Should Sesame Street have segments about breastfeeding?

Michele - posted on 01/11/2012 ( 368 moms have responded )

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Sesame Street has shown segments that involve breastfeeding in the 70s and 80s. Those haven't been shown and a montage of babies has had the breastfeeding picture edited out.

There is a petition asking SS to promote breastfeeding again. What do you think?

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Vicki - posted on 02/03/2012

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True Janice where are they? Most of my Mum friends bf in public. I've never seen anyone whip their top off and wobble their boob in the direction of their bub to have a feed. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

Vicki - posted on 02/03/2012

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Whereas I wouldn't have a problem with my son swimming at a nudist beach lol.

Janice - posted on 02/03/2012

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Megan that is perfectly okay that you, or anyone would rather not breastfeed in public. With my first I was not comfortable nursing in public for many month because she unlatched often and because I was still learning I would have exposed myself more than what I think is appropriate in order to help he relatch.

I am just sick of people declaring "AS LONG AS YOUR COVERED UP" as if most women are purposefully trying to give a show. I have never seen a women with or with out a cover ever show her breast so I tend to take that comment offensively.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2012

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Janice I would shield them from the chesty woman with the low top in the park as well.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/03/2012

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I'm truely awful, the first place I took my baby was the Strong National Museum of Play when she was over a week old because I'd been stuck in the house for over a month due to restricted bed rest!



When I nurse I think of my own comfort and my daughter's. This is why I don't nurse in public right now because she won't let me cover her and I feel more comfortable covered.

Janice - posted on 02/03/2012

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Okay, so if breastfeeding was shown on tv or in a classroom but zero skin was being shown would that be okay? Because I'm pretty sure that is all anyone expects to be shown on SS or in a classroom. I don't think you have to show any skin, which I do understand can be offensive to some.



I still don't get why you wouldn't shield your child from the chesty woman with the low top in the park but if she had a child in front of that boob and the same or less skin was showing you would shield them from that.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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I think you are misunderstanding what I am saying. That is my situation and how I do things. However, as I said, if you need to be out and breastfeed than keep it to yourself and baby. I don't need to see your boobs regardless of what you are using them for. End of story...



And yes, breastfeeding "can" help their immunity but don't count on it! Like I said my daughter was breastfed for 16 months and by 12 months she had acute sinutitus. Any cold she got she was deathly ill. She spent endless weeks, months in hospital days at a time....



Just cover it up that is all I am saying! I don't care if no one else is a routine person as I am, it works wonders when they get older, you don't have to worry about tired/hungry kids crying because they know and you know when it is coming....

Janice - posted on 02/03/2012

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We only have 1 car and so most days I am stuck in my house. However, when I do have the car I am usually out for 3-4 hours and my son eats every 2-3 hours. So if I wake him up at 8 (unfortunately his long rest is typically from 12:30 am-9am) he wants to eat immediately. Then we drop of hubby to work for 9 and I try to schedule appts for 9:30. So guess what my son needs to eat while we are out at 10/10:30 I feed him! Then usually I go shopping for an hour so we can just go bring the car back to my hubby when he takes lunch at noon.



If I choose to go grocery shopping in the evening its after 8:30 since hubby and I do my toddlers bedtime routine together and then my hubby is stuck with a sad baby because my son likes to cluster feed from 9-12 and wont take more than 2 oz from a bottle before he "demands" breast. He is 9 weeks old.



Its not so cut and dry as just dont go out, or leave the baby home. Besides, I have never once seen any woman flash her boob while breastfeeding. I always read posts demanding women to be discreet as if most women are not, yet I have never seen these booby flashing women. I do see a ton of young women with a mile of cleavage just for show though.



ETA: I also carry my son in a wrap so he is close to me and not subjected to germs. Also, thats one of the perks of breastfeeding, he has my immunities. So although he could get sick he is much less likely to.

Vicki - posted on 02/03/2012

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Meme, I don't like staying home all day, I go out for more than groceries. I feed on demand, I don't give a toss about schedules or routines. As a bub my boy slept wherever, boobed wherever. I refuse to be chained to the house. I've fed in cafes, restaurants, parks, shops, libraries, swimming pools, cave systems, festivals, gigs, and at work. My boy somehow survived my gadding about without getting sick (was nearly 2 by the time he got his first cold).



