Contributor Guidelines & Comment PolicyNursingFreedom.org is looking for writers who have a story to share related to advocating for breastfeeding rights (by lobbying for new legislation, writing letters to companies where someone was harassed for nursing, etc.), nursing in public, normalizing breastfeeding (including efforts/initiatives that you have been involved in), and related topics.
What Is/Is Not Accepted: Content
- Posts should be previously unpublished and on topic. We realize that issues related to breastfeeding are often rife with strong emotions, and we encourage your authentic and passionate words. At the same time, we hope that NursingFreedom.org will be a place where those opposed to nursing in public will be able to learn something new and perhaps even change their attitudes/minds. With this in mind, your post should be written in a positive light. We will not host posts that criticize mothers who choose to use formula or to nurse with a cover. We believe you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
- Feel free to be creative. If you’re feeling so inspired, you could paint a picture, organize a photo essay, or write a poem, a scholarly article, or a book review instead of a regular blog post. We are not accepting product reviews or any other advertising-related posts at this time (including affiliate codes, paid blogging, or referral links).
- Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children.
- While contributors to NursingFreedom.org maintain the copyright to all their work, we ask that you not post your work anywhere else (including your own blog, whether paid or unpaid) for 90 days after publication on NursingFreedom.org. This exclusivity adds value for our readers without us asking you to give us copyright on your work.
- Posts are typically in the 300-600 word range, but that is a general guideline. Take as many (or as few) words as you need to tell your story, but consider breaking a really long post into multiple posts or even a “Part I” and “Part II” to keep readers coming back for more.
- Use shorter paragraphs (3-6 sentences each); your post will be easier to read.
- Organize your thoughts; use headings or lists when possible; be clear, concise, and straightforward.
- Proofread. Proofread twice. Now proofread one more time. Your post will be edited, but we reserve the right to send it back to you for further proofreading if it has a large number of spelling/grammatical errors. Please check out Copyblogger's great resource on editing your own work.
- All posts must be accompanied by a mini-bio (about 2 sentences, you can link to your personal site) and a picture. The picture cannot be more than 500px in width, and you must either own or have permission to use the picture. If it is a stock/free image, please provide a name/link to the owner. Feel free to write anonymously, but we still require something for a bio & picture.
- Writers should visit/subscribe to posts to check on and timely respond to comments. If you have any questions or problems with a reader comment, please let us know as soon as possible. All comments (including the writers') should adhere to our comment policy (see below).
Basics: Once your comment is posted it, it becomes the property of NursingFreedom.org. We can edit, format, reuse or delete the comment as we wish, or display it for as long as we wish. We will not necessarily offer reasons or any warning why we have altered or deleted a comment.
Your comment will be held for moderation. We will manually approve your comment as soon as we can and apologize for the delay.
Email Addresses: Correct email addresses are required. Email addresses will never be published. Email addresses will not be shown in comments. Please leave your correct email address so we have the ability to reply to your comment via email.
What is not acceptable: We encourage thoughtful, mature debate on everything we post. That does not include profanity, poor spelling and grammar, personal attacks, off-topic comments, hostility disguised by sarcasm, and spam.
It is our desire to host a thoughtful, encouraging community for breastfeeding parents and those who support us. If you find yourself disagreeing with most of the content here, there are many other websites/communities where you might feel more comfortable. And remember, you can always take what works for you and your family and leave the rest.
Please contact us to discuss possible post ideas or to submit a post for consideration.