About a year ago my sister told me to youtube a video.
“Buffy Nurses Cody” was the title. My sister (who is not very tech savvy) had my niece look for that video on their computer. And she found it.
My sister was a child when that segment aired and said it left a lasting impression on her. She was so excited to find it again and show her children (that were all breastfed by her… partially thanks to Buffy’s excellent lesson.)
Up until the 1990s the educational program taught children there were two ways to nourish a child- breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
Unfortunately, the show decided in the 1990s to try and shed their “hippie” image and removed all the breastfeeding segments.
We need to expose children to positive (non-sexual) functions of the body early. In turn it will normalize breastfeeding, teach children healthy body image, and why the body should be respected.
One of the best lessons for children is teaching how the human body (like any other mammal) can nourish an infant completely on its own.
If Sesame Street is going to teach children how mothers nourish their babies with bottles, they should also incorporate breastfeeding.
Visit Bring Breastfeeding Back to Sesame Street for more information and link to the petition (over 20,000 signatures and counting!)