Some babies are happy feeding every 2-3 hours, others feed more often for various reasons, especially when very young. If you want to feed only at home and plan your life around that then great, no way in hell I would ever do it!



When out I usually had a small nappy bag and bub in a sling. No way I'm lugging around extra blankets or whatever to drape over us while feeding. To be honest I think wearing a blanket makes it WAY more obvious that you're feeding rather than just feeding. Skin isn't really exposed much, much less than skimpy tops many women wear! If anyone's offended by my breastfeeding then they are more than welcome to pop a blanket over their own head.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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I was a single mom with my daughter as well, we did not go to the mall. I waited until she was older (about 6 months) and had some immunizations beneath her. Now there is influenza, which can kill a baby. I am definitely concerned of that! You can catch it from a single sneeze within a 6 feet perimeter, a baby is not immunized for influenza until they are 1 year of age. I am far from crazy about germs but I am aware. I put my son in Daycare at 10 months but he had 3 bouts of immunizations by then.



I did take my daughter to get Groceries and I breastfed her exclusively (never ever a bottle) for 16 months but I breastfed her before and after..... I never ever went out for more than a 2-3 hour period at a time. However, I am a very strict routine person, so that is the biggest reason for me. My children need to be home by certain times so that they are on their routine at all times. It is one of the reasons my 15.5 month old, puts his arms out to his crib at 8pm because he has always followed a strict routine or why my daugher of 13 years, is ready for bed by 9pm.



Everyone is different but for me there is no reason to be out with a baby for more than 2-3 hours unless it is an emergency... If they only need to eat every 2-3 hours then the need to breastfeed in public is not really required.

Maree - posted on 02/03/2012

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I love shopping and it makes me feel better sometimes to get out of the house and go buy something nice...not usually clothes but maybe something for the house or baby clothes,toys etc. My daughter is happy sitting in the pram for an hour or so,sometimes more if necessary and when she was very little she would sleep better in the pram than she would at home....so it was good for both of us and would give me a break from pacing the hall at home carrying her.



My kids are 10 years apart. I have an 11 year old son and 10 month old daughter. I was single when i had my son and had no help whatsoever....so he came everywhere with me up until he started kindy at 5 years old,then i could do things during the week while he was at school.



I am not really concerned about germs....of course i know it's possible for my baby to catch a cold or whatever but it is probably more likely that she gets a cold from her brother,something that he would catch from someone at school....so i'm not going to sit at home all day every day and go crazy because of germs.



Although i go to a mothers group,visit family, go to the park etc...i still like to get out and have a coffee on my own with my daughter or have a wonder round the shops. I don't want to only go out to do groceries...i don't work and i won't be working...so i want to be able to do something that i enjoy sometimes.



I am not willing...nor do i have any option...to leave my baby with anyone,family,daycare...or anyone else. I am not comfortable leaving her at all especially as she is breast fed and in a routine where she can be very hard to settle if things are not done exactly as i would do them.



I don't think there is anything wrong with doing things for yourself. I see it kind of like when a woman gets a job because she wants to have some adult company...and the baby goes to daycare. It isn't "bad" that the woman needs or wants to work and it also isn't bad if a SAHM needs or wants to go shopping. A baby can be quite happy being pushed around in the pram...and can also be happy in daycare away from it's mother...I don't really see the difference.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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Ah, I see, makes sense, I guess. I have a 12 year age gap between my children and it never takes me more than 2-3 hours to get groceries, which is for 4 people (2 adults, a teen and a toddler), I go every 2 weeks (I spend $500 each time and go to 2 to 3 places) so perhaps it is because you require taking the children for why it takes as long as it does for you, I dunno... However, I take my daughter to get shoes and so forth without my lil' one... I understand, again, that not everyone has the option of someone at home. This is just my opinion. I kept my baby clear of malls (except, I think twice) and other large department stores.... I guess I am only going on my own experience. I don't want my baby to get sick until they have been immunized. Most adults have not been immunized within the 10 year requirement (many haven't been since they were in High School), I make sure to keep my unimmunized children away until they are.



