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11/10/2016 01:12 pm ET Updated Nov 10, 2016

Remember When 'Sesame Street' Normalized Breastfeeding?

Check out these vintage clips.

Today marks 47 years since “Sesame Street” first premiered on television. In its nearly half-century run, the show has undoubtedly made an impact on families across the country with its emphasis on making learning fun.

But the show has also shown a commitment to educating kids in subjects beyond numbers, colors and the alphabet. In 1977, Big Bird and cast member Buffy Sainte-Marie taught young “Sesame Street” viewers about breastfeeding.

In a one-minute scene, Sainte-Marie breastfed her son Cody and answered Big Bird’s questions about nursing.”Lots of mothers feed their babies this way,” she said. “Not all mothers, but lots of mothers do.”

In 1988, the show featured a similar scene with Sonia Marzano aka Maria.

These scenes are short and simple, which speaks to the reality that ― despite what countless incidents of shame and harassment suggest ― breastfeeding is a completely normal and natural act.

Perhaps more children’s programs will take note and consider implementing these kinds of brief but educational moments in shows today. 

Mothers have the right to feed their babies in the ways they deem best for their families ― whenever and wherever. And this is a lesson you can learn at any age.

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