The jaw dropping cover of Time Magazine is Jamie Grumet breast-feeding her nearly 4-year-old son. The controversial cover is stirring up a heated debate.
Local mother of one, Cirissa Bentley is also an advocate for breast-feeding.
“There’s always passing on your immunities to the child and it’s nice because it doesn’t cost anything. It’s all natural,” Cirissa says.
But even to her, the cover is a little extreme.
“4 years old? That a little old for me, I don’t think that I would personally feel comfortable with that.”
The method discussed in the article is attached parenting. Proponents of attachment parenting say it promotes bonding. Children are attached, often in a sling to their parents all day including sleeping in the family bed. They breast feed on demand , said to strengthen their maternal bond.
Covergirl Jamie Grumet says she herself was breast-fed until she was six years old. She says she remembers feeling comforted and nurtured. But for critic, the imagery alone makes them feel uncomfortable.