Shocking or no big deal? A woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son is the cover photo of this week's
HEADLINE: Time cover shows mom breastfeeding 3-year-old
CAPTION: Shocking or no big deal? A woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son is the cover photo of this week's Time magazine for a story on "attachment parenting," and reactions ranged from applause to cringing to shrugs. (May 11)
[Location - Date:Washington & New York -- May 11, 2012]
DELIBERATE OR NOT ... TIME MAGAZINE'S LATEST ISSUE IS HARD TO MISS ON NEWS STANDS ...
[Notes:SOT Jorge Santistevan, Resident: "They are controversial, and they like to go the extra mile for something... for everything."]
FEATURED ON THIS WEEK'S COVER...
A MOTHER AND HER THREE-YEAR-OLD SON... FOR A STORY ON WHAT'S CALLED ATTACHMENT PARENTING.
A THEORY THAT ENCOURAGES CLOSE BONDS BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD.
AND THAT INCLUDES BREASTFEEDING ... IN SOME CASES ... EVEN TODDLERS.
THE A-P SPOKE TO MOTHERS ...WHO NURSED THEIR CHILDREN BEYOND BABYHOOD.
[Notes:SOT Eliza Hamner-Koenig, breastfeeds her 2.5 year old son: "I think it is important for the rest of the country to know it is a good choice for children. I think it is a little problematic that the cover could be seen as being purposefully controversial, and over sexualized."]
[Notes:SOT Yatosha Martinez, recently weaned 22-month-old son off breastfeeding: "I think that that particular cover, because the child, is to me, looks quite old. I think that that is definitely an extreme."]
TIME'S MANAGING EDITOR AGREES THE PHOTO IS PROVOCATIVE.
BUT SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT ... CENTERING ON A CRUCIAL QUESTION ... HOW WE RAISE OUR CHILDREN. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/8d9b52d593369695c04efe5600e51aaa Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork