Time Magazine Breastfeeding Cover Renews Debate Over Attachment Parenting, Raises Eyebrows

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Time magazine’s latest cover photo, accompanying an article on attachment parenting, has sparked controversy. Why? The breastfeeding image below.

A super-trim, blonde 26-year-old mom in skinny jeans and a tank top, chest thrust out with an exposed breast ... feeding a 3-4 year-old from it.

Attachment parenting advocates keeping a baby as close to your body as possible - at pretty much all times, and well beyond infancy. Exhibit A:

Attachment Parenting Time Cover

Time is marking the 20-year anniversary of “attachment parenting,” a term coined by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife Martha in 1992's The Baby Book.

Parents are supposed to wear their babies in slings, instead of pushing them in strollers. Some moms breastfeed toddlers through nursery school.

Parents co-sleep with the kids in the same room, with babies in attached bassinets and older kids in the bed, for a period of several years at least.

“The essence is about nurturing strong connections between parents and their children,” reads the website of Attachment Parenting International.

“It is to raise children who will become adults with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection. It eliminates violence as a means for raising children."

"Ultimately, it helps to prevent violence in society as a whole.”

Sears claims that the latest research reveals that infants’ brains are “hardwired with strong needs to be nurtured and to remain physically close to the primary caregiver, usually the mother, during the first few years of life.”

That’s most likely true ... but is this taking it a bit far?

Where’s the fine line between being an attached parent and becoming one of those nuisance helicopter parents that never let their kids be independent?

Does the image above paint a fair portrayal of the parenting approach taken by millions, or does it paint it in an unnecessarily unflattering light?

Sound off on the Time cover, and the issue in general, in the comments below.

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The transition from infancy to toddler is a critical stage to teach children that people are NOT just around to serve them, have their own needs, bodies, etc. Google Narcissism, it's a pathology where children do not learn this & believe other people are extensions of their needs without feelings or rights of their own. They never lose the sense of entitlement an infant has. Dr. Sears is setting up his followers to raise a generation of narcissists. If Mommy isn't at school & it's milk & cookie time, does the child expect the teacher to lose her shirt? A parents' job is to ensure a child can survive & thrive w/o you. This idealogy is failure in parenting.

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The transition from infancy to toddler is a critical stage to teach children that people are NOT just around to serve them and have their own needs, bodies, etc. Google Narcissism - it's a pathology where some children do not learn this and believe other people just are extensions of their needs, without feelings or rights of their own. They also never lose the sense of entitlement an infant has. Dr. Sears is setting up his followers to raise a new generation of narcissists. If Mommy isn't at school and it's milk and cookie time, does the child expect the teacher to lose her shirt???? Your job as a parent to ensure your child can survive and thrive without you - this idealogy is failure in parenting.

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@Pusser Man--Hahahaha! I can just see you sidling up to the dairy bar! Oh, you're something else!:) :) :)

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Well... Eyes- you are correct! And what's not to LOVE ABOUT YOU! I think we should discuss the Breast Feeding in private! Ha!

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I agree with rose nicol, exactly how much milk is that child receiving? I think the mother is getting her own kicks from the breastfeeding. Ridiculous

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this is the sickest thing Ive ever seen..

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@Buford Spying??? Hardly--when you post for all the world to see here? As far as the MM look alike possibility is concerned...well, it has been said more than once about me. Mind you, I don't take much stock in it! I like a man who simply prefers me for who I am. I always think it's best--don't you?

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You've been spying on me haven't you- with those eyes like lightning! If you do look like MM then we will get along fine!

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@Buford Soooooo...let me guess. You were different than your kid bro, right? Maybe due to a lactose intolerance? Thus, you were off the nips by 4 months and noshin' on the Gerber's baby cereal, mixed fruits...and mashed peas? Your Mom had no painful memories of your boob bonding escapades I bet. Just one reconstructive procedure for her, eh? And now...you spend your time looking at Playboy and pictures of Marilyn Monroe, right?

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My kid brother was the same way. We couldn't so much as take his ass to church without him sucking on a tit. Finally at the age of 13 mama said that was enough. Damn things were dragging the ground not to mention the fact that he got braces at 12 which developed into reconstructive surgery for mom.End result is Baby Brother sits in his bedroom staring at Vogue Magazine and pictures of David Hasselhoff for hours on end.

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