I am not one to normally write about what I am seeing in magazines, but this one won’t get out of my head. It is everywhere, and soon to be on news stands. I don’t normally discuss this kind of stuff, because in all honesty breast feeding is a personal preference for every Mother out there, but this Time Magazine cover is just ticking me off. Let me show you this picture…
I don’t like debates or arguments, but I couldn’t let this thing just slide on by without discussion. As a Mom who attempted breast feeding, pumped instead of actual breast feeding and stopped when both my children were 4 months old I am not one who can have much say on the department of length, but I will gladly say, this is not something I want seen on the cover of a magazine that is at my children’s height.
I don’t find breast feeding disgusting, but I do feel it is being made a little too public now a days with the amount of nursing rooms everywhere. It is a private, sentimental moment between a Mother & child, and should be kept that way with the amount of pervs lurking the earth now a days.
Since this image bothered me quite a bit, I started navigating around the Internet to see other’s opinions, and apparently I am not alone in my feelings. Yes, we know breast feeding is best for babies, but do we have to portray it to be scandalous? This image doesn’t say loving, nurturing or anything I think about when breast feeding is discussed. This to me is just… gross. Saddening that Time Magazine is the publisher of this photo.
Upon my searches to find others with opinions on this, Dad Camp is the center point of my thoughts exactly! Their article just sums up my frustrations, from a male point of view however. Here is a snippet of their article and I’ll include a link so you can read it in full!
It’s classic link bait. Say something as outrageous as possible to inflame as much debate as possible. It’s like the Time publishers went to school on Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian in public manipulation.
And the internet has chomped on the bait hook, line, and sinker.
The article features a lithe 26 yr old mom of two proudly breastfeeding her 3 yr old. Inside the piece Jamie Lynne Grumet talks about how she herself was breastfed until she was 6. “It’s really warm. It’s like embracing your mother, like a hug,” she recalls. “You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it’s from that. I never felt like she would ever leave me. I felt that security.”
Breast is best, but … it doesn’t always work for everyone. I maintain that extreme behaviours like this do little to encourage breastfeeding as a norm, but rather portray and some freaky outlying attitude. Breastfeeding is natural, perfect, and the best way to nourish children. This pose, and Ms Grumet’s experience and lifestyle, doesn’t promote that.
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This cover is saying so many different things. It right away is stating if you don’t breast feed your children until they are older, that you aren’t woman enough. Hello!? Thanks Time Magazine for degrading many of your readers. Smart, not. Cancellation of subscription? Yep.
How is this mother to know what she’s doing, isn’t going to destroy her sons life down the road. I know I wouldn’t want to find out I was featured on Time Magazines sucking my Mother. Shesh, I don’t even like the idea that I was breast fed by my own Mother, makes shivers go up my spine! The thought of this to me, makes my stomach turn. Is there any privacy anymore for our children’s futures? Yes, I write about my family, but I don’t write about the utmost personal things, like breast feeding. And I surely would NEVER post such an image, let alone any that could cause emotional and personal issues for my children in the future.
Okay, so I know some of you are all for breast feeding your children no matter what the age, but would you willingly display it like this image has? I am all for breast feeding and wish it was something I could of continued, but I wasn’t comfortable and stopped. I want your opinions! Please. Am I the only one frustrated with how Time Magazine has portrayed breast feeding? Remember, a picture speaks a thousand words, instantly.
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