What is everyone talking about? That Time Magazine cover with the woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. It’s brash, it’s bold, it’s way controversial. As our own Carolyn Castiglia over at Strollerderby said, “Is it extreme to breast feed a 3-year-old? That depends on how you feel about extended breast feeding, of course. But one thing is for sure: it’s totally, totally hot. Or gross and weird. Or both.”
Bettina Forbes – co-founder of Best for Babes –an advocacy group dedicated to educating moms about breastfeeding told TMZ ,”We understand that Americans are uncomfortable with [the Time cover], but in cultures where babies wean themselves normally, usually somewhere around age 3 or 4, it is perfectly acceptable.” They said that they are, “happy with anything that is an appealing image, provokes conversation, and ultimately desensitizes people to breastfeeding.” But Forbes told TMZ they would have liked if it had been someone famous like … Jennifer Garner posing in the role of the breastfeeding mom instead of blogger Jamie Lynne Grumet. They apparently would like more stars to come out in support of the idea of “breast is best.” I guess that Grumet looks like a movie star isn’t enough. But if there was a star like Jennifer Garner wouldn’t the cover than be about her rather than the topic at hand?
One famous mom who wouldn’t have posed for the cover? Alyssa Milano who tweeted that she feels the cover “is exploitive and extreme.” She continued saying, “You missed the mark. You’re supposed to be making it easier for breastfeeding moms.” (Check out what other celebrity moms tweeted here.)
And she’s not the only one imagining other scenarios with other people in the part of breastfeeding mom, meet the Breastfeeding Mom Meme on Buzzfeed – from blimps to Angelina Jolie breastfeeding Brad Pitt, yes, some people have too much time on their hands.
What do you think of this cover?