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Are you mom enough to handle TIME's breastfeeding cover?

05/10/2012 12:57 PM

05/10/2012 3:21 PM



The latest issue of TIME magazine is already raising eyebrows and it doesn't even hit the newsstands until Friday.

The cover features mom Jamie Lynne Grumet and her 3-year-old son who is standing on a chair and breastfeeding. The headline reads, "Are You Mom Enough?"

The story is about the rise of attachment parenting, an approach in which parents breastfeed and co-sleep with their children. Grumet subscribes to this philosophy.

About a year ago, I posted a photo with a blog on breastfeeding that some editors objected to. It was a stock image and you could not see a breast or even the baby's face. Honestly, I was miffed that some felt this seemingly harmless photo should not be shown on a mainstream website.

At the time, I had read about a New York mom who was kicked out of a restaurant for breastfeeding. And was appalled.

Every day, we see visions of violence -- on TV, on video games, in moves and every single news source shows images of war and conflict. But showing a breast is somehow immoral and obscene?

The TIME cover photo was definitely meant to attract attention and already has. While I think breastfeeding is a positive, natural act that should not be dissuaded, I wonder if this will hurt the cause because many will be turned off by the image.

I had some difficulty, at first, nursing my infant but eventually was able to nurse my son until he was 6 months old. Admittedly, I  do co-sleep with my son, who is nearly 2, occasionally on weekends, and I do feel that the bond between us has grown stronger, which I've worried about since I returned to work from maternity leave.

However, I'm not sure if I physically could handle breastfeeding a 3-year-old. I feel that if the child is able to walk, talk and express when they are hungry, they should move away from the breast.

I also take issue with the headline: "Are You Mom Enough?" As if moms don't have enough to worry about. Parenting isn't a competition. No one should have to prove their parenting skills because in the end, it's a day-to-day learning experience.

Let me know what you think about the cover or attachment parenting. Comment below:

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