Breastfeeding is normal, natural, and a wonderful way to bond mother to baby. Key word in that sentence, for most people, is “baby.” Not toddler, and certainly not kindergartner. Time Magazine has kicked off a scrum of controversy with a photo depicting a woman breastfeeding a 3-year-old boy. Meanwhile, the crux of the issue isn’t breastfeeding or even attachment parenting (which encourages this sort of thing), but Dr. Bill Sears, author of The Baby Book. But all anyone can talk about is that cover.
“People have to realize this is biologically normal,” said Jamie Lynne Grumet, the 26-year-old stay-at-home mother from Los Angeles who is on the magazine cover. ”The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.”
So, my take on the issue as a non-breastfeeding non-parent? If the child can walk, talk, and get food without serious assistance, maybe it’s time to wean said child. Or, if you can’t wean, at least not breastfeed the child in public. There are bottles and ways to express said breastmilk. Once the child can form memories of being breastfed, the act gets into some strange Alicia Silverstone spitting food into his son’s mouth territory.
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