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Breast Feeding on Sesame Street

Does breast feeding belong on Sesame Street?

Before I took a breast feeding class during my 8th month of pregnancy I had never actually seen a woman breast feed.  Yes, I’d seen women on rare occasion breast feeding in a corner under a nursing cover, but had never actually seen how it worked.  I honestly feel like my lack of exposure to breast feeding greatly contributed to my difficulties with nursing.

I’d love to see breast feeding become more mainstream – just a part of every day life – and something that women don’t feel embarrassed about.  I think that the first step is to normalize breast feeding from childhood.  This is where Sesame Street comes in.

Breast feeding used to be the norm on Sesame Street, but has since been replaced by bottle fed babies and many moms feel this needs to change in order to promote breast feeding.

Find out more and see the vintage Sesame Street video after the jump.

Here’s a video of Buffy nursing Cody circa 1977:


Tasteful and informative, no?  These are the kind of TV segments I’d like my daughter to see when she gets older and if you agree, head on over and sign the petition to bring breastfeeding back to Sesame Street.

What’s your take?

Should breast feeding have a place on a children’s show like Sesame Street?  Weigh in!


•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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