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

Living 2012/05/10 22:00:00
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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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  • DebraJMSmith 2012/05/11 20:15:05
    Yes
    DebraJMSmith
    +4
    That child is closer to 4. --And the mother should be in jail.
  • Wally-M... DebraJM... 2012/05/11 20:28:35
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    +1
    That's ridiculous. I bet you like Obama's big brother program.
  • ehrhornp Wally-M... 2012/05/11 21:02:41
    ehrhornp
    +2
    sweet Debra has blocked me but it is curious that she wants to throw someone in jail and break up a family. I bet she considers herself a "Christian". lol
  • mjays ehrhornp 2012/05/12 00:05:08
    mjays
    +2
    Sweet Debra is "holier than thou". Apparently she saw fit to tell me (when she doesn't even know me) that I was not breastfeeding my child long-term for him, but I was doing it for myself because I wasn't able to let him go. Not only is she a "Christian", but now she is also a Dr. of Psychology.
  • ehrhornp mjays 2012/05/12 01:02:47
    ehrhornp
    +2
    Amazing how some just know what is right for you.
  • Wally-M... ehrhornp 2012/05/12 04:52:30
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    Probably. You know how much they like telling everyone else how to live.
  • ehrhornp Wally-M... 2012/05/12 04:55:52
    ehrhornp
    +2
    Must flow from their inability to run their lives so they feel that everyone needs "guidance". Pathetic.
  • DebraJM... Wally-M... 2012/05/11 22:44:12
    DebraJMSmith
    +3
    Could you tell me what on earth this has to do with Obama?
  • Wally-M... DebraJM... 2012/05/12 04:54:55
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    You think you know how everyone should behave and live. Obummer is trying to force everyone to live as a slave to big brother.
  • DebraJM... Wally-M... 2012/05/12 05:34:09 (edited)
    DebraJMSmith
    +1
    Defending that which is morally wrong is what the liberals do. True conservatives speak out against that which is immoral. And it is very immoral to allow a four year old child to suck on his mommy's booby.
  • Wally-M... DebraJM... 2012/05/12 05:56:17
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    Is there a law on the books that says it is immoral? You think it is immoral. The mother obviously doesn't.

    By the way, you are also assuming I am a Liberal. Wrong again.
  • DebraJM... Wally-M... 2012/05/12 07:31:45
    DebraJMSmith
    +1
    lol... YOU assumed that I was a liberal.

    And you do realize that pedophiles do not believe that what they do is immoral. --There really is such thing as right and wrong.
  • Wally-M... DebraJM... 2012/05/12 10:14:00
    Wally-Molon Labe!
    +1
    I'll ask you the same question I asked an other know it all. Are you complaining about the abuse and sexual groping being done by the pervert TSA agents. If not, your time would be better spent.
  • DebraJM... Wally-M... 2012/05/13 06:59:06
    DebraJMSmith
    What does the TSA have to do with this topic? Stop trying to divert.
  • mjays Wally-M... 2012/05/15 20:58:20
    mjays
    +1
    One conservative bashing 2 other conservatives. This 1 conservative gives a bad name to all the others. Nothing like invalidating a point by exaggerating ("And the mother should be in jail."), judging, and playing semantics ("Defending that which is morally wrong is what the liberals do. True conservatives speak out against that which is immoral. And it is very immoral to allow a four year old child to suck on his mommy's booby.") She actually argues very much like a liberal, doesn't she?? She is the type of lady who will end up with a grown daughter or daughter-in-law that ends up doing this very thing. How judgmental will she be then?
  • PEGGY C DebraJM... 2012/05/12 06:28:31
    PEGGY C
    +1
    Who knows, maybe she will end up in jail.
  • DebraJM... PEGGY C 2012/05/12 07:31:52
    DebraJMSmith
    True...
  • mjays DebraJM... 2012/05/15 21:00:18
    mjays
    Laughable and ridiculous
  • mjays PEGGY C 2012/05/15 21:00:26
    mjays
    Laughable and ridiculous.
  • Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch... 2012/05/11 19:51:11
    Yes
    Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch of PHAET!~Badass Incarnate~
    +3
    Not because it's breast feeding, but because of the age. I don't think a child should be breast fed at that age. That's just my personal opinion.

    However, breastfeeding is natural.
  • Naked Feria~T... 2012/05/11 20:28:48
    Naked
    World health organization: Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
  • Feria~T... Naked 2012/05/11 21:34:24
    Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch of PHAET!~Badass Incarnate~
    +2
    Yes, those are the facts.

