Yesterday my son watched Arthur on PBS. Arthur's younger sister, Kate, was born. I watched it to see how the baby feeding issue would be addressed. Sadly, every scene where Kate was fed, it was in a bottle! I want to write a letter to address the issue that they are educating the parents of tomorrow that feeding in an inferior way is the norm (the rough draft I have outlined is in a very "Watch Your Language" tone). So far I have a list of people and corporations to write to, but wanted to know if anyone else should be added.
Here's the list so far:
WGBH Educational Foundation - producer
Marc Brown - Author
Cookie Jar Entertainment - producer
Corporation fo Public Broadcasting
Chuck E. Cheese's - corporate sponsor
Georgia Public Broadcasting - local station
US Department of Education
Anyone else I should CC on this letter? Once I get the rough draft a little less rough, I may post it here for feedback.
I have an address for everyone listed, except the US Department of Education. Anyone know of one?
I'm not sure if it helps or not, but that episode first aired in 1996, so in the 14 years since the episode aired, PBS might have gotten more nursing friendly (although since I don't watch PBS I guess I don't know)... Maybe someone who watches more PBS can chime in. They can't change baby Kate's bottle feeding though since the show stopped producing new episodes 2 years ago...but hopefully your letters reach someone in charge of new shows on PBS.
I realize that I can't change that particular episode, but I feel like it needs to be addressed for future shows that are made by PBS. I remember breastfeeding being on Sesame Street when I was younger (was it Maria's baby?) and it was also addressed on Mr. Rogers. It seems that something has changed in the programming since those shows I saw growing up. Most of the people I'm sending the letter to are not just associated with the Arthur show, but PBS on a larger scale.
just so you are aware, I saw that show when my son was little. He is 16.
I don't think it is a battle you can win.
I was hoping to change future programming, so that they are aware it really does matter.
On a side note, I was watching an episode of Pingu (also a PBS show) and the mama penguin had a baby penguin and I was bummed that the mom bottle fed the baby until I remembered that penguins don't nurse babies in the wild.
true, very true. They also don't knit and make snowmen either :-)