Viral Cincinnati Photo Censored by News During Breastfeeding Segment

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, photographer, Lauren Carson of Drawing in Light Photography, shared her collection of beautiful images of mothers breastfeeding their children. One image in particular went viral as it displayed a mother breastfeeding her baby and also tube feeding her older children, who were born with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease.

Mother of 6, Heather DeLisle, was contacted by a reporter at their local news station about being interviewed in her home regarding the photo and she agreed in an effort to raise awareness about the disease that was affecting her older children daily. When this breastfeeding segment aired on their station, entitled “Breastfeeding Photo Gets Lots of Attention,” is was accompanied by a large blurred, censored area covering the mother actually breastfeeding, and according to WCPO it was due to the regulations by the FCC.
I am honestly unsure about what think about a news station that contacts a mother who has appeared in viral content online representing specific causes that she was passionate about only to censor the very thing that was specified in the title of the segment!
Heather’s dear friend, April Wright, wrote the press release and really got the ball moving on the Facebook event, contacted me to spread the word about their “feed-in” event to protest about the censorship and I was able to get them on my morning video podcast. The WCPO Feed-In was attended by almost 100 people and according to, two dads had some very insightful words to share about the situation:
“I’m here for my kids,” said Steven Peck. “I don’t want to have my wife go into some bathroom to feed them. When she is nursing, I don’t see her breasts, I see my babies.” –
“Breasts weren’t made to be sexualized,” said Steve Symmes, who attended the protest with his wife and son. “They are there to feed your young. Society needs to see that it’s a normal thing. If he’s hungry, he needs to eat.” –
Families came out to show their support of this mother and their disdain for the news channel’s censorship of a baby’s THUMB – I guess they assumed it was Heather’s nipple!
Her daughter is clearly latched on in the photograph, grabbing the breast as if to to lift it out of her face. THE BLURRED AREA DOES NOT SHOW HER NIPPLE. The worst part is not that they blamed this censoring on FCC guidelines to avoid numerous fines, it’s that they STILL have not apologized for taking advantage of this breastfeeding mom in order to create “click bait” for their own followers.
This type of silent harassment of mothers in general is absolutely intolerable. You can follow this new group of Cincinnati families on a mission to #StopCensoringMotherhood on Facebook.
Watch the LIVE broadcast below:
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  1. kris k says:

    If wendy has problem with breast feeding in public but not some of the other photos of other ladies they showed, she IS part of the PROBLEM. sorry but she is.

  2. you do know that the segment was her playing devil’s advocate. She is not that ignorant person that you think she is…she was showing the world exactly what ignorant people look and sound like, warts and all.

  3. Brenda Payne says:

    I nursed my 3, now 14, 18 and 20. I will shamefully admit I once “shot” breast milk at a cranky old guy who touched me on the shoulder and said I should cover that disgusting thing up.” Keep on nursing, Ladies. I always said, with no disrespect: Breast milk- good enough for Mary’s baby, good enough for mine!”

  4. Im at a loss for words. Fun Bags! Really Wendy. your ignorance is very disgusting

  5. Aisha says:

    Some people are so small minded. I breastfeed my son where ever I went. I was his only source of food and I wish someone would have said something to me about it. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing and I look forward to doing it again with my next child.

  6. Bridgette says:

    Sad Wendy is so ignorant. Breastfeeding is a bond with your baby that you cannot begin to explain. I feel very blessed to have the ability to do this with my baby boy. .


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