    However, my opinion is that 4 is too old.
  • Naked Feria~T... 2012/05/11 21:35:29
    Naked
    good thing he's 3 =)
  • Feria~T... Naked 2012/05/11 21:37:11
    Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch of PHAET!~Badass Incarnate~
    +1
    I still find that too old. If you have a problem with that, fine.
  • mjays Feria~T... 2012/05/12 00:02:36
    mjays
    +1
    I would have said the same thing...until it happened to me. I didn't see my child's age, I saw his emotional need. He stopped at age 4. He is now 9 years old, healthy, confident, and independent. No harm done.
  • Feria~T... mjays 2012/05/12 01:54:33
    Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch of PHAET!~Badass Incarnate~
    +1
    I never said there was any harm I simply stated that I don't think that's what I would do.
  • mjays Feria~T... 2012/05/12 02:20:49
    mjays
    No, you said you thought it was too old, and I just wanted to point out that if it's not harmful to the child, what is the difference how old they are? In any case, if that is not what you would personally do, that's different, and I don't have a problem with that either.
  • Ren93 2012/05/11 19:24:11
    No
    Ren93
    In my opinion he's old to breastfeed but it's not like if you were going to get a trauma after watching this...
  • rand 2012/05/11 19:13:01
    No
    rand
    I have no problem with it, though breastfeeding beyond the age of 2 probably serves little purpose in terms of creating a bond. But if it's the only form of birth control, go for it, being aware of the dangers of overindulging the child.
  • becky.kuntz1 2012/05/11 18:45:05
    Yes
    becky.kuntz1
    +2
    this is a private thing it should not be flaunted!
  • Naked becky.k... 2012/05/12 01:42:45
    Naked
    does this offend you? cow feeding calf
  • LMaree Naked 2012/05/12 07:49:52
    LMaree
    no but this does. child drinking cows milk
  • Naked LMaree 2012/05/12 15:28:31
    Naked
    +1
    that offends me too =(
  • LMaree Naked 2012/05/12 20:58:15
    LMaree
    +1
    And yet we have this massive debate about children being to old for human milk and we should be giving them cows milk. Silly isn't it?
  • Naked LMaree 2012/05/12 23:49:12
    Naked
    lol exactly!
  • Monstrosity 2012/05/11 18:01:13
    Yes
    Monstrosity
    +3
    4 years old is too old to breastfeed. More importantly this poor child will be teased mercilessly in school for this. Terrible parent.
  • mjays Monstro... 2012/05/11 18:19:22
    mjays
    +2
    That's pretty judgemental. I never thought I would, but I also did breastfeed until my child was almost 4. I am not a terrible parent, in fact, I am an attentive, wonderful parent who has strict guidelines in place for my child despite the amount of flexibility I used in his early years.

    The poor child will be teased? By whom, and how would they know? At that age, the nursing is not for sustenance, it's for comfort and by force of habit. It's not as if they need mom to come to school and give them lunch.

    In hindsight, 4 years old does seem a bit too old. But when you are doing it, it does not. Perception varies greatly within the family, and outside the family. I'm sure you are less judgemental of many other things. Try this one on for size. It's actually turned out to be very good for my child.
  • DebraJM... mjays 2012/05/11 20:18:42
    DebraJMSmith
    +1
    Mothers who do that are not thinking of the child. They are thinking of themselves. YOU could not let go of your child!
  • mjays DebraJM... 2012/05/11 23:48:40
    mjays
    YOU do not know me from Adam, and anyone who does know me would laugh their ass off at your statement. My child was extremely clingy. Some kids are like that. Any mother of more than 1 child can tell you that some are, and some aren't. Some are born that way, not made that way. It's true that I could not bear to see his anguish when I tried to stop him, then I asked myself what was I trying to stop him for? I couldn't answer that. And at age 9, all I see is a healthy, *independent*, confident, well-adjusted child who is like a little buddy to his mom. So I got my answer, I was trying to stop him for...no good reason, other than to please *perfect*, condescending people like yourself.
  • DebraJM... mjays 2012/05/12 00:37:57
    DebraJMSmith
    +1
    As I said, YOU could not let go of your child. YOU are the mother. YOU feared that your child would be upset with you. YOU should have more control than giving into something that is simply not right. NO four year old boy should be sucking on his mommy's booby.

    Disgusting!

    I feel VERY sorry for your future daughter-in-law!

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