Breastfeeding on Sesame Street in 1977

October 15th, 2007 by MamaBear

Someone on MDC posted and linked to this wonderful video from Sesame Street in 1977. It’s so sweet and so wonderful I can’t NOT embed it here. Enjoy! :)

(And many, many thanks to the kind soul who posted it on YouTube. Whoever you are, THANK YOU for sharing this with the world.)

ETA: The woman who is breastfeeding her son is Buffy Sainte-Marie.  (Thanks, Buffy, wherever you are. You make the world a better place.)

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10 Responses to “Breastfeeding on Sesame Street in 1977”

  1. amanda Says:

    love it!

  2. Melanie Says:


    Gave me goosebumps.

    Thank you so much.

  3. MamaBear Says:

    I don’t feel I can take credit for it, but you’re welcome. :)

    (I thought the same thing when I watched it too.)

  4. sheluv Says:

    After being viewed 50,000 times in 4 weeks, this sweet clip been taken down by YouTube for “terms of use violation”

    14,000 other clips tagged “Sesame Street” remain on the site


  5. MamaBear Says:

    WHAT?! You have GOT to be kidding me.

    Nope. After checking, I see you’re not. OMFG!!!! This makes me INSANE with rage.

  6. MamaSpruce Says:

    This also really, really pisses me off. How in the world could it be a violation? There wasn’t even any skin showing.

  7. MamaBear Says:

    MamaSpruce and everyone else,

    I called Sesame Workshop yesterday and spoke to someone about this situation. The person I spoke to told me explicitly that Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop had nothing whatsoever to do with the pulling of this video off of YouTube. The only two violations I can think of are (a) a copyright violation or (b) indecency violation.

    The (a) is a moot point since there are over 11,000 Sesame Street videos on YouTube right now. And (b) is also pretty moot since YouTube allows horribly obscene rape videos on it under different community names (I know because I read “I Blame the Patriarchy” blog and that terrifying bit of information was in the comments section once).

    So that leaves me to draw the conclusion that someone contacted YouTube and either (a) pretended to work for Sesame Street and say that there had been an infringement of copyright or (b) someone said that the breastfeeding video offended them. Either way, YouTube pulled the video and now we have what we have. YouTube no longer has any of the breastfeeding videos by Sesame Street on it anymore (there were three that I personally saw and knew about). However, it still contains Sesame Street videos with bottle-feeding babies in it (one of them posted by the same person who posted one of the breastfeeding videos, so YouTube wasn’t targeting a specific user; they were targeting breastfeeding videos made by Sesame Street). Maybe a new community on YouTube should be created, specifically for breastfeeding, so that at the very least one of those reasons (the “breastfeeding offends me” one) will no longer be valid for whoever complains…

  8. Song Says:

    MamaBear, keep digging. Can you get through to the powers that be at YouTube and get more information about how this happened?

  9. MamaBear Says:


    I believe I could definitely try. I’d honestly put the Sesame Street video thing on the back burner since I made that call to Sesame Workshop and since I have so many other things cooking! :) But you know what? You’re right. I need to not let this one go. It’s just too important. There are SO many important issues like this going on, and it’s so hard to know which ones to give attention to, when they all need it. It’s a total travesty that this has happened, and I wouldn’t be surprised AT ALL if it were just another IFC-maneuvered hoodwink. Those fuckers would TOTALLY do something like this.

  10. Gabriele Says:

    I can’t believe it’s gone!
    I also have been searching for the Mr. Rogers episode. I wish I had taped it!!
    I have been hunting all over the internet to see if someone has uploaded it, but have searched to no avail.
    I can’t even figure out the actual episode number! :(

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