Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bring Breastfeeding Back to Sesame Street

My little guy has been sick lately, we have been doing lots of cuddles, usually reading books or doing puzzels. We definitely have been watching Sesame Street as well. I found these great Classic Sesame Street video's that I thought I would share. I love Classic Sesame Street.


I wish they would redo this scene for the current series! Maybe with a Celeb. It would help normalize breastfeeding to a culture that has completely sexualized breastfeeding. It look's like we need 1999 version, and a 2010 version. Well maybe we will get lucky and by 2020 it will be the norm and they will redo it then!!! These scenes are beautiful!



This is Buffy nursing Cody in 1977!



Women Breastfeeding are the images we want to show to our sons and daughters,
so that they will view a woman's body more then a sexual object.


Here's Maria nursing Gabriella in 1988!

 



The Original "You're My Baby" 1970's Video.
The Breastfeeding scene was replaced with Bottle-feeding in the 1990's version.
Why not have both? Babies are fed both ways aren't they?





ADDED JAN 12, 2012 - I found another Breastfeeding Sesame Street Video it's Beautiful! 
It too is no longer shown. :(






What happened in our society between 1988 and the 1990's???  
How did BFing all of a sudden become inappropriate???
Please Bring Breastfeeding Back to the "Street"! 




Contact Sesame Street, tell them (nicely)...
"Bring Breastfeeding Back to the 'Street'"
Send it to all the topics that apply! 



Added on January 2nd by fellow mom Jessica Williams.
Please sign this Petition.

Tweet  #BFBack2SesameSt

To help normalize breastfeeding and remove the Booby Traps in the U.S., please make a donation to Best for Babes at  http://www.bestforbabes.org/donate 





Added on January 4th
What Happens When Children See Breastfeeding?

Added on January 9th
What Nursing in Public Really Looks Like.

43 comments:

  1. What awesome finds! Thank you for sharing! I am definitely disappointed that breastfeeding has been replaced by bottle feeding, however. What a bummer! I'd be curious to hear what they have to say about that.

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  2. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get Sesame Street to bring back breastfeeding (on their show)? I remember the Mr. Rogers segment about breastfeeding. It was awesome. Nursing is a huge part of mothering, and there's nothing sexual about it at all. There's no reason for the stigma (not a sane or logical one anyway!) in our society. . . wouldn't it be lovely if we could get Sesame Street to help educate the next generation on all ways to feed babies, including the NORMAL one? ;)

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  3. Amy, I just added the contact info for Sesame Street for all who want to bring this to their attention. Feel free to Reference this post!
    Lani!

    Bring Breastfeeding Back to the "Street"

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  4. I sent an email to the street asking them to bring back breast feeding! :)
    Now, if you could sign my petition, we'll make even more of a difference!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/target-stop-discriminating-against-nursing-mothers

    Thanks!
    -Sarah

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  5. I love those videos! I hope Sesame Street does bring back the breastfeeding versions — why not? I'll contact them, too.

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  6. Lauren, Wouldn't it be great Even if its for one episode and it's a Celebrity Breastfeeding it could really make a difference. (In my mind I am picturing Kourtney Kardshian with her new Baby Breastfeeding on Sesame Street talking to Elmo like the big bird one.) It would go viral and help normalize BFing. I might just be dreaming. But I would love to try and get as many moms to ask in a positive way.

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  7. I contacted them too! I really hope enough people will respond to make them think about it. They have been around forever. I asked them to step up and be a leader for the rest of the media. And I think a celeb breastfeeding segment would be awesome, though I'd probably choose anyone other than a Kardashian. LOL

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  8. I can't believe they changed that video, it is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. How cool! Thanks for sharing! I hope B is feeling better!

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  10. The reason I think Kourtney would be great is, she is very pro breastfeeding, co-sleeping and general AP... They have such a large young following that it would really help the next generation realize that breastfeeding is natural... Its easier to send a positive message to a younger generation then to try to change people who already have there minds made up... There are plenty of other celebs that could do it but I think she would make the biggest positive breastfeeding impact on the youth.

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  11. I sent a message to Sesame Street! Also going to re-blog the link and why Sesame Street should re-do the breastfeeding video.

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  12. I will email Sesame Street, and maybe we could send fan letters to celebs who have spoken about breastfeeding as well! If they were to contact Sesame Street about doing a clip, it might go a long ways toward convincing them!

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  13. Awesome post. I am e-mailing them now too... would be lovely to see breastfeeding on SS again :)

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  14. Thanks for posting this. I love Buffy St. Marie, and it doesn't surprise me that she did this segment (I have never seen it before). The woman is amazing, singer, activist, digital artist. We need to see more breastfeeding on tv period! (Off to contact Sesame Street :))

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  15. Thank you for these clips, they were great! I sent a message to SS also! Clips like this are just what this country needs. Breastfeeding is natural, just like they say. I love everything about these videos.

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  16. It's so funny to see how the public acted toward breastfeeding but my sister was born in 1970 and at the hospital they thought it was so gross that my mother wanted to nurse her by the time she had me 10 years later not much had changed but her attitude and she stood her ground and nursed me until 18m. Know the hospitals push breastfeeding and the public frowns on it. Why cant they all be on the pro breastfeeding side.

