Time magazine cover ignites breast feeding controversy firestormFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The cover of the latest Time Magazine is causing quite the up-roar. The cover, illustrating a 26 year-old mom breast feeding her 3 year-old son has some applauding and others cringing.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
The cover of the latest Time Magazine is causing quite the up-roar. The cover, illustrating a 26 year-old mom breast feeding her 3 year-old son has some applauding and others cringing.
From the minute this magazine hit the internet people have been tweeting, trending, or talking about it.
Natalie Ganske – West Fargo: “My first reaction was just wow. I saw it on Facebook yesterday so I was just shocked.”
The article "Are You Mom Enough?" is on the attachment parenting style, which focuses on longer breast feeding, sleeping with your children until they are older, and baby wearing. Natalie Ganske, mother of a one year-old says however mothers choose to raise their children is their choice, but publicizing it like this is just wrong.
Natalie Ganske: “I feel that I don't think it is anybody's decision to make but the mothers. Some things are just better kept behind closed doors. I feel that distributing it out on a nationwide front is a little too forward.”
Another mom I spoke to stopped breast feeding her son when he was one.
Crystal Kloos – West Fargo: “That was perfect. That was long enough for me.”
Crystal Kloos says it is great to see women breast feeding, but at the age of three, might be a little too old.
Crystal Kloose: “It is kind of uncomfortable for Americans to see such an old child, I guess, still nursing. I mean, I know it is common in other countries for children to nurse for so long.
Another thing that people I spoke to say is, forget about the breast feeding, what about the boy?
Natalie Ganske: “My heart kind of goes out to the child in a sense that not everybody is going to be as understanding with the situation and as he gets older. You know, I just hope that he isn't teased by other kids or other mothers.”
Representatives from the magazine say the point was to get attention, and bring this parenting style to the fore front. It looks like they've accomplished that goal. The magazine hits newsstands May 21st.