Regardless, I think it is important that if you "need" to go to a public place you are understanding and aware of others. You really should be respectful and try to be as inconspicuos with the breastfeeding. Not everyone feels the same as a breastfeeding mom that is not reluctant to keep it a quiet, remote feeding. Some people are just not comfortable and they shouldn't be made to be.....

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2012

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MeMe it takes us 2hrs to grocery shop everytime we ever set foot in a grocery store. Also I have always taken my babies and kids to the mall. I have other kids that need shoes, clothing etc. So yes my babies had to go with me, the same for all my kids sporting events some of which can last several hours my infants had to go as well.



I don't worry about germs heck the first place we took my infants the day we were released from the hospital was to the kids elementary school to show them off to their classmates and all their teachers. We even went out to eat the night I came home from the hospital.



I have large age gaps between my 2nd & 3rd 7yrs to be exact and then another 5yrs between 3rd and soon to be 4th. So my oldest is 15 where my youngest right now is 5 and then soon to be another newborn. Not to mention I do in home daycare too so they are surrounded by germs and little kids touching, breathing on them from day 1.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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One also must wonder where is it some of you are going shopping with your babies? A baby only needs to eat every 2-3 hours, if you feel the need to go to a mall with your baby then you are thinking of your own wants not your needs. I can see needing to go to get Groceries but honestly if it takes you 2 - 3 hours to get Groceries then there is something out of the ordinary there as well... Do you really need to go "shopping" for clothes, shoes, house accessories and the sort with a baby?? That is somewhat mindless of your baby anyhow, IMO. Do you know how many germs are in a mall or a large department store? That is not healthy to begin with for a baby... I think it is selfish if you want to go shopping for nothing more than necessities with a baby or a toddler.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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I am not only thinking of myself, I am thinking of others. I always went to my truck.. My husband works very hard too and so do I. My children stay home when I go shopping. He helped make the kids, so he must help when shopping needs come about. Yes, not all have the benefits of having someone at home to keep the children, so just do your best to cover the boob. It may not be being used in a sexual manner but it is a very personal body part.... However, I also have an issue with all the guys that run around showing their ass because they don't know how to pull up their pants! I don't need to see your body, I don't care to and many others feel the same way...



However, I absolutely agree with Maree. I can understand a baby much more than a toddler. A toddler does not need to be fed in public, plain and simple... A baby, yes, needs to be fed more often but it still does not mean you need to have your shirt over your head to do it. You can still be inconspicuous about feeding in public...

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2012

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Me Me, if you don't like what you see, look away and keep walking!



And not everyone has the convenience of a partner or babysitter to look after the baby while Mum goes out shopping or whatever.



If I hadn't felt comfortable breastfeeding in public, I wouldn't have left the house for nearly a year after having my daughter. The little darling refused to take a bottle,ever, so it was a case of taking her with me everywhere and feeding wherever.

Maree - posted on 02/03/2012

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If i didn't take my babies shopping then we would probably starve...my husband works very hard and it is my job wherever possible to do the shopping. If i needed to feed my baby and there was no feeding room i would have to do it in a public place...however,i would rather not.I don't feel very comfortable feeding in public as my baby won't allow me to cover her head and i don't want to accidently squirt milk or show a nipple. I have no issue with anyone else doing it though,it certainly doesn't offend me and i think they should be proud,not ashamed.

I am a very nervous,self concious,private person and although i am a proud breast feeder,i would be very embarrassed if my boob...or even worse...my belly showed while i was feeding.



I make,and have made every effort to feed my baby before going out to avoid having to stop whilst out shopping...except for the first couple of months after birth,my baby pretty much only fed every 4 hours anyway and up until then,i was mostly at home settling in,unable to drive due to c-section,struggling with mastitis,thrush...and a severe reflux baby. The last thing i was going to do was attempt to breast feed in public (without my lounge,pillows,vomit towels etc lol)



I have,on many occasions had to eat while feeding but only at home...if dinner was ready i would attempt to eat (very difficult) and feed my daughter. If i didn't,my dinner would be ruined and not edible...my baby would feed for an hour when she was little and i knew it was important for me and for her that i eat properly.



