Time Magazine’s Controversial Breastfeeding Cover

A photo of a mother breastfeeding her son sounds pretty tame – but what about when the mother is standing up, nursing her three-year-old son perched on a chair to reach her breast?

It’s the latest cover of Time Magazine – and it’s stirring up quite the controversy.

The accompanying article is about “attachment parenting” and the man behind the movement, Dr. Bill Sears. He’s a parenting educator who advocates child-rearing techniques such as extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing.

But instead of featuring the 70-something pediatrician on the cover, the magazine chose Jamie Lynne Grumet, a slender blonde 26-year-old wearing skinny jeans and a tank top, with her chest thrust out and a partially exposed breast alongside the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”

Critics are calling the move a desperate bid to create controversy.

“@Time no! You missed the mark! You’re supposed to be making it easier for breast-feeding moms. Your cover is exploitive & extreme,” tweeted actress Alyssa Milano.

What do you think? Has Time magazine finally gone too far?


Megan Sayers is the managing editor for ModernMom. Follow her on Twitter @MeganSayers 

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