I support breast feeding moms; I was one. I support attachment parenting; I practice it to a certain extent. But, this week’s Time Magazine cover photo is inappropriate and the caption included makes breast feeding moms – and attachment parenting supporters – sound like bullies.
Breast feeding a toddler is a touchy subject, and when you take into account that Americans in general view breasts as sexual, this photograph is not going to garner any support for extended breast feeding. Many Americans cannot accept that a mother would breast feed her infant in public, I can only imagine what people would have said to this mom as she breast fed her toddler.
Attachment parenting – keeping your child as close to you as possible – co-sleeping, baby wearing, and breast feeding isn’t for everyone. For many reasons, not every woman can breast feed, baby wear or co-sleep. This cover photo is going to create judgement among those who can and those can not, between those who do and those who do not.
Why is the media consistently trying to create competition and hostility among parents? Because that’s what sells and gets people talking.
Do you think Time Magazine has gone too far with this image? Do you support attachment parenting?