A new Time magazine breastfeeding cover featuring a photo of a shapely, young blond mom breast-feeding her almost 4-year-old son for a story about attachment parenting is provoking strong reactions both pro and con. Some people think it is freakish to breastfeed a kid almost 4-years-old. Some believe attachment parenting, as practiced by cover mom Jamie Lynn Grumet, is nurturing and normal. Others don’t really care about the ethics of breastfeeding or attachment parenting and just think the Time magazine breast-feeding cover is lewd and not for public consumption.
If you put an attractive blond woman on a magazine cover with her naked breast out with a full-grown man sucking on it, it would obviously be considered p*rnographic. So what is it when the man is replaced by a child almost half the size of his mom? Apparently, according to mom Jamie Lynn Grumet’s supporters, it is nurturing, natural and something to be proud of.
Maybe the question shouldn’t be ‘Are You Mom Enough?’ to breast-feed your 4-year-old, but rather, are you woman enough to do it with your face plastered on a Time magazine breastfeeding cover for posterity and become the victim of a heated national debate?
As a liberal type woman, I personally think women should legally be allowed to go topless anywhere and anytime they want, just like guys. However, I think I would have to draw a line at having my boobs photographed while a half-grown man-child sucks on them for a Time breast-feeding cover story.
Something about the Time magazine breastfeeding cover just feels weird and overly in your face to me. Then again, who am I to judge? I’m not a mom and I think that disqualifies me from making any judgements on this matter, so I can’t really say where the line is on this one.
The Time magazine breast-feeding cover mom in question, Jamie Lynne Grumet, apparently thinks there is nothing wrong with either the practice of ‘extreme’ breast-feeding or posing with her breast in her son’s mouth on a national magazine cover.
“People have to realize this is biologically normal,” Jamie Lynn Grummet said in an interview for the Time breastfeeding cover. “It’s not socially 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.”
Honestly I don’t know whether it is extreme to breast-feed your 4-year-old or not, although personally I think if you can hold a spoon and feed yourself, my job as a walking refrigerator would be over and done with.
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