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  17. Mister Rogers has a beautiful picture book entitled "The New Baby" that includes a photo of a mom breast feeding. Now that we have very little media supporting breast feeding in our culture and more views of breasts equaling sex there are now so many people who become so offended by public nursing. So sad.

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  18. BEAUTIFUL clip! We need current shows, books and pictures that teach this not just for children but for adults too. Imagine if every doctor's lounge (OB office, pediatric office, family practice, eye doctor, etc.) had at least one photo of a nursing mom on the wall - think of what a difference that would make! How is it that our society is so uncomfortable with something so natural?

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  19. It makes me smile every time I see another mother breastfeeding her babies. On television, in public, or at a playgroup, I think it is wonderful. It is the norm in our home and when other children come over you can tell they dont know what to think sometmies and they ask lots of adorable questions. I would love, love, love to see more breastfeeding on childrens programing.

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  20. Lani, I love this! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  21. Formula and working moms happened. Breast is best for health of both mother and child...natural way. We need to remind people what the mammaries were designed for, not what they have become.

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  22. Thanks for sharing - this is great and what an encouragement this could be for young mums just starting out and wanting to stand their ground in order to nurse their kids. I knew very little about it when I had mine, but nursed the first for 12 months, the second for 17 months and the third for 21 months - I could have used this kind of normalcy!

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  23. What a neat post! They should do this again to show parents & kids alike (and ppl w/o kids) that breastfeeding is NORMAL!

    Would love for you to link this post up to Healthy 2day Wednesdays!

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  24. It's funny but I had the same reaction as one of the other comments. My mom nursed my sisters and I between 1965-1971 and the culture was not at all ready for breastfeeding. My mothers friends called her a barbarian and she use to have to go in ladies rooms to feed us. When I nursed my babies in 99 and 02 I felt pretty supported, though I was surprised more of my friends did not nurse. I loved seeing the older clips from SS, it reminded me of the very sweet times I had with my babies and that incredible feeling of closeness. Thanks for a great post!

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  25. Love this! Reposted it on my FB, blog & Twitter!
    www.naturallyattached.com

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  26. Wow, that close up of the baby drinking milk was so incredibly offending... not!

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  27. It's so interesting (and sad) the things that are now acceptable on television and the things that aren't. Does anyone else feel like we're going a little backwards here? I hope they do more like this...television that's actually useful.

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  28. Just emailed a friend who used to work on the show , this was her response... but i could make sure people there know about it
    it's not SSs issue. it's the public.
    i had a mom with a tattoo in it and the network got hate mail
    - gay parents - same - though healthy population of gays on staff there
    it's annoying and infuriates the creatives

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    1. We are hoping to change all that! And hoping that they will listen thanks for the info! :)

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  29. This campaign getting so much attention. This is awesome!! Let me know if there is anything more I can do to help.

    Brigid from www.naturallyattached.com

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    1. If you want to join the group I am working with we would love to have your help!

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  30. I'd prefer to see nursing mothers use a blanket to give them some privacy and also any strangers around. As for SS showing it, I don't see a need or reason for that.

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    1. Cathed, Thank you for your comment. As you can see in these video's nothing is visible. It's about having the conversation so that people including children, see that there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding, there is no shame behind it. It's about showing that the first function of a woman's body is to nourish. Unfortunately, our society portrays women's body as a sexual object first and that is the first image most children see at a very young age. That is what we are trying to change. Please look at the post http://boobietime.blogspot.com/2012/01/ww-what-nursing-in-public-really-looks.html
      You will see that most teenagers show more then a nursing mother, and for some sad reason that is acceptable in our society.

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  31. So its okay to show a man kissing a womans breast on movies and tv but its not okay to show a woman doing whats naturual(and there is no nipple showing or much flesh), feeding her child the healthiest way.
    I breast fed my daughter in government buildings, walking through the mall and every where else inbetween. No one said anything to me but I had the printed law in hand for those ignorant to my rights as a mother.I feel said for those who where excused from public places while nurishing their baby. I would have stood my ground and stayed put.

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  32. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have noticed so much in the toys & attitudes of my extended family. My daughter didn't know what to do with a baby doll bottle. She just lifted up her shirt to feed the baby. My family acted like that was crazy, but I encouraged my daughter. That IS the natural way to feed a baby (or baby doll ;-)).

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  33. Alyssa Milano is breastfeeding her son Milo, but she says she is shy about doing it in public. Mostly because of the papparazzi. I wonder if Beyonce is breastfeeding Baby Blue? That would be another modern day momma celebrity that could be on Sesame Street. With so many celebrity baby bumps this would be such an aooprtune time for SS to bing back breastfeeding.

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  34. I'd prefer all mothers breastfeed, without a cover too! The reality is that what i prefer is not what is best or realistic for all moms. Should they be shamed, inconvinced, or hidden because of my personal preferences? No way! They should do what's best for them. I'm actually offended that my son isn't able to see his normal. I want equality, not just for all mothers, but for all babies. They all deserve to see their normal too, as long as that normal is not harmful ir toxic. I hope that mothers continue to step forward for this equality I desire.

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