We're a decade into the 21st century and, amazingly, the topic of breastfeeding still causes controversy. Just last year, a judge ruled that a woman couldn't breast feed in "his" court and Facebook deleted thousands of photos of mothers with babies at their breasts. Despite this controversy -- or maybe because of it -- some moms want to bring breastfeeding back to public television, specifically on Sesame Street. Some parents are asking the show to promote breastfeeding again and are passing around a petition. The battle lines are drawn. Some think breastfeeding should be discussed out in the open -- and explained to kids -- while others think it's not appropriate for young ears.
Slacker thinks that it shouldn’t be up to a show to teach a child about social issues and thinks that parents need to become responsible again. He doesn’t think that breastfeeding is a bad thing that should be hidden from children…he just thinks that parents should be more responsible in raising their children. He also asked that if the show addresses that issue, should it also tackle other bigger issues like drug addiction and forced relations? Where do you draw the line?
I'm not a parent, but I do not see a problem with kids learning about breastfeeding. My parents were very open to conversation with me about any topic. They would answer any questions I had and always made sure that I had facts...not something I heard in the halls at school. I think that Sesame Street teaching kids about this topic will only open the door for parents to discuss real life issues with their kids.
What do you think? Should Sesame Street address this issue with child viewers?