Time Magazine's latest cover story about attachment parenting, which features a photo of a mother breast-feeding her 3-year-old son, has stirred up a bit of controversy.
The cover - released ahead of Mother's Day this Sunday - depicts Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother based in Los Angeles, wearing a pair of jeans and blue tank top, which she has pulled down to nurse her son. Both Grumet and her child are standing, with him on a small wooden chair to reach his mother's breast.
The title of the cover story is "Are You Mom Enough?" and explores a method called "attachment parenting," made famous by Dr. Bill and Martha Sears' 1992 treatise The Baby Book. The parenting style supports practices that include breast feeding for far longer than the six months to a year that most experts recommend, and having children and babies sleep in the same bed as their parents.
In a Q&A interview with Time's Healthland blog, cover model Grumet said she wanted people to see her breastfeeding in the hopes of normalizing the parenting style she has espoused.
"There are people who tell me they’re going to call social services on me or that it’s child molestation," said Grumet. "I really don’t think I can reason with those people. But as far as someone who says they’re uncomfortable with this, I don’t think it’s wrong to admit this. But people have to realize this is biologically normal. It’s not socially normal. The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture."