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Mom Banned From Facebook After Posting Photo of 5-Year-Old 'Nursing' 2-Year-Old Sister


"It's not sexual and they were just pretending."

A Seattle mom is outraged that she was banned from Facebook after posting a photo of her 5-year-old daughter pretending to breastfeed her 2-year-old sister.

Lauren Ferrari told KOMO-TV her girls were just playing and that the picture of them was completely innocent. Facebook evidently disagreed, yanking the photo from the site and banning Ferrari for seven days.

"When I posted it I said, 'She says she's nursing her baby,'" Ferrari told the station. "She didn't say, 'Mommy look, she's kissing my boobie.'"

The photo was gone less than 24 hours after Ferrari posted it to Facebook. In its place, she had a message from the site saying she'd violated their terms of use, though not specifically how. Facebook's safety guidelines prohibit content that is pornographic or contains nudity.

"They did not say it was child pornography," she said. "They were not clear, they were really vague."

Stefanie Thomas of the Seattle Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children told KOMO she doesn't think the photo qualifies as child pornography, but said it was still a poor decision for Ferrari to post it.

"There's no real way of actually getting wherever that image ends up down off the Internet. So that's something that this family, that these girls, are going to have to ultimately deal with," Thomas told the station.

Ferrari said she still does not see anything wrong with the photo.

"It's not sexual and they were just pretending," she said. "What's obscene about breastfeeding?"

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