There are times when out with a little baby (and many people have no choice but to take their baby everywhere...me included) that they become hungry all of a sudden and go absolutely mental. To go to your car or try find a feeding room is sometimes not possible. It didn't happen much to me but once it happened at IKEA...that God damn place is IMPOSSIBLE. I saw a woman bf-ing on a lounge at one of the bedroom displays which i thought was kinda funny...not offensive at all. I eventually found a toilet block after being led in the wrong direction several times and by then my baby was a total mess !!!! I don't believe though,that i should just sit at home for the first 6 months till my baby is past feeding on demand,i think i would have become VERY depressed if i had done that.



One thing i don't understand (and i do not mean to offend anyone,i just haven't experienced it)...is when people are in public feeding older babies like 2 year olds and claiming that they MUST feed the baby as they are hungry....I think that a child of that age is quite capable of having another type of drink or food and could most likely wait till later to breast feed....seriously...are they really THAT hungry ??? Correct me if i am wrong here !!! I just think that people who are bf-ing older kids are doing it because their child just feels like it or it shuts them up....I have done this (my bub is is 10 months). I don't think my baby desperately needed it but it kept her quiet for 10 minutes so i could finish a conversation..lol.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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Alessia, again you are only thinking of yourself! I am thinking of everyone other than me.... If you have to eat at the same time as your baby, then you must be one starving woman... I never ever had to eat when I fed my baby. A baby doesn't know or care where they are at when they eat... I may understand that you are only feeding your child but my child does not! Keep your boobs to yourself or go to a public place that advocates it, I don't go to those places so the coast is clear... I prefer to not go to a mall and see boobs. However, if you are successful in hiding it with a receiving blanket or the sort, than their is no issue but if you flant it because you feel you are privliged to do so, than in my opinion there is something seriously wrong with your respect of others and their children. Not everyone breastfeeds and not everyone is comfortable with it or seeing it. I am just very conscience of others and their beliefs and thoughts, rather than only my own...



Also, it was only an example of going to the washroom, really I wouldn't want to do that either, so I take that back now that I have thought about it. Thos public washrooms are nasty, I don't even want to use them let alone sit there and feed my baby. Sorry for such a poor example, it wasn't a good one. Just keep it to yourself and family, hide it with a blanket or something along that line. As a matter in fact, I would always go to my vehicle. However, I also do not agree with taking babies out to many places (my son is now 15 months and he does not go shopping - there is no need for it), so it wasn't something I had to be concerned with often....



I should add that my mother's husband did not feel comfortable with it. I was asked by my mother to keep it covered... So, I respected his wishes, who am I to force it upon others? That just isn't very thoughtful..

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2012

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I never fed my babies in the bathroom Alessia I simply completely covered if I had to breastfeed in public or did it in the car where I had privacy. I don't think it is anything more than feeding your child, just that my child doesn't need to see it and nobody eleses children need to see me either.

Alessia - posted on 02/03/2012

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Yes, because my favorite spot to eat a meal is a bathroom.



Bottom line, I nurse wherever and however I want. If you see my (insert ominous music here) breast or my (dun dun dun.....) nipple, and you think anything other than "oh look that woman is nursing", then you've got issues.



My husband has seen my friends nurse (yes, he has seen their breasts) and thought nothing of it. He could care less. They're only sexual when they're mine and we're....shocking....having sex.



People who view nursing as something other than "feeding a baby" need serious therapy.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/03/2012

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I agree with Sherri. I am all for breastfeeding, did it myself with both my kids. My daughter was 12 when her brother was born and I sat in my living room breastfeeding my son. However, I would prefer that when bringing my children out in public they weren't subjected to woman and boobies hanging out, even if there is a baby attached. We as women are not allowed to walk around without shirts on, as a man can, so we really shouldn't be making others that are not comfortable with bare breasts, for feeding or not, be subjected to our private bodies... I say cover it up, go to a bathroom. It is not the same as using a bottle, as others have tried to dictate. A bottle is not a part of our bodies, it is an item, it is not attached to us, of which makes a bottle non-personable. Yes, we are still feeding our babies but it is our choice on how we feed them, it is not something we should expect others to be a part of, it was not their choice it was ours as an individual...

