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Time Magazine Cover Shows Mom Breastfeeding 4-Year-Old Son: Did They Go Too Far?

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If you're interested in these sorts of things, you've probably heard of "attachment parenting," in which mothers breastfeed for longer than the recommended six months to one year, partake in "co-sleeping" with their children and wear the kids in BabyBjorns. Well, Time magazine chose to take a look at the philosophy for their May 21 cover story, which they illustrate by featuring a mother breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son on the cover.



While some are calling the image overly sensational, it does illustrate the parenting method espoused by Dr. Bill Sears. Time takes a look at how Sears came to his philosophy, and interviews moms who believe in his theories, like "cover mom" Jamie Lynne Grumet. Of course, the mom they chose for the cover is 26, blonde, slim and attractive (we're just sayin'...). Do you think the cover goes too far?
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  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/05/10 22:07:26 (edited)
    Yes
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +23
    Breast feeding a 4 year old? If your kid is big enough to stand and ask you for food, he's big enough to use a fork.

    Also, where are the fathers in all of this? I can't imagine there are very many men on board with this, and if they are, they're lying.

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  • Naked TheNigh... 2012/05/12 15:26:08
    Naked
    actually you are VERY incorrect. There is proof that he existed to the Romans. There is documentation of his death/ execution.
  • TheNigh... Naked 2012/05/12 16:40:34 (edited)
    TheNightFly
    Ya and I've got proof of UFOs. What's your source?

    http://news.nationalgeographi...
  • Naked TheNigh... 2012/05/12 18:15:32
    Naked
    My source is the education I received at Columbia University. Have fun with your UFO's.
  • freakshow TheNigh... 2012/05/12 16:11:12
    freakshow
    and who are you ? do you know all about it? did you create mankind?.
  • TheNigh... freakshow 2012/05/12 16:38:01
    TheNightFly
    I know enough about biology to dismiss creationism.
  • Brandon... Naked 2012/05/12 07:04:31
    Brandon Marlow
    +1
    You forgot to take off your hat so we could see it.
  • ☆ Queen... evangel... 2012/05/12 02:35:08
    ☆ QueenAline
    +1
    forget it....you're dealing with a 5 year old here ( imsmarter).
    samarter than a 5th grader? i don't think so
  • john n Naked 2012/05/12 09:40:22
    john n
    +2
    By Mary Magdalene...



    Other Mary
  • freakshow Naked 2012/05/12 16:08:39
    freakshow
    till he was 4?
  • Naked freakshow 2012/05/12 16:26:50
    Naked
    Most likely. Given the time and geographical location. It was VERY common to nurse for several years.
  • TheNigh... Naked 2012/05/12 08:59:21 (edited)
    TheNightFly
    It's an airbrushed photo of a woman with implants.
    Sorry, but it doesn't even compare.
  • Naked TheNigh... 2012/05/12 15:27:30
    Naked
    but it doesn't get nearly as much attention as the cover and its pretty much social norm to see this on news stands.
  • 2585661 Naked 2012/05/13 10:00:44
    2585661
    +1
    There is nothing wrong or evil about the female body. You people are so stupid and brain washed.
  • Freeranger 2012/05/11 23:36:27
    Yes
    Freeranger
    +2
    Absolutely. I was scheduled to headline this issue, but they brought in this pubescent sucker.
  • Howler 2012/05/11 23:05:52
    Yes
    Howler
    +2
    Not necessary as an illustration solely for the breastfeeding issue, and TIME mag KNOWS it.
  • TheNightFly 2012/05/11 22:18:39 (edited)
    No
    TheNightFly
    +2
    That is quite possibly the best cover photo I've ever seen. It's simple, and sexy, and cute, and normal. It's a shame that some people are so morally misguided that they cannot see it as I do but, the instant anyone tries to expand censorship policies to include women breastfeed, I'll be there to oppose it.
  • DoxieDad 2012/05/11 22:10:09
    Yes
    DoxieDad
    +4
    Not for the story, it is a legitimate subject. But what the heck were the folks at Time thinking with the cover picture? Does Time need shock and awe to sell magazines now?
  • ☆ Queen... DoxieDad 2012/05/12 02:37:04
    ☆ QueenAline
    +2
    it's the only way they can get people to pick up their magazine and look....speaks volumes doesn't it? about what slime some people have become in this country
  • DoxieDad ☆ Queen... 2012/05/12 02:38:36
    DoxieDad
    +2
    Do you see the covers of some of the supermarket rags at the check out? I totally agree with you.
  • Philo-Publius 2012/05/11 21:15:02
    Yes
    Philo-Publius
    +7
    Time magazine went too far in referring to Sachin Tendulkar as a god...

