Celebs join Instagram breastfeeding censorship row

Lena Dunham tells Instagram to “get down with the nipple”; Miranda Kerr shares pics of herself nursing her son

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When Girls star and creator Lena Dunham shared a photo of her friend breastfeeding her baby on Instagram, she had to cover up her friend’s nipple to comply with Instagram’s nudity rules – and she wasn’t happy about it.

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“Instagram, get down with the nipple!” she put on the picture’s caption, after writing, “My @sarahsophief feeding the brand new Dusty. I made the flower crown and she added the flower censor. Wish she didn’t have to cuz the nipple is dope.” 

Sarah Sophie, a director and performer with The Citizens Band, also shared the photo on her own Instagram, saying: “Photo by the talented @lenadunham. Flower censor by me, due to instagram’s super-lame blocking of the breastfeeding ladies.”

It’s not the first time celebs have caused a social-media storm by publicly sharing breastfeeding pics: back in April 2011, Victoria’s Secret model, Miranda Kerr, famously Tweeted a picture of herself breastfeeding her baby Flynn and was both praised and criticised for it. 

And Modern Family’s Julie Bowen also shared a picture of her twin boys breastfeeding back in 2009, calling them her little “liposuction machines”.

Instagram have said that they do allow breastfeeding pictures although “we occasionally make a mistake”. But, as they also insist “nudity” in photographs is grounds for removal, it’s clear many breastfeeding pics will fall foul of their nudity rules instead. 

What do you think? Do you think breastfeeding pics should be censored? And would you ever upload photos of yourself breastfeeding onto Twitter or Instagram?

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