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2012

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Breasts in my opinion on strangers are something that should be kept private. I don't want or need them seeing other woman breastfeeding whether in person, on TV or in school. Yes they have seen it at home and that is more than enough in my opinion.



However, I also feel this way about others children with myself as well. I would not and do not feel any strangers or strangers kids need to see me do it as well.

Janice - posted on 02/03/2012

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I'm curious on why exactly you wouldnt want your child to see breastfeeding. What do think might happen? If your child knows what breastfeeding is because they see it at home than I would imagine that if they saw it on TV, in school or anywhere, they wouldn't think twice about it.



Young children only know breasts are private or sexual because we tell them or they catch on to adults being uncomfortable.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/03/2012

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I almost had to breast feed in Brownies last night. I don't feel comfortable feeding in front of a group of girls and guide leaders, but that's my choice. I breastfeed at home near our sliding glass door and I don't care if someone sees me that way. I guess it's because I'm in my own home. I did breastfeed more in public myself when my baby would allow me to cover her and no one went blind.



My 7 year old has seen me breast feed and she's seen other women breastfeed out in public. Also here in BC if you go to any of the larger clinics you'll see moms breastfeeding before and after their children get vaccinations and posters promoting breastfeeding (So Natural, so organic so Canadian) So far none of the children I've known have experianced any long lasting negative affects.

Johnny - posted on 02/02/2012

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If you only have one child, they won't get the opportunity to see their mother breastfeed. Where I live, most women only have one or two kids. Aside from that, even if it it isn't necessary, I can not imagine what possible harm could come to a child if they saw another woman breastfeed, in the street or in their classroom or on Sesame Street. I reserve my concern about the things my child sees to those that could actually harm her.

Sherri - posted on 02/02/2012

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Yup same here Veronica all my kids have seen myself breastfeed, family and closest of friends as well. They have also seen plenty of bottles as well. So they are well versed in both areas of being able to feed a baby.

Veronica - posted on 02/02/2012

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I breastfeed at home in front of my kids all the time. They all grew up watching their younger siblings being fed by their mom, and they are comfortable with it. I just think it's the mother's responsibility to teach her own children about breastfeeding. My sister only bottlefed her children, but she explained to them about breastfeeding when they were very young, so that they would understand that there were two ways to feed a baby.

Maree - posted on 02/02/2012

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true Alessia...unfortunately society has got to the point of making something NATURAL,something offensive !!!



I make sure i talk to my son about breast feeding all the time and make sure he sees me feeding his sister as well. Other people can..and will, do whatever they want but i for one will be teaching my children the benefits of breast feeding and what "I" consider,the RISKS of not...I don't need for them to see it on a tv show because i am perfectly capable of teaching them myself but i still think it would be a good thing to show it...people who don't want to see it can turn it off !!...if they are unable to get to the remote control fast enough...well i'm sure their child will not need therapy to get over what they just saw !!!



I really don't understand why some people are so offended by it or feel the need to shield their children....I don't see it as a woman deliberately and offensively flashing her boobs at my innocent pre- teen !! ... I see it as a way of nourishing a baby or child,nothing more..nothing less.



I guess it's possible that as my son gets older he MAY look at a woman bf-ing and "think" something...i doubt it though,the point of him seeing it and seeing it as normal is not only to teach him that this is the best way to feed a child but also to avoid him "perving". I think a child who never really sees bf-ing is much more likely to stare when they do happen to see it. Not that there is much chance of that happening,considering breast feeding rates are shockingly low....my son is with me ALOT and has only ever seen a few family members bf-ing,he has never seen a stranger bf-ing...this is why i see it as VERY important to educate him because what he sees and is taught by society is that bottle feeding is normal,breast feeding is not.....this tells me that i DO NOT want society teaching my children anything !!!

