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Time Magazine Cover Controversy

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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.