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Parents Talk: Breastfeeding Rules of Engagement

Should parents be able to post pics of a mother breastfeeding on Facebook? Should Sesame Street be teaching children about the subject?

This week's topic deals with breastfeeding. An always controversial topic, it can become even more inflamed when you bring in two aspects—breastfeeding in public and breastfeeding on Seasame Street.

The National Post has a story out of Vancouver, Canada of a breastfeeding mom who is taking on Facebook's nudity policy about the subject. Facebook and the breastfeeding activists are engaged in a battle over the posting of photographs that show mothers feeding their babies. According to the article Facebook has a very strict nudity policy and the latest incident happened Saturday, when the mother was sent a written warning that a photo of her and her two-year-old daughter Chloe, who was breastfeeding at the time, was considered “sexually explicit.”

At the same time, a television station based in Ohio, WNWO, is reporting that a local mom is petitioning for breastfeeding on Sesame Street. It wasn't long ago that Sesame Street openly taught children about breastfeeding, and now nursing mothers want it brought back. The Sesame Street breastfeeding petition was started by mom blogger Lani Michelle. She said she wants "lactivism" to go mainstream.

This can arguably deemed a hot button issue. Whether you are for or against breastfeeding and all that comes with the job, share your opinions. So for those roaming the , if you are shopping at or taking in some fresh air at someplace like how would you feel? Is it acceptable to openly breast feed in public, or post pictures of the act on a public site. Also, to what extent should one be covered if nursing in public.

Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Great post! I breastfed all three of my kids, and while I never exposed my breasts in public, I breastfed in public places more times than I can count. When a baby gets hungry, you have to do what you have to do. There are ways to be discreet, even without a nursing cover. Personally, I don't think it's appropriate to blatantly expose your breasts in public when breastfeeding (or any other time, for that matter) but I do know that sometimes things happen and babies pull down blankets at the worst possible time. I would not be bothered by something like that. And as for Facebook photos, I have personally placed a breastfeeding photo on FB in direct response to a situation like this a couple of years ago. My photo was not removed by Facebook, but it was not inappropriate in that it didn't show anything more than a low cut shirt would show. As for Sesame Street, I like the idea of kids being taught about breastfeeding. It is a natural thing for moms to breastfeed. In my own case, my kids are spaced several years apart, so each was aware of the next being breastfed, and since it was the norm around our house, there were no uncomfortable issues--it was just mom feeding the baby. Just my two cents. :)
Denise Bertacchi January 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
As for Sesame Street, I don't think it applies. The program is meant to teach kids basic knowledge in a fun way. LITTLE kids. Little kids are not the decision makers when it comes to how babies are fed. I'm not going to be offended if they have a breast feeding mom in a scene, but I don't need them making a breast feeding muppet. Teach kids what THEY should be eating, teach them numbers and letters. Leave the issue of breast feeding to the moms.
Candace Jarrett January 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I completely agree with your opinion Angela. I breastfed; however, I also pumped so a lot of times I had bottles when I was out in public.
Candace Jarrett January 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Well put Denise.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
@Candace, I also pumped with my oldest two since I worked in a corporate setting at the time. And in my case, after they were able to start eating some food, I was able to keep the nursing in private settings for the most part. @Denise--Agreed. The scene in the video above was ok for me, but I wouldn't want a breastfeeding puppet. :)

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