THE cover of the current issue of Time magazine has been accused of going too far with the photo of a mother breastfeeding her son who is almost four.
Under the headline: “Are you mum enough?” 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet appears with her son Aram who is standing on a chair to reach her breast.
Grumet is an advocate of Attachment Parenting, and explains in the article that she also continues to breastfeed her older son five-year-old Samuel, whom she adopted from Ethiopia, and that her own mother breastfed her until she was six.
Attachment parenting, is a movement that has grown since the 1950s and encourages parents to be with their children 24 hours a day – sharing a bed and breastfeeding until the children are of school going age.
Grumet tells Time that she can still recall being breastfed: “"It's really warm. It's like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it's from that."
Grumet’s blog has crashed since the article appeared, but she had written a post on it detailing how she had breastfed Aram, who will turn four next month, at the Playboy mansion and comments: “ I actually felt it was the most appropriate place on earth to do it,."
Reaction to the cover on Twitter has been mixed. Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: "Time, no! You missed the mark! You're supposed to be making it easier for breastfeeding moms. Your cover is exploitive and extreme."
"Time magazine cover is pretty disturbing!" model Joanna Krupa said. "Breast feeding a 3yr old is wrong! What's wrong w ppl!"
Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik a supporter of breastfeeding and attachment parenting tweeted: "This is for you, La Leche League International and for every lactation consultant and fellow mama warrior who held me while I cried. this is not easy, to try and speak for all of us, but I will do my best to make you proud."