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I am finishing up my midwifery apprenticeship and plan to be a real midwife early in 2014!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Breastfeeding is Normal

Recently I've been outraged to hear of the Facebook policies that say that pictures of women breastfeeding are "obscene." There is nothing obscene about this very natural way of feeding babies--milk begins to be produced as soon as a baby is born. And we should ignore this natural resource? Not a chance when it has been proven over and over that breastmilk is the absolute best thing for babies to eat. Formula does serve a purpose, but we should be holding high this very natural and beautiful way of feeding babies. (I think I'm preaching to the choir though!)

I was just made aware of this youtube. It's a snippet of Sesame Street, from 1977. That Jim Henson! We were very pleasantly surprised when re-watching Muppet Shows with the kids (like the "Why Can't We Be Friends" sketch) at his prophetic nature for the times he was writing. Here you can see a very simple explanation--and demonstration--of breastfeeding.


Xenia Kathryn said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet video! I'd never seen that. Seems so "counter-culture" compared to today.

I'm holding my own post-nursing-napping baby right now :)

Mimi said...

Ok, I'm outing myself as old, but I totally remember when Buffy St. Marie was on Sesame Street! Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I was born in '83 and grew up watching Sesame Street and was a breastfed baby. Now that I am expecting my first and have heard some awful things about the modern Sesame Street it really makes me think that my parents had me in a different time. I wish more tv shows showed or talked about breastfeeding.


margaret said...

I think other women's boobs in my face in a cafe is obscene. I really don't want to see them. Sure, it's natural, but so is defecating. If they can't do it modestly they should stay home until their kid is six or whenever the normal age for stopping is nowadays.