    'Legend' or 'champion' would have been less sacrilegious.
    sachin
  • Live Fr... Philo-P... 2012/05/11 21:26:01
  • Latti I... Philo-P... 2012/05/12 01:57:38
  • RavenWing 2012/05/11 21:04:52 (edited)
    Yes
    RavenWing
    +4
    Only because the kid on the cover is way to old to be breast feed. Other than that I don't care about public breast feeding its just breast men have them to and refuse to wear tops, not every women want to see a guys chest in every situation. >.>
  • MR. 2012/05/11 20:30:39
    Yes
    MR.
    +3
    THE PROGRESSIVES ARE DESTROYING "THE FABRIC OF DECENCY" IN AMERICA,...(BUT NOT FOREVER!)
  • mjays MR. 2012/05/12 00:06:33
    mjays
    +1
    Careful there, with the stereotyping. I am as conservative as they come and nursed my child until he was almost 4. However, I would not have put it on a magazine cover!
  • MR. mjays 2012/05/12 00:17:24 (edited)
    MR.
    +1
    Any adult nudity in public is "indecent exposure". I'm not against 'Nursing Mothers',...I'm against 'Naked Mothers'. (Children are being exposed to this behavior in public) -TIME magazine's been a progressive-rag for decades!-
  • mjays MR. 2012/05/12 02:29:38
    mjays
    +2
    I agree that progressives are destroying America, and that Time is a progressive rag. It just sounded like you were stereotyping mothers who nursed for extended periods. You were not specific, and I made assumptions.

    Nursing mothers can certainly do it in public without displaying ALL. I would guess this mother would probably not have a problem with displaying her wares in other types of magazines either.
  • MR. mjays 2012/05/12 02:47:32 (edited)
    MR.
    +1
    Your right! I didn't mean to sound so formal, it's just all my family are either police, military or lawyers. I just got over doing 17 days of jury duty, whew, it felt like a 6 months! (They paid her handsomely for that spread, and I'm sure it's not the 1st time!) Nothings more beautiful than a mother nursing her child, but in private,...
  • PEGGY C mjays 2012/05/12 06:21:17
    PEGGY C
    and your kid was walking, obviously, and i 'm sure eating solid Food. i'm sure he came up to you, pulled out a nipple, started to feded? Way too old, he should have been directed to the refrigerator. i remember once talking to a Pediatrician, who said that, despite common belief, kids don't need milk after 2 years old
  • mjays PEGGY C 2012/05/15 20:31:10
    mjays
    Boy, you are rude.
  • Wally-Molon Labe! 2012/05/11 20:26:03
    Yes
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    +5
    Time probably went too far because Americans think the rearing of children should be left to day care centers, TV and video games, or baby sitters. Also I think that the breast feeding of children has become "old school" and poisonous formulas the norm.

    Breast feeding is best for the child. The length of duration is the mothers business.

    I say the more time parents and children spend together and bonding, the better.
  • Naked Wally-M... 2012/05/11 20:27:17
    Naked
    +1
    Thank you!
  • PEGGY C Wally-M... 2012/05/12 06:25:10
    PEGGY C
    it should not be her business, the duration. Do you see anything wrong with a mother breast feeding until a kid is 10 years old? why not? When they are old enough to walk, and walk up to their mother, pull out a nipple---too okld. this kid 3-4? 5/? Should be directed to the refrigerator. To Breast feed a kid that old--child abuse.
  • Wally-M... PEGGY C 2012/05/12 10:10:48
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    +3
    Child abuse? I'm sure you will be one of Janet Napolitano's "squeal on your neighbor" team because you know better then they. Are you complaining about the abuse to Americans, adults and children, at the hands of the pervert TSA? That's abuse, breast feeding is not..
  • mjays Wally-M... 2012/05/15 20:33:43 (edited)
    mjays
    +1
    Thank you Wally. Peggy C is abrasive and rude, and abusing the term 'abuse'. Otherwise, I'm sure she is perfect, though.
  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/05/11 20:21:01
    Yes
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    +3
    ALL I say is I'M EMBARRASSED! But it's ALL UP THE MOMS to DECIDE WHEN TO

    WEAN their BABIES, IT'S NO ONE ELSE's BUSINESS!
  • LADY LI... LADY LI... 2012/05/11 20:57:36 (edited)
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    OH, COME ON, JAIL THE MOM? NO! I don't CONDONE THIS MOM's ACT, But....

    When my son went to Iraq, I was fainted. I didn't sleep & sick for 4 years. Last year, I

    lost 4 family Members in 3 months and I went crazy; my pets died, I grieved for them.

    I got an earful of REPROACH from lots of PEOPLE; they SCOLDED me for my

    misery, saying they don't want to be around me, so I disappeared. But I WAS quietly

    in my grief.

    DON'T WE HAVE PERSONAL FREEDOM TO DO PERSONAL NEED ANYMORE?
  • PEGGY C LADY LI... 2012/05/12 06:27:21
    PEGGY C
    +2
    what if she decides to breast feed until he's 5-6-or 8-9, they then should not have a choice. today, people lose their kids when they don't know how to treat them. Where do you draw the line? this is Abuse
  • ehrhornp 2012/05/11 20:16:41
    No
    ehrhornp
    +3
    A little strange to still be breastfeeding a kid at almost 4 but no big deal.
  • LADY LI... ehrhornp 2012/05/11 20:58:43
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    I AGREE!

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