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Posted: May 16, 2012
Mom enough or too much? 5/14/12
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In a world in which social communications seem to dominate, occasionally, a magazine can still manage to cause controversy.

That was certainly the case last week, when Time magazine featured on its cover a photo of a three-year-old boy latching on to his 26-year-old mother’s breast. And although breast-feeding is nothing out of the ordinary, this photo was not your typical image of that. The mother is standing up, the boy is standing on a chair and both of them are looking at the camera, and not at each other.

It certainly grabbed a lot of attention, but did it serves its intended purpose – to start a conversation on what is known as attachment parenting or did it go too far? Catholic journalist and author Mary DeTurris Poust thinks so. Writing on her blog, she says she was “stunned and disappointed and disgusted” to see what she called an “exploitive photo” on the cover of Time. I had a chance to talk more about this with Mary earlier today.

1 comment
Geri Young -- May 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I think it is the fact that she is not holding him. It is unnatural. I nursed my last child until she turned 3, when she chose to wean herself. That photo “cheapens” the beauty of breastfeeding.

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