Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Case Against Breastfeeding on Sesame Street

I keep doing it... reading those COMMENTS on articles and blogs regarding the movement to bring breastfeeding back on Sesame Street. It's almost laughable the ignorance and hate spurting out of these anonymous computer entities. Maybe if they saw breastfeeding on Sesame Street growing up they would know what it is actually about. LOL.

"I don't want Sesame Street teaching my children about sexual education."

Okay... I don't know what goes on in your bedroom... but here's a newsflash for you... breastfeeding is not sexual. THINK about it for a minute... No, seriously... stop your anti-breastfeeding hate brain for a minute and think. Do you believe that all those women who are feeding their children are performing a sexual act with their infants? Was Mary having sex with Jesus for the three years that she breastfed him? Just because a part of the body can be used for sexual pleasure doesn't mean that's its only function. When you wipe yourself after going to the bathroom are you masturbating? How about when you change a diaper on your baby, are you molesting them? Yeah, I didn't think so. Calling breastfeeding "sexual" is just as ridiculous.

"What's next, having Sesame Street teach our kids about sex, abortion, and other adult topics?"

Breastfeeding is not an adult topic. If you are alright with your child seeing a mother feeding a baby with a bottle, then you should also be okay with a mother breastfeeding. Both mothers are accomplishing the same task, and neither one is taboo or something that should be hidden from a curious child. Would you shield your child's eyes at the zoo if they happened to catch a nursing mammal with cute springtime babies? Run in horror the other way? Somehow it seems when it's another mammal everyone *gets* it. But put a human in the picture and suddenly the comments turn nasty and mean.

"Next thing you know they'll be showing poop and peeing on Sesame Street."

Pay attention, Elmo has potty trained your child before. They might not SHOW the poop, just like how when they show breastfeeding you don't actually see the whole breast, but it is implied.

"We just expect TV to teach our kids about everything."

Having breastfeeding featured again on Sesame Street is not going to be the downfall of our culture. Do some kids watch too much TV - absolutely. That's a different topic for a different day folks. Get yer own petition if you want to start limiting children's programing. Mmmmm K? K.

"i downt wunt them nasty tittys on Seasame Streete for my kidz to c. Dats be gross."

Sigh. Parents like you are exactly why we NEED your children to see breastfeeding on Sesame Street.

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Children are curious about breastfeeding. How do I know this? I know because almost every time I'm nursing in public a curious child wanders over and takes a gander. Sometimes they ask me questions, sometimes they smile and run back to their mom to ask her about it, and sometimes they are just plain confused. I've been asked before if I drink [cows] milk and then it fills up in my boobs for the baby to drink. Seriously your kids WANT to know what is going on in there. And if you think breastfeeding is "disgusting" or "sexual" then you obviously shouldn't be the person teaching them.

You may have your hang-ups about breastfeeding, but this all really isn't about you. It's about THEM. The next generation. Why do you want to stand in the way of the next generation of children becoming breastfeeding parents who will improve health, decrease risks, and keep our IQ levels where they should be?

5 comments:

  1. "i downt wunt them nasty tittys on Seasame Streete for my kidz to c. Dats be gross."

    I think it's pretty obvious that this person has never even WATCHED Sesame Street. I mean, come on, my 5 year old has better grammar than that...

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  3. Love this response! It's so perfect!

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