Well, Time Magazine sure knows how to rustle some feathers. This week the magazine’s front cover features Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Time photographed four mothers for a cover story on “attachment parenting,” a parenting philosophy that supports extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and “baby wearing.”
The cover has certainly elicited a strong reaction… especially on Twitter. Here’s a round-up of responses from around the media:
“Love the Time cover… in the cringiest way possible.” — Peter Kafka, of AllThingsD
“Anybody else slightly slack-jawed over this week’s Time cover?” — The Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes.
“Breastfeeding your 3-year-old is one thing, but putting a picture of him doing it on the cover of Time?” — The Daily News’ Bill Hammond
“Heads up, parents! If you’re planning to take your kids grocery shopping, you will have to explain this Time mag cover.” — John Cannon
“The Time Magazine breastfeeding cover doesn’t celebrate the practice. It exploits it.” — Meredith O’Brien
What do you think? Was the cover too much? Do you feel like the Time cover celebrates the practice of breastfeeding or exploits it?