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Time's Breastfeeding Cover: What Celebrity Should Have Played the Role of Breastfeeding Mom?

By Sunny Chanel |

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?

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0 thoughts on “Time's Breastfeeding Cover: What Celebrity Should Have Played the Role of Breastfeeding Mom?

  1. scallywag says:

    What’s interesting is the implied sexuality of the cover (and perversely the sense of indecency of a young boy suckling on his mother’s breast) which if we are to go by popular culture, has sexualized the breast as a phallic symbol whilst at the same time neglecting to realize that breasts actually exist for a biological reason- to provide milk for the rearing of the young.

    Turning a personal child rearing decision on a polemic on aesthetics is merely pandering and an ingenuous attempt by Time to stir the boat….

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/05/time-magazine-cover-are-you-mom-enough-shocks/

  2. Steven Bellevue says:

    I’m OK with the photo, if breastfeeding an older child is exactly what the intent of the photo is meant to convey. But, when the article describes a mother who is breastfeeding an older child as being “hot,” then we actually DO get into the area of implied sexual incest. As written in the article:

    “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.”

    Hot? As in sexually arousing “hot”? — That is where the article goes wrong. In that case, I am appalled by it since I am firmly against child sexual abuse in any form, including incest. Stating that breastfeeding (because of the age of the child) is “hot” (implying sexual arousal) is wrong. It is no longer “just” breastfeeding. The word “hot” becomes an extroverted sexual motive for gaining sexual arousal on the basis of being sexually stimulated by an older child for the adult. The motive is for the adult on a sexual level, and is no longer a motive to breastfeed the child for the child’s nutritional needs.

    Using a child for the purpose of achieving sexual arousal IS child sex abuse. I consider it to be pedophilia. I consider it to be illegal under the definition of pedophilia.

    Shame on Time Magazine. Booo!

  3. Edward Kramer says:

    I have no idea where the line gets drawn? Perhaps we Americans are so intellectual that we no longer need to draw “the line” on anything. Or perhaps that snake in the Garden of Eden has taken us to a new level of awareness?

    I personally don’t agree with breastfeeding a 3 year old but that is just me. We can voice an opinion to the ends of the Earth but what’s “IN” gets the attention.

    Good luck,

    Ed

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