In addition to children learning their ABC’s on Sesame Street, moms push for another lesson–breastfeeding is a natural part of life. More than 10,000 women have signed an online petition to bring breast-feeding back to Sesame Street to “normalize” it.
Apparently, there were scenes with breast-feeding on the children’s show in the 70’s and 80’s, which are now replaced by bottle-feeding scenes instead. In an older version of the show, the mom explained on air that breast-feeding was normal and the milk was sweet and natural while breast-feeding.
The petitioning moms opt for healthier living for children. On the petition site, they said “Please note… We are not asking Sesame Street to remove bottle feeding. We are asking that both ways of feeding babies be shown as normal. If we normalize breast-feeding in our community, especially with our children, we can help raise a generation of breast feeders which will support our economy, make for healthier children and lessen the risk of breast cancer for many nursing mamas!”
The petition, trailing a breast-feeding “nurse in” that occurred in December, has directed attention to the subject of public breast-feeding. Some 100 Target stores in 35 states protested after Michelle Hickman was harassed for nursing her 5-month old at a store in Webster, Texas. Although, medical professionals and officials promote breastfeeding against sicknesses, breast cancer, obesity, SIDs, and other harmful diseases, many believe that we are not ready for public feeding.