Time Breastfeeding Cover: Mag Image Makes Some Cringe

    May 10, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Recently, the topic of breastfeeding has garnered a lot of attention, as well as debate. It’s something some mothers feel very passionate about, while others are uncomfortable with it or simply don’t feel it’s the right choice for them. Every mom is entitled to do what she feels is best for her child, but many people are put off by the act of breastfeeding, especially in public.

That’s why this recent Time Magazine cover, released this week online, has attracted a lot of attention.


While some cite the baring of a woman’s breast as the reason for their discomfort–no matter the reason–others are uncomfortable with the age of the child on the cover. The models are real-life mother Jamie Lynne Grumet and her 3-year old son, who are featured in a story about “attachment parenting”, a concept which includes sleeping with your children as well as breastfeeding for continued bonding.

Samantha Stikeleather, a young mom who practices attachment parenting, told WebProNews she felt the article makes AP mothers seem like they’re going overboard with a perfectly natural act. She breastfed both of her children and plans to do it with her third child, which she is expecting soon. The benefits of breastfeeding and co-sleeping are numerous, she says.

“Mainly I think it keeps the child healthy… helps them feel safe, secure and taken care of…it’s a proven fact that being close, skin to skin (kangaroo care) nursing and extended nursing is not only good for a child’s physical health but also their mental and emotional health as well.”

Samantha says she breastfed her second child longer than the first–until the age of 19 months–because she wasn’t as educated about it with her first pregnancy.

“I would have done it longer if I had more support and education,” she says.

The American attitude towards both nudity and breastfeeding is very, very different from the attitudes taken by other countries. Recently, a Korean mockup ad for Oreo cookies went viral on the web and caused a huge stir on social media sites because of the image of a baby at his mother’s breast, holding an Oreo above a tagline which read, “Milk’s Favorite Cookie”.

Of course, not many people have commented yet on the actual article topic, a controversial style of parenting that some people don’t agree with. Time will tell if the coming days see people start to address that part of the article. For now, Twitter conversation is mostly about the cover.

Time breastfeeding cover http://t.co/7cIl3Nfw IF U DO ALL THE STUFF IN THIS ARTICLE MOMS..U WILL BE ALONE W/ CHILD JUST LIKE THE PIC.(image) 35 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

.@Time, no! You missed the mark! You’re supposed to be making it easier for breastfeeding moms. Your cover is exploitive & extreme.(image) 1 hour ago via Twittelator ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

In 30 years, the breastfeeding pre-school kid from the Time magazine cover will be Chaz from Wedding Crashers.(image) 23 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

To those fretting about Time Magazine cover of breastfeeding: Genghis Khan and Da Vinci were breastfed, and look how they turned out.(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

People getting offended by that Time magazine cover, or public display of breastfeeding in general, don’t have internet at home.(image) 43 seconds ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Beyond repulsed by the latest Time Magazine cover!!! http://t.co/IzSSrPEB(image) 2 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@FormulaFeeder http://t.co/XEiYzPuS Can’t wait to pick this up and read it! As a fellow woman I celebrate her, my silly formula feeding self(image) 2 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I’m sorry, but this is disgusting.”Time breastfeeding cover sparks controversy” http://t.co/pHa3Xfc8 via @YahooNews(image) 1 minute ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What are your thoughts on breastfeeding? Let us know in the comments section.

  • Rlindsay

    Really this is a 36month old toddler? I am not sure why the idea of modesty is abhored, I guess one persons modesty is anothers chastity.

  • KryptoniteBalls

    I don’t understand why everyone makes such a big deal out of breastfeeding. Is it really so hard to avert your eyes from something you don’t want to see? Has it gotten to the point that “minding your own damn business” just isn’t a policy people want to adhere to anymore? Where we all have to be offended by everything all the time?

    I was shocked by the cover, only because I’d never seen or heard of breast feeding taking place in a child so old unless it was in a back-water, redneck slasher movie where ol’ boy grows up to want to wear people’s faces because he was too attached to mama. But hey, if it’s beneficial to kids in actual life, then why not?

  • Tomi Suggs

    I have three children, all “formula” babies. I realize that breastfeeding gives children, during the first 3-6 months, is beneficial for their immune systems. I did say, max…6 months. For a woman in this 21 century to breast fed a nearly 4 year old todler is totally repulsive. All animals know when to start distancing themselves from their offspring, this including two legged animals in the ape and monkey family. Obviously this fact of nature is missing in some Humane animals who refuse to realize the best thing they can do for their young is to teach them “independance”!