Alessia - posted on 02/02/2012

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AVERT YOUR EYES!!!! BEWARE BEWARE! IT"S A [insert scary music here] WOMAN'S BRRREEEAAASSSTTT!!!!!



Oh the children! Oh the humanity! They will be scarred for life because they're witnessing a natural act that female mammals have evolved to do for millions of years! How dare they show this eeeeeeeeevil horrrible thing to children! Let them play with guns and watch people getting killed instead! The human body is eeeeeeeevil and scary and should never be seen in the light or by the innocent eyes of children!



O.o

Sherri - posted on 02/02/2012

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I would NOT be happy if they brought in a woman and breastfed in front of my child. Showing it in a book fine.

Michele - posted on 02/02/2012

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I think it would be fine to be taught in school, but we aren't even talking about "teaching" them bf on SS. Just letting it be seen as a normal thing like any other way of feeding your baby.

Stifler's - posted on 02/02/2012

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I wouldn't mind it being taught in their school.Breastfeeding ohhh noo how obscene!

Merry - posted on 02/02/2012

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Heck yeah kids should be taught about breastfeeding at any and every time they are taught about bottles.

Children's books, tv shows, school health class, biology class, sex Ed, any time we mention bottles as the way babies are fed we should be also teaching the natural way to feed babies.

Johnny - posted on 02/02/2012

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It is being taught in my child's school. My daughter's pre-school is currently doing a Seeds of Empathy program in which a mother and newborn baby come to the classroom. The children learn about what the baby's needs are and how the mother responds to them. Last week they talked about and saw her breastfeed. I am thrilled. The program is designed to help young children learn that others have needs too.



Learning for children shouldn't just be limited to matching, numbers, colours and ABC's. They need to learn all about life. My daughter actually knows about baby needs because we have talked about it at home. But there is nothing wrong with her learning it at school or on Sesame Street too.

Veronica - posted on 02/02/2012

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That whole idea is crazy. I thought Sesame Street is for entertaining kids and for teaching them about colors, letters, matching, and manners. those kinds of things. I think breastfeeding should be taught by the mother in the family who is breastfeeding. For those of you who are for it being shown on SS, would you want it taught in your child's school? I wouldn't.

Janice - posted on 02/02/2012

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My daughter was watching SS last week and in Elmo's Worlds they were focusing on mouths. During the montage their was a baby eating jar food and a baby getting a bottle. Now I understand why they couldn't show a baby's mouth on a breast, but it definitely made me think of this thread. SS is about more than just ABCs as some people claim.



Its funny, even though my daughter sees me breastfeed her brother and even says "Ba eat booboo milk" her version of 'brother eats booby milk', when she plays with her dolls she always goes out of her way to find the one play bottle to feed them. Considering she never took bottles I am pretty sure she learned that 'baby's drink bottles' from the pre-school shows she watches.

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Kaitlin, they already show bottles, but no breastfeeding anymore. A big part of what SS shows is "normal", everyday life in different families. It's not that we're saying have a big how-to segment on it, but during the course of the show, just show some of the moms feeding babies the normal way instead of always with bottles.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/02/2012

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The link isn't working for me- what is it for? Is it for a clip to the old SS episodes that involve bfing?



I honestly don't think it's really an issue- I breastfed my children, and i"m not ashamed to do it in public, etc, but I don't see how a young children's show needs to address this issue. I'm a little confused by the supposed controversy.

