Time Breastfeeding Cover: ‘Are You Mom Enough’?
Are you Mom enough?
In the provocative new cover story of its May 21 issue, TIME Magazine taps into a two-decade-long parenting conversation that has boiled over in recent months. Journalist Kate Pickert reports on the rise of attachment parenting, a set of techniques popularized by Dr. William (Bill) Sears in “The Baby Book,” his 767-page treatise published in 1992.
In the article, Pickert explores who Sears is and why controversy surrounds his theories — specifically baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping — but it’s TIME’s photographs of real mothers breastfeeding their toddlers that has everyone talking.
The cover shows Jamie Lynne Grumet, a slim blonde 26-year-old California mom, breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. TIME photographer Martin Schoeller also shot three other families on the same day.
I’m a mother, I have nursed all my children, and my daughters have nursed all their children, and I can’t begin to describe how disturbing this Time photo is. The choice of an older child, and provocative hand-on-hip pose and the mom facing the camera instead of her child as if to say “Look at how HIP and HOT and THIN I am! Better than all of you!”
I’ve been following the discussion on this Time cover photo on several other blogs, and there seems to be a notion that, if you’re uncomfortable with this particular photo (which is not natural at all, IMO) then you must be against breastfeeding which is perfectly normal and natural!
I can proclaim myself an expert on child rearing—hey, I raised 9 kids and they are all educated and self-supporting! And I think this “attachment parenting” thing is complete horseshit, just something to make like 99% of the parents who read this article feel inadequate about themselves.