Yesterday the world was all abuzz about Time Magazine’s controversial cover photo featuring Jamie Lynn Grumet breastfeeding her preschool aged son:
As a sexy, non-stereotypical mom who also practises extended breastfeeding, I have to say I’m not exactly impressed with the cover photo.
Why? Because on Instagram and other social media services, the over-whelming response to Time’s picture from their followers was: “Gross, disgusting” etc… Their reaction is not supportive of extended nursing. The public’s reaction to the photo makes me feel criticised, and like I should be ashamed for my choice to practice extended breastfeeding.
Truthfully, I don’t blame their followers for reacting that way. The picture is distasteful – it in no way illustrates the mother/child bond that is the very heart of extended breastfeeding. While I understand that Time was trying to show that even “non-stereotypical” moms practise extended breastfeeding and attachment parenting, I think the image does a disservice to us. Perhaps a collage of pictures of a non-stereotypical mom could have better illustrated their point:
(I’m non-stereotypical right?)
Or, if Time really wanted to be supportive of extended nursing then an image that captures the essence of extended nursing would have used:
Perhaps that’s why I feel personally criticised by Time and the public’s reaction?