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At first when I saw this was being posted about I was like heck yeah. Then I read some other comments on here and thought about it. I do still think they should, but how would it even be brought up is what I'm curious about. It's not like Elmo is going to do a show about breastfeeding. (Sorry, I haven't watched Sesame Street since I was young and my son only watches Elmo.) If they could find a way to work something in that would seem natural, but I don't necessarily think Sesame Street should go all out on some big production to show it when it is mainly kids watching it anyway. However they could just not show bottles either.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/25/2012

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Honestly I think it all depends on the person. I did carry to term, I didn't get many stretch marks, some on my upper thighs.. I had c-sections but that wouldn't matter... I would love to not have saggy ones though but am very happy I was able to use them to feed my babies... No one has the same body or experience but breastfeeding, if you can and if you are comfortable with it, is a good choice for your baby... I was also 22 years of age with my first that I breastfeed for 16 months and 34 years of age with my 2nd that I breastfeed for 3 months... Hey - I did the math wrong on my previous post.. I breastfed for a total of 19 months not 21.. ;) Although it was after my first child that my breasts became saggy, they were perky before but it was all down hill after... lol Not saying it happens to everyone....



But to get back to topic, as others have said this is off topic and well it is. ;)



Even though I am pro breastfeeding (but have had to use bottles too, so am not against the bottle either, since I couldn't do it once my son was 3 months) I wouldn't want my 15 month old watching it but then again, as someone else posted they show babies being fed bottles, so they do have a point! ;)

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I'm at 3.5 years...I'm not done yet...but so far so good (knock on wood!)



My mom is convinced it has a lot to do with the elasticity of the skin, age of the mother, and how many pregnancies.



I never got stretch marks, but I did delivery two months early- I think that might have a lot to do with why I didn't get some of the typical pregnancy "gifts" lol- Although, I would trade that in a heartbeat for being able to gestate my child to term. The NICU was rough for both of us.



I have no one in my family to compare them to because EVERYONE in my family has had breast implants, but me. And they all have had them removed, which leaves extra skin. Except my Grandma- she is still rocking her implants! lol



Also, according to my waxing lady who breastfed collectively for 14 years- after a few years of being free from breastfeeding and pregnancy your breasts start returning to a less saggy more full state. My buddy said this about his wife, too! I will take that good news to heart.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/25/2012

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My breasts are "saggy" for sure! ;) I do think 21 months made them like this, mine are not large, they are not itty bitty's either but my god they are saggy! Thank god for good bra's! Whoot Whoot

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LOL Jamie, my mom is almost 60 (she'll be 59 in August) and she still has nice breasts that haven't been affected by gravity. It could also be because my brother and I are adopted though- sorry to dissapoint FF moms because if you had a baby everything goes where it shouldn't. Of course I'd guess that if you have large breasts they may sag a bit too. I'm convicned genetics may play a part in this too though because her sisters don't have saggy breasts either and one of them had one baby!

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/25/2012

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I am all for breastfeeding! Did it for 16 months with my first and 3 months (due to infection I had to stop:( ) with my second. Although, I would prefer it was not on a kids show. I mean, they aren't breastfeeding and what would it teach them, since it is "their" show... Having it on a Moms show like the "Mom Show" would be awesome! ;)

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LOL Megan! I have was really worried for awhile about what my breasts would look like when I was done breastfeeding.



At this point they have shrunk (sadly...I like big boobs) to their original size and look pretty much the same. The nipples are slightly bigger, but that is it. I wonder when my sons completely wean if they are going to look like deflated balloons! LOL- not fun



Also, mommy tummy goes away! (well, for most people!) Some of my friends say it takes two years.



I've also heard it is after the 3rd baby that "mommy tummy" sticks around for the long haul. Not in everyone, of course...but I did hear that is when they noticed it is a lot harder to get back into shape.



But that is crazy your moms boobs still look the same! I thought gravity takes a toll on boobs, breastfeeding or not! Lucky lady!

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Tracey, my paternal grandma used to give her kids raw milk back in the 40's,50's and 60's (after the breastfeeding of course) She also kept them all on a restrictive Vegan diet until they were 18. They (all 7) all rebeled after 18 and most of my dad's sisters are obese. She did a lot of things to the extreme(yeah, some of thise may have been off topic). I will say one thing though up here in BC where regular milk is 4.59 for 4litres and organic milk is almost 10$ for the same amount, I'll have to stick with regular milk.



ETA: Jamie, I read your blog, no wonder my mom's boobs are still in one spot! She also doesn't have the mommy tummy. I honestly never knew I was going to breast feed. I'm a very impulsive person and I usually just go with what I feel like doing.

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