify him.. is it me? or is this a normal growth thing? if hes not asleep hes screaming for me to feed him.. whats the deal? and hes not sleeping for longer then a half hour.. and hes rooting around like he is still hungary... help...
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