Big Kids Breast-Feeding: This Week's Startling Time Cover

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Time on attachment parenting: Has it gone too far?
Time on attachment parenting: Has it gone too far?

Time magazine this week asks some important questions about attachment parentingand whether its practitioners' relentless concerns with long-term breast feeding, co-sleeping and "wearing" their babies for constant comfort is rational or insane.

But more than the stories, it's the cover photo that will grab your attention whether you've got your kid in a sling 24/7 or not.

It shows Jamie Lynne Grumet of Los Angeles, baring her breast for her three-year-old son (who seems like a particularly large child) to suck on. There are more pictures inside. These are startling images, even for someone like me, who nursed my kids past the two-year mark.

Readers, please weigh in here. Do you find these arty photos of moms breastfeeding their three-year-olds discomfiting or empowering?

Slate's Hanna Rosin finds the whole concept alarming, as she writes here:

Attachment parenting demands not just certain actions you take with your baby but also certain emotional states to accompany those actions. So, it’s not just enough to breast-feed but one has to experience “breast-feeding induced maternal nirvana.” And it’s not enough to snuggle—you have to snuggle enough to achieve a spiritual high. As Badinter has said, once women were just expected to tolerate their babies, Betty Draper style, but now they are expected to experience “jouissance,” loosely translated as “orgasm.” And this is what makes the movement truly oppressive.

This program aired on May 10, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for Bostonomix.