‘Time’ Cover Illustrates Attachment Parenting Featuring Mother Breastfeeding 3-Year-Old Son

The cover of ‘Time Magazine’ features Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old California mom, shown breast-feeding her son Aram, who turns four next month.

Time cover featuring 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. Photo: Martin Schoeller/TIME

New Time Magazine cover story accompanied by provocative pictures is devoted to a two-decade-long discussion of attachment parenting.

Time journalist Kate Pickert reports on the rise of attachment parenting, a set of techniques popularized by Dr. William (Bill) Sears in “The Baby Book,” his 767-page treatise published in 1992.

Time photographer Martin Schoeller photographed four mothers who subscribe to attachment parenting for this week’s cover of Time.

One of the women, Jamie Lynne Grumet, a slim blonde 26-year-old California mom, is featured on the cover breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, reports The Huff Post.

“When you think of breast-feeding, you think of mothers holding their children, which was impossible with some of these older kids,” Schoeller said in an interview on TIME.com.

“I liked the idea of having the kids standing up to underline the point that this was an uncommon situation,” he said.

Jamie Lynne Grumet has two kids – her adopted son is 5, and her biological son will be 4 next month. Grumet is an advocate of attachment parenting and even blogs about it.

In the interview with Time she says that her own mother was breastfeeding her until she was 6 and she actually remembers that.

“It’s really warm. It’s like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it’s from that. I never felt like she would ever leave me. I felt that security,” Grumet said in the interview.

However, usually a lot of question arise when mothers are called out for breastfeeding in public: Is breastfeeding indecent? Is it natural?

According to The Huff Post, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all mothers breastfeed for a full year — or longer if the mother so chooses.

Sears’ theory includes also baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping. And, as Pickert notes, the women featured are at one extreme end of this always-controversial discussion.

At the same time there are also are mothers who “endorse the idea of maternal closeness but think Sears is out of his mind.”

“A third category includes mothers caught in the middle,” the writer goes on. “These parents try to achieve Sears’ ideal of nursing, baby wearing and co-sleeping but fall short for some reason and find themselves immobilized by their seeming parental inadequacy. They suffer from what two New York City parenting consultants call “posttraumatic Sears disorder.”

Mashable writes that Internet users quickly responded to controversial cover. It has been Photoshopped, criticized and applauded.

Some Internet users express the idea that the cover is hurting the boy’s reputation in the future.

Some think that it’s exploiting mothers. At the same time there are people who have found humor in the cover, manipulating the image and the topic by referencing other bits of pop culture.

“They are people who tell me they’re going to call social services on me or that it’s child molestation. 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,” Jamie Lynne Grumet said in the interview.

“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. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it,” she said.

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