Good Idea Or TMI?

There has been a recent push for the popular preschool TV series Sesame Street to show more breastfeeding mothers on the program like they did a few decades ago. Opinions are conflicted, however, on whether this is good for kids or something Sesame Street should avoid. Read on to decide for yourself!

Sesame Street breastfeeding

Breastfeeding was presented as a normal, natural activity on Sesame Street a few decades back with tasteful clips, and some moms are hoping to bring back nursing mothers to the popular show. One mother has even gone so far as to start an online petition, but others feel that breastfeeding does not belong in children's programming in any form.

Sesame Street breastfeeding

In the '70s and '80s, Sesame Street had a few segments that featured breastfeeding mothers. Even the popular actress who portrayed Maria got in on the act, explaining to a child on the show how her baby was drinking milk from her breast. However, the shows in the '90s began to steer away from the topic completely. They even decided to redo the popular song "You're My Baby" without any breastfeeding to be seen, unlike the original clip, which shows a close-up shot of a nursing infant.

In the media

Breastfeeding has been in the media quite a bit lately, with a breastfeeding mother humiliated in a courtroom and a nursing mom harassed at Target, an event that was followed by a nationwide nurse-in. The publicity has prompted an outpouring of support for nursing moms, as well as quite a bit of backlash from those who don't want to see it or hear about it.

"Breastfeeding is important, but I don't think Sesame Street is the place"

Ula from Michigan isn't so sure about bringing the boob back to Sesame Street. "While I agree breastfeeding is important, I don't think Sesame Street is the place to have it," she explained.

An anonymous mom agreed with her. "Honestly, I am a huge advocate of breastfeeding, but I wouldn't stand behind bringing it to Sesame Street," she said. "I do not feel it is their place to educate a small child on nursing."

Normalize it

Some feel that if nursing is done more often in public, including on television, it will help normalize breastfeeding so it is no longer an issue. "I wish nursing was showed in a positive light on a lot of shows, especially adult shows," said Leah, mother of five. "Kids seem to be a lot more accepting than most adults."

"We need to start educating children at a young age."

Melissa from Alabama thinks that showing breastfeeding on Sesame Street is a great idea. "Really, if Elmo can teach our kids how to use the potty, then Sesame Street can do a snippet on breastfeeding," she shared.

Ashley is all for it as well. "We need to start educating children at a young age how healthy and normal breastfeeding is," she explained. "That way when they grow up they will have positive thoughts about breastfeeding."

It isn't clear how well the petition will do, but you can bet that there will be plenty of feedback coming her way.

Breastfeeding on Sesame Street

Watch this clip of an old episode of Sesame Street, where Maria explains breastfeeding.

Tell Us

Should Sesame Street bring breastfeeding back to the program? Or is it not the right place (or show)?

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Comments on "Moms pushing to bring breastfeeding back to Sesame Street"

Jennifer January 15, 2012 | 10:04 AM

It should be shown! Why not? I think by hiding it, it makes it taboo and it is not! Feeding your baby is a natural, normal thing. I watched the clip with Maria feeding her baby and it was so sweet and just very matter of fact. Not a big deal at all.

Cynthia January 11, 2012 | 9:23 AM

Of course it should be on Sesame Street. This is no big deal, we wouldn't be here as a species if it weren't for our breasts. The fact that this is even being discussed shows me that breastfeeding still isn't normalized. You see more breast & other parts at the beach than you ever do when a mother breastfeeds. Obviously the general public needs to see more breastfeeding because they are still a bit uptight about it.

Pat Torngren January 11, 2012 | 4:02 AM

The younger children are when they are exposed to the normality of breastfeeding, the more likely they are to breastfeed their own children later. At the moment most children see advertisements for bottle feeding or see mothers bottlefeeding in public. This gives them the mistaken idea that bottle feeding is normal and good for babies.

Analise January 11, 2012 | 1:04 AM

Anyone that would call breastfeeding "gross" is uneducated and a friggin' moron! Grow up Steve68112. You are obviously stupid. It is a natural part of life and the healthiest thing for a baby. Honestly, I don't care one way or the other if it is on Sesame Street or not. I don't think it's bad but it also isn't a necessity to have on there. It's just not a big deal. All this immaturity, people are so worried their kids might see a boob when learning about life yet those are the same parents who let their kids watch bevis and butthead at age 7 or 8. Get a life and start focusing on issues that are actually important like, I don't know, the illegal immigration problem or maybe how this country is going down the drain or the deficit. Grow the hell up people!

