- Posted August 5, 2013 by
Video removed from YouTube for breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week
I represent the Alameda County Breastfeeding coalition. We helped one of our members and fellow Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) produce a video that positively celebrated breastfeeding that was removed by YouTube over the weekend presumably for having images of infants breastfeeding!
This week marks the height of local and (inter)national celebrations marking World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Further, at a time when we are doing exhaustive work and research to encourage and promote breastfeeding particularly for the most vulnerable populations, we wanted to bring attention to these senseless policies.
The video not only celebrated breastfeeding, but was done in and with a community that has been very successful in recent years with increasing breastfeeding rates among African Americans – whose breastfeeding rates have been noted to be among the lowest nationally. Here in Alameda County, for the first time in over 20 years, these rates have climbed to almost 25% (exclusive breastfeeding)! This is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated widely rather than sanctioned.
In a conversation this morning with one of our colleagues, she mentioned that YouTube has a video of a woman being decapitated yet positive, musical images of breastfeeding – the most natural and healthy thing – are removed?
Please feel free to contact me. Although I am the Lactation Program Manager here at Highland, I am also the co-chair of the Alameda County Breastfeeding Coalition. In honor of WBW, we will be having an event at Preservation Park tomorrow evening - where we plan to show this video in recognition of the tireless and innovative efforts our members have created to positively reflect breastfeeding and its health benefits. We would be happy if you would consider this story and/or attend the event to see the video for yourselves.