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Jaime Lynn Spears' Breastfeeding Photos = Child Porn?

By September 22, 2008

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TMZ is reporting that someone has stolen photo of Jaime Lynn Spears breastfeeding her baby, Maddie. Since Jaime Lynn is under 18, this has supposedly sparked a debate on whether or not this is child pornography because in the act of breastfeeding, one of her breasts is exposed. Now if it's not porn for someone over 18, how is it porn for someone under 18?


Now, don't get me wrong, I think it's horrible that she had pictures stolen at all, no matter what the pictures contained. The fact that they were of something like breastfeeding, which is sensitive between mother and child - well, that's just worse.


What are you thoughts? Breastfeeding=porn?


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September 22, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(1) Erika says:

Not child porn at all. Breastfeeding is not a sexual act, so it cannot be considered porn. Most state laws support this by exempting breastfeeding from public indecency laws.

It is unfortunate that the picture was stolen, but definitely not child porn.

September 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm
(2) Lori says:

While I don’t see breastfeeding photos as being pornographic, I kinda see where they are coming from. The fact that she is breastfeeding and a picture was taken is not what makes it pornographic…I think it’s the fact that it would most likely be marketed as being a sexual in nature photo due to the fact that there is an exposed breast. It wouldn’t be marketed as a picture of a natural, beautiful act between mother and child.

September 24, 2008 at 7:37 pm
(3) amanda says:

I think that it is pretty sad that these pictures were stolen. However breastfeeding is not a sexual act and is not pornographic. A picture of an adult woman nursing and nurishing her infant would not be considered pornography, so why should it be considered of these. A mother of any age nursing her child should not be considered wrong. It is sad that these photos are not with the rightful owner, and anyone who wants these for monatary gain is sick. At the most the people responsible for the taking of these or or the re-selling of these should be charged with stealing and delivering of stolen goods.

September 24, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(4) Tara says:

I’m so proud of Jamie Lynn for breastfeeding her baby! I hope whatever public discussion grows from the stolen photo is turned toward inspiring more women to nurse, rather than getting lost in the on the “breastfeeding-is-sexual” mentality.

September 25, 2008 at 1:33 am
(5) Marjorie says:

Small things amuse small minds. Did these imature gosippers forget that they were on the boob too some time ago? I was 18 married and very preganant and I wasn’t allowed at the cinema to watch Basic Instinct in March 1994 as the age restriction was 21. My son was born in April. There are situations when people should use their brains and not their balls…..

September 25, 2008 at 9:38 am
(6) Helen Reddy says:

Oh my what is this world coming too, porn wat a lot of pathetic crap, sorry but it mad me sooooooo mad.

September 25, 2008 at 12:30 pm
(7) Anne says:

I’d like to know why a celebrity even took regular film pictures and not digital for privacy reasons? I can’t imagine that many celebrities go to the local Walmart to have pictures developed. I don’t think I’D even take breastfeeding photos to a lab!!

September 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm
(8) Gene says:

It only becomes child porn when marketed as such by the person that stole the pictures. After all, you can’t accuse Jaime of porn for doing what is a natural part of motherhood. But you can charge the low-life piece of garbage who is remarketing those pictures of a minor as porn.

September 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm
(9) Gloria says:

Anne: From what I read in another report, the pictures were digital, and her boyfriend took his SD card (or whatever) to Walmart to get the pictures printed. Although his girlfriend is famous, he’s just an average high schooler, so I can see where he would think going to Walmart to get photos printed made sense. Although this made news because she’s famous, it does make me wonder how many pictures are taken from nonfamous people’s film for the photo studio worker’s personal enjoyment?

September 27, 2008 at 5:00 am
(10) david says:

i dont think it is, breast feeding is a childs right and its a must for all mothers to breast feed .But its unfortunate that her photo went public but all the same breast feeding is not a sex act

September 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm
(11) Wamascen says:

because she is under 18, whether breastfeeding or not, her breast was in the picture. That alone is pornographic! I understand that part of it!!!!! Would you want your 16 yr old daughters breast out for the world to see?

September 29, 2008 at 2:40 am
(12) John says:

It is only the attitude. no need to think it is bad

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