Should Sesame Street Bring Back Breastfeeding?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Should Sesame Street Bring Back Breastfeeding?
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Tue, 01-10-2012 - 5:21pm

Do you remember when breastfeeding was shown on Sesame Street? I do! I only remembered it after reading this article: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/sesame-street-teach-kids-breastfeeding-185000424.html (there are video clips).

Some parents are now asking Sesame Street to bring back breastfeeding. A petition has been started to ask PBS to do so and, of course, it's started a bit of a debate about whether or not breastfeeding belongs on TV.

Do you remember the breastfeeding segments on Sesame Street? Do you think they should return?

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 10:30pm

Yes, I was nursing Michael when I saw Buffy St. Marie nursing Cody on Sesame Street - and loved it!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 10:34pm

Love this comment!

"It's funny how people think it's inappropriate for children to SEE breastfeeding when it's children DOING the breastfeeding! That's who it's for!"

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 2:20am
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I think the reason for this is that these people see BF'ing as something only for babies (i.e. there against ext. BF'ing) and since babies won't remember BF'ing when the grow up that makes it different then a older child seeing BF'ing who will remember it. Also they generally see older children as negatively effected in a way that they believe infants are too young to experience. I'd bet they wouldn't be so concerned about babies seeing other babies BF'ing just older children seeing it.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
Wed, 01-11-2012 - 11:18am

I am too young to remember breastfeeding on sesame street, but as a bfing parent I think it would be great to see it on there.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 7:10pm

I wonder if some of the 'uncomfortable covnersations' would be around the question a child might ask, if their mother had fed them that way. And if the mother has any of her own resolved issues about breastfeeding - perhaps she wanted to but was thwarted by a roadblock, and was unable to overcome this, she would likely be very defensive. Better to hide it altogether, and not mention it, than have her children openly enquire if they had been breastfed.

BTW, I am just wondering if their is a reason why you do not let your neices see you breastfeed? While I get that some women may always feel a bit squamish about NIP where they feel vulnerable to total strangers, would it not be natural for your neices to see you breastfeed at your home? Is that your preference? Or the preference of your husband? or the neices parents?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 3:36pm

I potentially think even mothers who did breastfeed might be uncomfortable having this conversation with their child.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 3:48pm
newlywed2010 wrote:

I potentially think even mothers who did breastfeed might be uncomfortable having this conversation with their child.

Not that long ago I asked my adult sons (who both BF for years not months), how they felt about seeing nursing in public. I have to admit, they appeared more comfortable in answering my question than I was in asking it.

My middle son told me that for him it is all in the context. When looking at a woman's breasts, he says he thinks like any other guy. When it is a nursing baby, he thinks it's perfectly normal and doesn't bother him a bit.

I wish all men (and women) could grow up to think that way.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 01-13-2012 - 6:19pm

I know that different mothers experience different levels of comfort. I would nurse in my own home or anyone else's for that matter, if my baby was hungry. I found that NIP was sometimes more difficult with older babies eg DD

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 12:51pm

One of my best moments as an "advocate" was nursing my baby in the house of my friend with a 6 year old daughter.

"What are you doing?"

"Feeding my baby"

[Possible additional dialog, it was a while back, but I remember the next line vividly!]

"Milk doesn't come from people!" (With a "How could you think I was THAT dumb?!?!?" tone ;-)

"Actually it does. Milk comes from mommies of all kinds. The milk YOU drink comes from a mommy cow".

I later found out that her mother had tried to nurse her, but had difficulty. For some time afterwards the 6-year old would bring her friends to watch when I nursed. It was a little unsettling to me to be stared at, but that's 6 now-young adults who know that feeding your baby by nursing is perfectly proper.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 2:59pm

My kids are fifteen and nineteen and each nursed into toddlerhood back in the day.

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