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The Time Magazine cover of Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 3 year old son
What do say about the cover of Time Magazine featuring 26 year old mother Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 3 year old son Aram?
According to an article on the Daily Mail she also breastfed her adopted son Samuel when he was 5. She believes it helps to give children a greater sense of comfort and connection and also helps them in the long term with their sense of being and self confidence. I’m not in a position to say whether or not this is the case. I don’t really think anyone is in the position to say whether or not this is the case, including anyone who would claim an expertise in the subject. This is a matter of personal choice and opinion and absolutely cannot be argued to be right or wrong in the way a Math answer can be right or wrong.
No doubt there are people who find the picture shocking and abhorrent. When it reaches the point where a child is standing on a chair and suckling at his mother’s breast, that child no longer needs to be nursing they would say; but the reason that people would think it’s inappropriate is because they equate a woman’s breasts and the act of sucking on a woman’s breast with sex. They see this picture and they start to wonder if the mother will corrupt the child or if she is herself corrupt.
But there’s every possibility the corruption is in our own mind and because our own minds are so corrupted we’re offended by an image that was perfectly natural and normal at some point in human history, possibly even still so in certain cultures. Our discomfort compels us to cast judgement and suspect a mother of being a bad parent for breastfeeding her 3 year old, something she believes in her heart does great good for her child. That we see it as somehow vile is perhaps more a reflection on us than it is on her.
Image © Time Magazine