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18th Apr 2015

Instagram clarifies rules to officially allow breastfeeding pics

The new policy is now in line with Facebook

Sive O'Brien

Instagram has updated its terms of use to officially allow breastfeeding photos to be posted.

An update to the Facebook-owned social network’s community guidelines now clearly outlines in greater detail than before what users are allowed to post.

It states, “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

Its new policy is now in line with Facebook, which recently published an update to its nudity policy, stating that it will no longer censor images of women breastfeeding.

About time too. We’re sure that breastfeeding photos posted by the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Alanis Morissette, Alyssa Milano and Miranda Kerr have all helped make the issue too large for the sites to ignore any longer.