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Old 01-14-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Anybody remember when Maria on Sesame Street nursed her baby? How do you feel about nursing being on Sesame Street or for that matter being incorporated in more TV shows? I mean we see people walking down the street, playing video games, and many other daily activities. Have you ever seen nursing on a TV show as just a routine part of life?

TODAYMoms - Should breast-feeding be shown on Sesame Street?
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: North America
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I don't see what the big deal is.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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I think it is fine. It is educational, and appropriate. When do the Muppets start making baby puppets, and explaining that?
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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If it makes sense to show bottle feeding in a particular scene, I don't see why it would be inappropriate to show breast feeding. The Moppet writers wouldn't have an actress whip out her breast (or a bottle for that matter) without some kind of context to support it.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Rogers, Arkansas
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I think it is fine too.
There have been scenes on Parenthood and also Desperate Housewives where a mom character was nursing while chatting/ making dinner etc, which I think is good. While discussing breastfeeding and information is important, it is also important for it to not always be talked about, be part of normal "every day life".
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:43 PM
 
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I think it is fine too.
There have been scenes on Parenthood and also Desperate Housewives where a mom character was nursing while chatting/ making dinner etc, which I think is good. While discussing breastfeeding and information is important, it is also important for it to not always be talked about, be part of normal "every day life".
Wow. You are right. I have seen that on both of those shows and it didn't even register until you mentioned it. I guess I see it as such a natural thing that I didn't even think about it at the time.

I think most kids will notice it even less than adults would because to them, that is the only thing breasts are for. Well, that and randomly grabbing them in the middle of the store while you are talking to someone. lol.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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Yes, absolutely. I don't remember Maria nursing her baby (I think she was still dating David when I watched the show as a kid!), but I can't imagine a MORE appropriate venue to expose kids to the concept of breastfeeding than on Sesame Street. After all, most kids either have younger siblings at home, or see nursing babies at the park, at friends' or relatives' homes, etc., so it's already part of their life. And if they have not been exposed to it, then all the more reason to have Sesame Street fill that gap.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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uptown_urbanist...I totally agree with you...it is a part of life...an essential part of life...and I've never met a youngin who was embarrassed by it...maybe curious...but never offended...that seems to be exclusive to adults...for some strange reason.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Absolutely. I have friends who would not let their children watch the movie "Babies" because the women in Namibia were bare-breasted. I thought that was a sad statement, and is the parent's issue, not the kids.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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I'm ok with it as long as its not Elmo being breastfed.
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