Provocative TIME Magazine Cover Shows Mother Breastfeeding 3-Year-Old Son
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Here’s one magazine cover sure to get your attention.
This weeks’s cover of TIME displays a full body shot of a woman breastfeeding. However, the woman is not breastfeeding a baby, but rather a 3-year-old boy.
Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, can be seen on the cover with her son Aram standing on a chair, sucking on her semi-exposed breast.
The headline asks the question, Are You Mom Enough?,” while the sub headline reads, “Why attachment parenting drives some mothers to extremes — and how Dr. Bill Sears became their guru.”
The cover is actually about an article focusing on Sears, a California pediatrician known as “Dr. Bill.” Sears is a frequent TV guest and author who advocates “Attachment parenting.”
According to his website, attachment parenting is “a style of caring for your infant that brings out the best in the baby and the best in the parents. Bonding is a series of steps in your lifelong growing together with your child.”
Grumet, a stay-at-home mother of two, told TIME she was breastfed until the age of 6, and remembers being breast-fed and the positive feelings associated with it.
She blogs about parenting and frequently posts photos of herself breastfeeding online.
Since its posting online Thursday morning, the Internet has been abuzz all day with people offering their thoughts on the photo. Not all have been negative.
Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted:
@Time, no! You missed the mark! You’re supposed to be making it easier for breastfeeding moms. Your cover is exploitive & extreme.
Leslie commented below: If it works, why bash it? I’ve nursed my babies and toddlers until they decide not to nurse anymore. It’s not easy, but I feel that this is such a finite time in their lives to develop their health and self-confidence, and bonding this way is a comfort to them and me.
The provocative cover hits newsstands tomorrow.
What do you think of the cover? Is it offensive, or a depiction of modern parenting? Sound off below.