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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And exactly how much milk is that little boy getting??? Probably not much judging by the size of his mom's breasts. I think rule of thumb is if the kid can exact for it then its' time to wean. I think alot of this has to do with mom wanting to keep the kid her baby for an extended time. My kids at that age were forming an attachment with their dad as they are boys...molds them as men. I think TIME just put breast feeding back 50 yrs now...i breast fed and am all for it but not when the child looks like a little man!!


I am all for attachment parenting. I personally dont do it, but i am not going to judge someone for doing it....my only issue will all this, is how they preach and make people feel like shitty parents for not breast feeding. I wanted to breast feed my son so bad, but i stopped producing milk after about a week. That doesn't mean i am a horriable mother. And even if i did continue to breast feed, i would never do it in a public place. its more about how uncomfortable i would feel with people looking at me, not becuase i think its gross. All this stuff about attachment parenting seems to be the "trendy" thing now, and i hate how its thrown in our face all of a sudden.


Sammi, what does white have to do with this? At least she knows 'who her baby daddy is'.


Sexual charges? No. I can't believe someone thought that. @Blaize and @Eyes it seems to me you agree with each other. I get the point Eyes made at discreet is better. It's suppose to be about feeding and bonding with your child. It seems a bit much to nurse to 4 years.


This is disgusting and proves that white people are sick when raising their children...liberal people shouldn't have children.


Miss Grumet is a w h o r e and should be brought up on child abuse and child pron charges asap--------pig!


Breastfeeding Mom Jamie Lynne Grumet Interview with Time Mag and Cover Photos Revealed here http://is.gd/c0cLUx


@Blaize...Ahhhhhhhh---but I WAS NOT saying that those things are as you say, "dirty little secrets". I am saying there's a value and a virtue to maintaining one's privacy. I believe it's a trend currently to get very "in-your-face" with one's private parts. I've had many men tell me that they find something quite sexy and attractive about a woman who doesn't unwrap her whole body for the multitudes to gawk at. C'mon, hun, I doubt you're an exhibitionist by any stretch of the imagination. I think instead you like to argue for argument's sake about things you'd not do yourself. I enjoyed arguing like this, too, when I was college age, but then in time you out grow it. Trust me.


Parents, we need to unite, against TIME for shamelessly pitting us against each other!! We need to support each other, even when we don't agree with each others decisions. We can agree to disagree in a non-judgmental way.


@Eyeslikelightening: And I disagree with you. I don't think our society should treat the human body, breast-feeding, or sexuality like dirty little secrets that must be well hidden from the public. As long as a person isn't actually having sex in public or flashing their genitals, I don't have a problem with such displays. Breastfeeding in public should be allowed- it should be the decision of the mother. There are discreet ways to do it, like if a woman lowers her shirt just enough for one breast and holds the baby up close to her.

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