Facebook apparently removed the picture of the 10 female soldiers feeding their little ones just hours after it was uploaded by Air Force veteran, photographer and mum Tara Ruby.
Tara took the pic to support mums in the military who want to breastfeed their babies and shared it under the normalisebreastfeeding hashtag.
Posting the pic on her Facebook page Tara wrote: “Today I believe we made history. To my knowledge a group photo to show support of active duty military mummies nursing their littles has never been done.”
Tara was inspired to take the photo after discovering that one US army camp was setting up a nursing room for breastfeeding mums – something that was never available when she was on active service.
“I was active duty a long time ago when support for breastfeeding mums wasn’t even an option or a consideration,” Tara explained.
She said she felt that women in the military had come ‘so far now’, and that a serving soldier who was breastfeeding her baby was not ‘less of a soldier’ but a ‘better one’.
“Juggling the tasks and expectations of a soldier, plus providing for their own in the best way they possibly can, makes these ladies even stronger for it,” Tara wrote.
“I want to say thank you to everyone that saw my vision, and helped us in succeeding in making it come true. I am 100% for #normalisebreastfeeding.”
The picture was reportedly removed by Facebook from not only Tara’s page but also from one called Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, suggesting that someone had reported it as unsuitable content.
Tara uploaded the pic again after discovering it had disappeared from her feed and her wall, while a member from Breastfeeding in Combat Boots also re-posted the image, and confirmed their original upload had disappeared: “This beautiful photo, taken by Tara Ruby Photography, has been removed from both her page and this one already today. I’m reposting it again to show the world that you can be in the military and successful at breastfeeding,” the page owner wrote.
Picture: Tara Ruby/Facebook
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