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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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  • SimplyDavia By SimplyDavia
    06.16.12  

    Of course they went to far and the media is to blame for it...it's making a boogeyman of the attacment parenting movement! With anything there are always going to be some strange folks who stray wayyyy out of line..for example if your child is potty trained and can speak..you might consider pumping etc..I feel as a mental health professional some of the stories I have read are bordering very close to some serious mental and social detachment as far a reality and I hope for the sake of the mother who still breast feeds her 5 year old that she can unlatch!

  • nancyshirah By nancyshirah
    05.30.12  

    Disgusting...but I bet it sold millions!

  • sherryc2001us By sherryc2001us
    05.14.12  

    Am I Mom Enough? I sure am- to tell you that it is not healthy for your child at that age to have that type of an attachment to you. ANY study, as well as, your child can tell you; they are trying to form their independence. What about their teeth? If your child is old enough to dress themselves and go to potty, YOU need to deal with YOUR issue.

  • A1nettie By A1nettie
    05.14.12  

    I think they did go too far for the cover. Every can do as they please, but they should be considerate of others as well. It is one thing if it is an infant, but as they get older it becomes a bit weird. As long as they cover up it's fine with me.

  • Danimorales37 By Danimorales37
    05.14.12  

    Honestly so wrong that I'm a little offended. I do not want my 6 year old seeing this image. Its gross and not okay. Its giving the wrong idea. Can you say mommy attachment issues. And I mean the mother obviously has attachment issue!

  • marya61 By marya61
    05.14.12  

    I think breast feeding is great for those who can and want to do it, but this picture went too far. We do not need to see this.

  • chrissherman By chrissherman
    05.14.12  

    They went too far. If someone chooses to do this, so be it, but it's a private matter. I personally think it's disgusting. This didn't belong on a magazine cover.

  • noliah By noliah
    05.14.12  

    **apology for the grammar error**

  • noliah By noliah
    05.14.12  

    Millions of women around the world are giving precious life to their children by breastfeeding when no other food is available. They are giving everything they have to give to their child. These are the real Super Moms, in my opinion. The woman on the TIME cover is giving herself too much credit, but some people tend to do that for various reasons, but TIME should have given this a little more thought. This photo could haunt this child forever.

  • rockthebard By rockthebard
    05.13.12  

    The cover may look horrifying but I feel that is because of how we portray women in the United States. Breasts or "boobs" are looked at to be more of a sexual thing than a body part that gives nourishment to our young. In the area I grew up in, it is very unacceptable to breastfeed especially in public. You have to be covered or you are asked to go home and do it. I think this is wrong. So many people really don't understand what it is all about and how much a mother has to take care of herself in order to provide the appropriate nutrition for her child. If there is a deficiency, quite often the child is switched right away to formula instead of working on the mother's diet. There is such a deep connected between mother and baby's health that continues after birth into feeding. For us now, this isn't the norm so there is a bit of a shock factor.

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