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Time's Cover Photo: Did They Go Too Far?

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Time's Cover Photo: Did They Go Too Far?
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We’re betting you’ve heard about Time magazine’s latest attachment parenting cover story everyone is all agasp about. The issue, which hits shelves today, has garnered the most attention from the cover photo of a young attractive woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son who is standing on a chair to reach her breast.

In a society where the idea of a woman publicly breastfeeding an infant can make some people uncomfortable, it’s no surprise that the Time’s piece is causing such a stir. The topic alone regarding attachment parenting sets many people off debating how we should rear our children. But the even hotter button issue of breastfeeding children well into their toddlerhood (and sometimes childhood) is even more controversial than the base tenets of attachment parenting.

Reactions to the breastfeeding photo, with the caption “Are You Mom Enough?”, have been mixed with some feeling completely outraged and offended while others applaud the mom and feel she is sending a positive message about breastfeeding.

The mother herself, Jamie Lynne Grumet, is a 26-year-old living in Los Angeles who was breastfed until the age of 6. She admits that people often threaten to call social services or accuse her of molesting her 3-year-old son by breastfeeding him for so long. She explains why she chose to do the cover photo saying, “People have to realize this is biologically normal.  The more people see it, the more it'll become normal in our culture. That's what I'm hoping. I want people to see it.”

The article also discusses how Bill Sears became the attachment parenting guru, encouraging parents to take part in bonding activities like co-sleeping, breastfeeding past the age of 1 and wearing infants in a sling rather than pushing them around in a stroller.

What do you think of the Time’s cover story and photo depicting a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son?

How do you feel about attachment parenting?

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  • stomper1784 By stomper1784

    i love attachment parenting. both of my boys were nursed. My oldest weaned himself at 2 years and my youngest did not wean until he was almost 2 and 1/2. I do not believe in letting babies cry it out, both of my boys slept in the bed with me until they stopped nursing. I wore my children in a sling for a long time too. I love the cover! i think it is wonderful!!! I think more mommies need to be aware what breasts are actually for! i do not find it upsetting at all. i think it is great!

  • cgator96 By cgator96

    I believe they went too far with this photo cover. It is up to the parent as to when they stop breastfeeding but the photo is just inappropriate for a magazine cover.

  • Kay3131 By Kay3131

    I think the headline is outrageous. Breastfeeding is hardly the sole, or most important, standard for being a great Mom. Each Mother decides what is best for her child and her family and this is not an issue where one decision is better than another. In a week wherein the President of the United States has finally acknowledged his support and respect for differing family structure choices, it is really too bad that TIME chose to do this (which is, really, an inference about being good enough to be a good mom) in order to sell covers. Happy Mother's Day to each and every Mom out there! And in the words of Kevin Costner, "Don't you worry you'll be good enough. You are good enough."

  • yeldogdem By yeldogdem

    I think this is way too much. I think a woman should cover herself with a blanket and be discreet when breastfeeding, also this child is way too old to be breastfeeding. I feel if the child is over 1 year old it is sick to be breastfeeding. I breastfed both of my children, and I was discreet about it, and I certainly wasn't breastfeeding a 4 yr old.

  • gunner12345 By gunner12345

    OMG!! I think a 4 year old is waaayyy to old to be breast fed! It is a great experience when they are age 1 and under to be breast fed but after that come on thats why they start teething so they can eat without having to be breast fed. Every time I look at that picture all I can think of is a pervert lol I'm sorry to say but I do! I think this cover is discusting and I would be pissed off if my 3&5 year old saw this and and started asking me questions that a child at thier ages should not even be thinking about asking! Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing at the right time and age, people should have respect for the other children that dont understand what breastfeeding is and keep it discreet when out in public if they can!

  • victoria8310 By victoria8310

    4yrs old Is too old to be breastfed. This cover photo is inappropriate. I am all for breastfeeding but this is ridiculous.

  • princesskip By princesskip

    Yes, they went too far with the photo. I think the story needed to be addressed, but they could've had a more tasteful cover. I think that breastfeeding is wonderful for the first year of a baby's life (for the mother's who are able to do it), but it's time to wean them off after their first birthday.

  • MeowCa9 By MeowCa9

    I find the photo to be disgusting and in no way does it benefit a child this old to be breast feeding.That child is old enough to drink for himself.They went way too far.

  • Quinzm0mmy2oo8 By Quinzm0mmy2oo8

    i just don't like the heading i couldn't breast feed my son because at 2 months old he wanted an 8 oz bottle every 2 hours and i just couldn't pump that much....does that not make me mommy enough? i personally think if you want to breastfeed your child (let alone for that long) it is up to you i don't think it's wrong...would i be shocked to see a 4 year old being breastfed...maybe at first but it's their child i do agree with "yeldogdem" i think people who are going to breastfeed should be a little discrete i don't really wanna see someone else's boob white i'm eating that's why i don't go to hooters :P no all joking aside people can do what they want with their kids there's nothing wrong with breastfeeding them until whatever age you feel is appropriate just realize the child might get embarrassed or made fun of (they're children don't so it wont happen)

  • inspiringgaia By inspiringgaia

    I don't knock anyone who chooses this parenting lifestyle. Its just not for me, but Time blew it out of portion and may it look a little too extreme. I'm upset with how they portray attachment parenting and I feel as though it was inappropriate for them to make it seem like its the 'wrong' type of parenting since everyone is different and have their own beliefs.

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