"Extreme" Mother on Time Magazine Cover

Has everyone seen this? I've seen it in like 10 different places already. Apparently the image of a 3 year old breastfeeding is so shocking and horrifying that it's the latest buzz on the internet. I find it very strange that it's such a big deal. I mean, the kid is big for his age, he looks like he could be 5. So... what's wrong with breastfeeding a 5 year old again? No one told me that boobmilk becomes poisonous to humans at a certain birthday?

Of all the abusive mothers in the world, we're apparently going to focus on criticizing THIS mom's behavior. That makes sense, I mean the boy is clearly unhappy, unhealthy, and in danger. -_-

If breastfeeding rates were higher in America, we'd all think the sight was as normal as the sun rising. The funny part is, we DO find breastfeeding in other countries normal. Think about it. If you see tribal women topless or nude, it's normal. It's even on National Geographic magazines and it's completely accepted. If they breastfeed their kids, it's just another picture of normal tribal behavior. Why the double standard? Why is an American woman on Time any different than a tribal woman on National Geographic? We are all humans, born to nourish our children with our boobs. That's why we're called mammals, because of MAMMARY GLANDS.

Eventually, people are going to get over it. Breastfeeding rates are rising and that's a fact. There are going to be more and more pictures of nursing children and more people doing it in public. I'm going to tell my daughter than when she was little, the majority of people were very judgmental of me nursing her in public or at all when she was past age 1. And she will not believe me. That will be a really great day.

Comments

Amber said…
I'm all for breastfeeding but I think there comes a time where you need to cut them off. If they can say to you "Hey Mom I'm hungry." Cut them off.
I felt the same way, and planned to cut my daughter off at age 2. But when she turned 2, it didn't seem right. I could not deny her nursing time or she would cry and cry and cry. It was extremely stressful so I did some research and it turns out mammals wean when certain things happen, for instance when their young begin to lose their baby teeth. All of these things that cause weaning indicate that a normal human weaning age is up to 6 years of age. I ended up letting her self-wean and she did right after she turned 3. No muss no fuss, it felt right for both of us.

Do I think nursing a 4 year old looks weird? Yeah, my first instinct is to agree with you, say, "Cut him off already!" But I've been there and had that judgment and disapproval, and it doesn't feel nice. So if that's that's what works for her, I say leave her be. I think we're all just making the best choices we can for our family and we should all try to be accepting of each other.
Clairity said…
Obviously she's the mom and she gets to decide what's best for her child. Yet I can't help but think he's old enough to have been weaned off and be on regular milk. Just sayin'.
Clairejustine said…
I only fed mine for a few days,it hurt me to much and I don't like pain lol, I think its up to the mum to deiced when they want to stop :)
Theresa said…
I'm all for breast feeding. I worked in a mall and have seen plenty of it, so it doesn't phase me in the least. I think the issue here is that the kid is a bit old for mom to be breast feeding in public. A lot of people think that if the kid is old enough to ask for milk, he should be drinking it from a cup. I let my daughter use a pacifier until she was 4 and by God, the looks and comments I got just for that. I think every mom needs to decide what works best for her. In the end, everyone is going to have an opinion, so we need to decide what works for us, and screw what the rest think.
Michelle said…
I completely agree. I'm not shocked at all the negative comments this article has received. I wish people would just shut their mouths if they don't have anything good to say about it. If a mum is able to, and wants to breastfeed and the kid wants to, then it shouldn't be a big deal. I'm a new follower from Reflexion's blog hop :) x
kewkew said…
I don't have a problem with extended breastfeeding or attachment parenting. I do have a problem with the pose of this picture. I also took issue with the fact that Time is obviously trying to provoke with the phrasing of the title. I actually posted about this on mother's day.
Jamie said…
Someone just sent me this article and I loved it! My thoughts exactly.
Anonymous said…
Regular milk? You mean cows breast milk? That is disgusting! Why would you switch your child to another animals breast milk if they are still wanting to nurse off of the human milk made just for them?
Anonymous said…
That is sad it hurt for you and you were no able to get the support to make it feel right. Breastfeeding should never hurt so something was going on. Which is why we need more support for mother to be successful.
Anonymous said…
Love this response!! <3
Raia M. said…
I would argue that if you put arbitrary restrictions on when YOU personally believe that a child should be weaned...then you aren't "all" for breastfeeding after all. You're "all" for breastfeeding as long as it meets your criteria.

Which, when you think about it, is the problem. Alot of people are "all" for breastfeeding...as long as they have the final say about where, how, when, and for what duration of time it is performed. That's ridiculous. If we're going to have a problem with this image, I don't think it should be with the age of the child or the pose of the pair. That's up to the mother and the photographer, neither of whom have to answer to us for their craft, as it were. But the people who made the headlines, who okayed the articles, and who allowed stupid Inernet fights for the sake of profit? The people who continue to undermine breastfeeding efforts by claiming support and then following it up with restrictions or pitches for formula or crappy insurance coverage of lactation consultants, etc?

I'm ready to be critical of that.
Yvette said…
*Clarity said "Yet I can't help but think he's old enough to have been weaned off and be on regular milk."

Are you just sayin that human children should stop drinking the milk from their human mothers and start drinking milk from cows (if that is what you mean by Regular Milk?

These cows who are forced to get pregnant, have baby calves, then are separated from their calves (= veal) so that humans can have their Regular Milk to give to our children who are too old to drink the milk from their own mothers?

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