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25/02/2015 12:59 GMT | Updated 26/02/2015 04:59 GMT

#Brelfies: Mums Take Breastfeeding Selfies In Protest Of Facebook's Nudity Rules

#Brelfies are taking social media by storm after a young mother was banned from a Facebook group for posting a picture of her breastfeeding son.

Kaya Wright was outraged after finding that the picture, which showed her breastfeeding her son in the bath, was reported by Facebook for nudity violations - despite nothing on show.

The mum-of-two had shared the picture in a closed Facebook group about breastfeeding called Liverpool Community BAMBIS.

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“At first I thought it was a joke," Wright told the Liverpool Echo.

"Facebook said the image had been reported for nudity but you really couldn’t see anything. Then I was a bit disappointed at the thought that someone in the group had reported the image."

This, along with other breastfeeding debacles - Claridge's telling a customer to cover her baby's head with a napkin being one of them - has since sparked huge debate as to whether breastfeeding selfies are right or wrong.

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According to Netmums, breastfeeding selfies are one of the biggest parenting trends of 2015.

The photographs - also known as brelfies - are backed by 88% of mums who protest that social media sites are wrong to delete them.

On ITV's This Morning, Emma Taylor - a mum who breastfeeds her two children - argued that "you can't see a lot" with breastfeeding selfies as the baby's head is usually in the way.

She also pointed out that pictures of half naked women grace the pages of magazines and newspapers all of the time. "If that's acceptable," she said "then why isn't the top bit of my breast acceptable?"

But there are those who don't agree with brelfies, and Angela Epstein is one of them.

"This whole brelfie cult smacks of naked exhibitionism," she told ITV's This Morning. "It's an attention-seeking spectacle and it's almost parading children as a commodity.

"It's also rubbing it in the faces of those women who can't breastfeed."

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Meanwhile Kaya Wright - whose breastfeeding picture has since been deemed acceptable by Facebook - said that she's noticed the different attitude to breastfeeding in this country.

"Ever since Kayden was born, people have kept asking me 'when are you going to bottle feed?'

"Breastfeeding is hard and it’s made ever harder by other people’s perceptions," she added.

“In the Western world breasts are sexualised, you see celebrities with their boobs out so people associate them with sex. But people need to remember that first and foremost, breasts are for feeding babies.”

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