Well played TIME Magazine, well played. There’s nothing like a picture of a mother breastfeeding her old-enough-to-feed-himself child to get people all riled up. Attachment parenting is the theme of this week’s TIME cover story about women who believe breastfeeding their children beyond babyhood is normal and healthy.
The woman in the cover shot, Jamie Lynne Grumet, says “People have to realize this is biologically normal. The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.”
I’m not going to lie, this image makes me squeamish. Like, someone-just-dropped-a-live-fruit-bat-with-that-Contagion-pig-disease-down-my-pants kind of squeamish. I mean that kid is going to grow up one day and be ‘that breastfeeding kid on the cover of TIME’ for all eternity. Or maybe I’ve just been irrevocably scarred from watching this fucked up footage. (“It’s even lovelier than mango!”. Shudder.)
Am I simply too judgmental/conservative or does this cover make you feel a little confronted too? Let’s take this to the comment section. I want to hear your thoughts.