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A story about a woman's breastfeeding selfie being banned on Instagram got instant responses from our readers.

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I don't think anyone really cares if a woman wants to breastfeed in public. Nobody expects women to be "having to eat your lunch in a bathroom stall with your head covered by a hot blanket."

All people expect is that breastfeeding is done discreetly and with respect for other people around.

There is a difference between the woman who pulls up her shirt a bit or covers herself with a blanket and the woman who whips out the boob for all to see and unceremoniously attaches the kid. The people who show it off in public and then scoff at the negative feedback are just looking for attention and to prove a point.

-- S Holmes

I breastfed my children and at no time did I feel the need to take a picture of myself feeding my child. First steps... yes. First day of kindergarten... yes. Graduation... yes. Some things need to be captured for your child, your family, and those who love you. Some things, such as feeding your child, and posting it for strangers and family to see... silly.

-- wendy13

Much ado about nothing.

A woman wants to share what she considers a beautiful moment and the puritans get upset.

-- 23729977

She isn't the first woman and she wont be the last to breastfeed her baby. In reality NO ONE CARES. I don't see a picture of the genitalia of the man who made the baby?

To me its just another selfie and another five minutes of fame. Really please, we are tired of attention seeking people. I breastfed my kids in privacy sharing a bonding moment. If I had to go out I it did it discretely. My child and my moment; the bonding was more important. It's like when you go out in public and you can hear other people's conversations. What makes you think we want to hear? Look, everyone has their space and privacy -- respect it. She was thinking more of herself than her baby and most men will think she is an idiot, plain and simple.

-- 47944321

If you don't want to see it, don't look. If she wants a picture of herself feeding her child, it is her business. And since when is using your breasts for what they were intended to be used for a dirty or embarrassing thing? Get over it. In other countries women walk around with no tops on and don't have to be worried about everybody getting excited or shaming her. What a bunch of prudes.

-- KK26

Oh stop it. This has nothing to do with breastfeeding and everything to do with massive promotion of her photography business.

I am so over sanctimommies.

My boobs are meant for the same thing. If I pop one out I could get arrested. Either all the boobs are free are none of them are.

-- 23730887

It's OK to watch TV shows depicting (rather graphically) people being (pick which one you want) shredded by machine gun fire/having their lungs cut out and put on their shoulders/being stabbed through the ear. That's OK. But a boob... Geez, in the name of all things sacred... not a boob. Why is this even a story? Someone at Instagram should have looked at the person who made this decision and said, "you're an idiot. You're fired."

-- 23627222

Every time I go on Facebook I see an image I "could" see as offensive, if I wanted to see it that way. From overly tattooed bodies to gun rallies to incessant Jesus loves you posts, Facebook is littered with things I don't want to see, but that have meaning for someone else. The solution? Scroll past.

-- Grianne

Quite the mix of comments here. The way my wife and I see it is the woman is so happy and proud to be a mother and enjoying a close and natural moment with a beautiful child. The smile on the mother's face says it all. A time of bonding here.

Those offended, don't look so close.

-- an opinion

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2014 A10

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