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Breastfeeding Cover Photo: What Do You Think?

May 21 issue of Time magazine shows picture of Mom breastfeeding young boy standing on a chair.

 Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to a Time magazine cover photo of a breastfeeding mom used to illustrate an article about “attachment” parenting.

The May 21 issue of time magazine features a cover photo of a mom breastfeeding her three-year-old son, who is standing on chair to reach her breast. The photograph is being used to illustrate an article about a concept in childrearing known as “attachment” parenting. The cover headline asks the question “Are You Mom Enough?” The article delves into the history of attachment parenting and some of its main philosophies including extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping. However, the buzz so far is less about the article than its provocative photo spreads. Now we’d like you to share your thoughts:

What do you think about the Time magazine cover photo of the Mom breastfeeding the young boy standing on the chair?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Phillipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Rachel May 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Generally speaking as long as you keep nursing enough, your body will keep producing milk.
Rachel May 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM
There is not limit of 6 months! Where did that come from? From the World Health Organization: Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. From the American Academy of Pediatrics: The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.
tamarya May 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Usually you formula or breastfeed up to the first yr, some babies longer if they have developmental problems or lacking in growth. Rachel her theory may have come from a long time ago, because I know my mom said when I was born you were pulled from breast and formula when the baby doubled birth weight because she said I was on cows milk by about 6 months.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. May 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Many more disgusting, revolting, repulsive, nauseating, gross, obscene displays are out there for all to see but as they say, censorship is even more unacceptable.
Dana May 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Read my comment-- "I FEEL etc..." It's just my opinion. Geez, talk about having your cheerio's pooped in... I don't give a rats hiney about statisitics... I make my own decisions and find my own conclusions. And besides, this article wasn't about 'how long is it appropriate to breast feed', it is about a magazine cover. Take a chill pill and smile on this rainy, cloudy day Rachel :) and Tamarya, it was just my opinion...no long time ago theory, no sceduled feeding stipulation :)

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