Nine hundred and eleven, Mark Zuckerberg.
Nine hundred and eleven babies die each year in America because they weren't breast fed.
If we go back and start counting at, oh, say 2007, when tens of thousands of women asked you to stop calling breastfeeding obscene, that nine hundred and eleven translates into over twenty five hundred babies. Dead.
Twenty five hundred dead little babies, Mark Zuckerberg.
Because the mothers of twenty five hundred little babies were not given the tools, the support, or the education they needed to choose and succeed at breastfeeding.
Because when those mothers were little girls growing up, social media outlets like Facebook were busy teaching them that breasts are for sex, and that using them to nurture a child is offensive.
Because our society has allowed the greed of corporate America to sway public opinion into believing that scientifically created formula is superior to the nutritionally perfect milk produced by a mother's body.
I've said it once and I'll say it again. Facebook is powerful. You have over 400 million users around the world. You can make a difference. You've been asked to help. You've been asked to change. Again, and again and again, you have been asked.
Your response is patronizing.
You've ignored us.
You've ignored the calls to change Facebook's policies. You've ignored the media reviews. You've ignored your social responsibility to simply do! the! right! thing! Mark Zuckerberg, you haven't just ignored. You've failed.
You've failed mothers.
You've failed babies.
By refusing to become a part of the solution, you have remained a part of the problem.
The problem that leads to the deaths of nine hundred and eleven babies in America each year.
It's not all your fault, Mark Zuckerberg. But it is a little bit your fault. I would surely imagine that among the 400 million users out there, there has been at least one mother on the fence about whether or not to breastfeed her baby. At least one mother wondering if she will feel embarrassed to use her breasts in this way. At least one mother wondering who will support her. At least one mother wondering if she will get in trouble for feeding her baby in public. At least one mother who has never known anyone who has breastfed. At least one mother who does not know how to breastfeed. At least one mother wondering if others will feel offended by her choice. At least one mother who gave up.
At least one mother whose baby died.
Mark Zuckerberg, you could have helped her.