Everyone's doing it, so I might as well put in my 2 cents about the TIME magazine cover and article on attachment parenting. A lot of the hullabaloo has been related to the cover where blogger, Jamie Lynne Grumet is shown nursing her 3 year old son.
In the circles I venture into, issues revolved around her pose/weight/outfit. Some agreed with Salon.com, that putting a thin/hot mom in a tanktop while nursing her son, who appears to have been dressed and positioned so that he looks older (like 6 or 7), sexualized the image.
I disagreed. A tanktop and a child on a chair does not equal sexualized. Maybe if the tank top had some strategically placed sequins and tassels, but a plain tank top? Maybe if she had a "come hither" look, but she doesn't. She looks confident and perhaps challenging (especially paired with the divisive headline). It's provokative, but not sexualized No, she probably doesn't nurse like that at home, but no one nurses at home as if a photographer is posing them for the cover of TIME.
And maybe the boy was dressed to look older, but six year olds do nurse and there's nothing wrong with that either, so that argument was kind of null for me. Perhaps if someone glanced at the cover and went home aghast that a 6 year old was nursing, they'd be a little nicer to their friend/family member who is nursing her 3 year old. Of course, I'd like for them to be nicer to moms who nurse their 6 year olds, too. Usually by that point, it's not something that is brought up in conversation anymore because of the negativity around it. Let's get past that as a culture.
When I went to pin another photo from the TIME article, before I could count to 10, there were some very rude comments on it. Concerns that a child with teeth shouldn't be nursing (some newborns have teeth!), that it would cause some sort of Freudian or psychological issues to nurse a kid who would remember it, and general, "EWW..." surfaced. I asked for respect in dialogue and replied well and I'm ok with leaving the conversation where it is at, so don't go and comment- we all have better things to do than comment troll Pinterest- it's the weekend! But enjoy reading the conversation if you'd like. It was one of those, "Ok. Here we are again..." moments.
In all, I thought the related article was nice and that the cover was some "sell magazines" propaganda. And that's pretty much my whole opinion on it.
Margaret's opinion was, "A big kid nursing!"
Isaac's opinion was, "Breast!" (that's our name for nursing).
Other related articles and responses:
Dionna Ford's Huffington Post article, Extended Breastfeeding Does Not Equal Extreme. Dionna was one of the bloggers in the article's photos as well and did her own post at Code Name: Mama.
Also in the HuffPo: TIME Magazine: the Breastfeeding Debate.
Time Magazine Breast-feeding Cover Provokes Strong Reaction, from the LA Times.
From Breasts to Boobs and Back Again, from Jason Good 365.
USAToday published an article, Breast-feeding a 3 year old is normal, anthropologist says.
And one more opinion from me: Please stop publishing the word "breast-feeding" with a hyphen. "Breastfeeding" is the acceptable form. Ignore the squiggly lines in Microsoft Word. They don't know anything.