• Tue, Aug 27 - 3:35 pm ET

Is Naked Breastfeeding Yoga Mom Obnoxiously Self Righteous Or Just Plain Right? (NSFW)

naked breastfeeding yoga mom

If you haven’t heard of Naked Breastfeeding Yoga Mom, you are probably one of the billions of people who doesn’t care about Instagram drama. You know what that makes you? Just fine. Here a quick rundown:

  • Amy Woodruff posted a photo on Instagram of herself naked doing yoga while her baby nursed back in 2011 under the account name Daughter of the Sun.
  • Her account went viral and she earned the named Naked Breastfeeding Yoga Mom.
  • After doing an interview with BabyCenter recently, she’s re-gone viral.
  • This weekend, Instagram deactivated her account.
  • Her fans went totally crazy and started posting with the hashtag #SaveDaughterOfTheSun.

Now, I’m a little conflicted on this whole situation. On the one hand, as I have said in the past, I do not believe social media sites are obligated to post anything they do not want to. Yeah, it sucks that large platforms might ban content it deems unacceptable, but not being able to post whatever you want utilizing a company’s product is not the same as, say, holding a peaceful protest.

On the other hand, I find it bizarre and sad that people would consider breastfeeding photos unacceptable of uncomfortable, but apparently, that’s exactly what is the issue here. Instagram told HuffPo this with regard to the situation:

“Instagram has a clear set of guidelines that make it clear what is and isn’t allowed.”

“While we cannot comment on individual accounts, we followed our usual protocol on this occasion and took action on content that broke our community guidelines.”

“We encourage people who come across content that makes them uncomfortable to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo or video on Instagram.”

Instagram’s community standards list nudity as a no-no, though, so there must have been quite a few people who clicked the “Report” button for this to be a big enough issue warranting an account deactivation.

In a blog post, Amy says:

My community on Instagram holds a very dear place in my heart and I am beyond grateful for the support and outpour of love that has come through. If my Instagram account is not reinstated, then so be it! I will continue to create and share more beauty whether on Instagram or beyond! Let’s not attach ourselves to the imagery but LIVE the actual message! Much of the Instagram community has come together to help spread the love. If you feel called to reach out you can hashtag #savedaughterofthesun on Instagram.

 

Thank you Instagram.

I love you,
I’m sorry,
Please forgive me.
Eh, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: the “I love you, Instagram” stuff sounds kind of weird and desperate. I don’t love any social media platform enough to say I love it or to beg its forgiveness.
Nevertheless, I am still pretty bummed at the fact that people would deem breastfeeding photos remotely unacceptable, and I think that is the biggest issue to me. What do you all think?
What We're Reading:
Share This Post:
  • CK

    A few things to point out from her blog:

    1. The caption on the photo of the little girl in the yoga pose, “This is the result of a child who has been raised close to the earth and in tune with the Mother.”

    umm…Ok. I could achieve the same result if I asked my niece to pose for a picture in the same way, so let’s save the self-righteous “look at how peaceful and serene my child is compared to other kids raised differently” tone for when said child is actually an ADULT and such personality traits can actually be measured.

    2. The entire “Elements Gathering” post

    I don’t know the backgrounds of the people in attendance, but it looks to me like a lot of Native American cultural elements (teepees, pelts, arrowheads, basket weaving, etc) and a whole lot of white people conducting these work shops and calling them PRIMITIVE??? Does anyone else see the problem with this or am I being oversensitive? (I do that sometimes)

    3. The “Balinese Goddess” post

    “Much gratitude to my Cali sisters who helped to reawaken the Bali Bliss and another huge heart bow to the indigenous woman of Bali who inspired this shoot.”…followed by a bunch of Tumblr-y topless hipster photos. It’s all well and good to appreciate other cultures, but this is not the way to do it. (there’s nothing wrong with nudity, but the indigenous ladies of Bali wear clothing and do not wear flower crowns)

    So on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Obnoxiously Self Righteous) I’d say she’s about a 7…definitely more OBNOXIOUS than self righteous.

    Just be clear — I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with breast feeding photos, they’re natural and beautiful. I think this lady has other things she might want to get into check besides the backlash from that photo.

  • kj

    All I can think is of how dangerous that looks, like I am just waiting for her to fall over onto the kid.

  • JustAnExcuse

    I’m sure the issue has much more to do with her nudity than anything else.