I hadn't seen the news coverage when I pulled my Time magazine out of my mailbox this morning. I was thus unprepared for the cover picture of a young woman with her breast in her three-year-old's mouth.
The women in my family--my mother, my sister, my daughters and I--all breastfed, usually until our kids were well past babyhood. Some of us had no qualms about discreet breastfeeding in public places. But even for mothers like us, the cover is a a shocker. It's partly the pose. The mother, in skin-tight black, stands with one arm akimbo and the other casually around her son's shoulder. The son stands on a baby chair to reach breast height. Both mother and son stare at the camera. It's hardly a pose to give you a warm fuzzy, which is interesting since the cover story is about attachment parenting.
This isn't the first time that I've been ticked at Time for a misleading, sensationalistic cover. This time the cover image is paired with a question, "Are You Mom Enough?" It sounds like an attempt to start another mommy war, which is the last thing that we need. We need to trust our well-informed, conscientious parents to bring up their children as they see best.
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