Magazine shocks readers with breastfeeding cover

May 12, 2012, 08:11 IST | Agencies

An image of a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son on the cover of Time Magazine has sparked outrage. Jamie Lynne Grumet (26), is pictured with her son Aram suckling her left breast while standing on a chair to reach her.

The mum-of-two revealed how she still breastfeeds Aram, who turns four next month, and her adopted five-year-old son, Samuel, in a feature about attachment parenting. In the latest edition of the magazine, Grumet explained that she was breastfed by her own mother until she was six years old.

Controversial: The Time Magazine cover showing Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her three-year-old son

The mother said, “I grew up this way and never thought about raising my kids differently.” She added that she has given up trying to reason with strangers who see her nursing her son and threaten to “call social services on me or that it’s child molestation”. “People have to realise this is biologically normal,” she said. “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.”
The cover has sparked a storm with many people accusing Time of “exploiting children”.

However, Time’s managing editor Rick Stengel defended the magazine cover. He said, “It’s certainly an arresting image. Some people think it’s great and some people are revolted by it. That’s what you want, you want people talking.”  

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