Time Magazine’s breastfeeding cover boob

2012-05-11 14:31

Just how shocking is it to see a 3-year-old breast-feeding?

Well, Time Magazine has found out that there’s plenty of controversy to be had – a recent cover showing mom Jamie Lynn Grumet breast-feeding her toddler has provoked polarised debate ranging from outrage to charges of exploitative behaviour, according to The Guardian.

Attachment parenting image fail?

The image of Grumet is designed to illustrate the extremes of attachment parenting, which encourages moms to co-sleep and breast-feed their babies well into toddlerhood, and spend as much time with them as possible.

Attachment parenting is promoted by Bill Sears, ­co-author of the Baby Book, and it is Sear’s theories which the Time article is designed to investigate.

The problem is, however, that the image is so startling, that advocates for both sides of the breast-feeding debate are calling it a “cheap shot” which undermines the actual issues.

Twitter frenzy
The headline accompanying the picture reads “Are you mom enough?” which also seems to be getting people’s backs up on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The breast-feeding debate is one which is getting more and more extreme.

In some places it is not just frowned upon, but could get you thrown out of a restaurant or coffee shop.

This has provoked breast-feeding advocates into deliberately breast-feeding publicly.

Even if you do support breast-feeding (and public breast-feeding, too), the image in the cover of the magazine seems to generate an uneasy response.

Perhaps it is because the toddler in the picture is standing on a chair, and because of this, seems taller and older.

We’re not quite sure what to think of the image- whether it is a “cheap shot” which weakens the argument pro-breast-feeding, or merely a publicity stunt.

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