Ingrid January 10, 2012 | 7:33 PM

These people are crazy to say that breastfeeding doesn't belong on television but promiscuity, same intimacy, nudity, adult situations, and every other ual act can be readily found on public television stations daily. What's really behind the protests? Formula companies maybe?

Deanna January 10, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Breastfeeding is the best thing we can do for our children! It's the best option for them to get the right nutrients while they are growing because the breast milk changes with the needs of the child. I think it's important for our society to get back into understanding that breastfeeding is a natural thing..E ON PEOPLE, women wouldn't produce milk if there wasn't a reason for it! I think that women should be understanding that some people can be uncomfortable by it so cover up a little bit. It doesn't hurt to put a light blanket over your feeding baby for some privacy...but people need to pull their heads out and grow up. As far as it being on Seasame Street, I agree with the women who say to normalize it, if kids learn from a young age then they grow up realizing it's normal and natural and they won't be the idiots who try to file lawsuits against mothers who are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, taking care of their children and providing them with the things they NEED! Go for is Seasame Street, put it back on!

Dr. David & Mrs. Maggie Buckwalter January 10, 2012 | 10:09 AM

We would never restrict food or love from being shown on Sesame Street, why the combination?

RubyV January 10, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Honestly, how can anyone see that clip above and be offended? Yank your heads out of the gutter and grow up. I'm amazed that we even have to debate this.

Ph3arr3t January 09, 2012 | 11:52 AM

First I am for it being on sesame street; BUT there would obviously need to be modesty limits put in place as there was when it was aired on TV before. To have the preschoolers see that, it might encourage the ones that are fed that way as it is normal, true; but what about those children that aren't, or the women that can't. They could also just as easily feel being excluded from something or being indirectly attacked. I believe that yes there is a way to tastefully dispel the myths about breastfeeding, while showing that it is a method of nursing babies that predates modern conveniences of a bottle of chemicals and hormones. The following reasons are all that I can comprehend as to why ANYONE would be opposed to breastfeeding would be either; 1. They have a vested interest in the baby formula companies. (financial gain) 2. They are she/females that have the misfortune of being unable to breastfeed. 3. Someone that believes that they speak for society as a whole and therefore they are exclusively and solely responsible for the moral fabric. If you are one of the people that fall into the #3 group read on, if not please ignore. I know that there more than likely websites dealing with pornography that also use breastfeeding mothers. But by and large in the generally available public domain there really is no tie for breastfeeding as being pornographic. That industry tends to focus on other bodily fluids instead. Which brings my final point: if you are responsible for the moral fiber of society you are doing an appallingly decrepit and lacking job. Step aside so other people can have an influence in a society that you are derailing faster than anyone person or group of people can repair.

Deborah January 09, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Breastfeeding is the normal way for humans to feed our infants, and the health benefits are well-documented. But, due to many people thinking of breasts only in a ual way (and not acknowledging their primary purpose of feeding children), some people see nursing as disgusting or even obscene. This is really very sad. The more children and adults see breastfeeding - in public, on TV, everywhere - the more it will be viewed as "normal," and the more people will breastfeed. Higher rates of breastfeeding = healthier population. This is a good goal.

Ashley Gardner January 09, 2012 | 10:53 AM

This article is brilliant!!! I believe that breastfeeding is a lost art in a sense. So many people think that it's dirty. I believe that if breastfeeding were promoted more by the government and society, more mom's would freely breastfeed their babies. We need to start education children at a young age how healthy and normal breastfeeding is. That way when they grow up they will have positive thoughts about breastfeeding. Nursing should be brought into TV shows including Sesame Street. Look at the formula recalls... that's enough to make me breastfeed my own kids.

mummies nummies January 09, 2012 | 10:10 AM

If bottlel/formula feeding is seen on Sesame Street, then why not breastfeeding. The clips they have done, with breastfeeding, in the past were very well done. There are many children, my oldest included, who watch this program and have younger breastfed siblings. Why not show them what they see everyday is normal as well. Why not have them see something, on a show meant to educate young minds, that is normal to them. It gives them a sense of pride. Breastfeeding isn't harmful to anyone and belongs in an educational show....they have done it a few times before....why is it NOW being looked down upon? Jacky

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