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Breastfeeding Org.

We LOVE Time Mag Cover,

Except ...

5/10/2012 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Time magazine cover with breastfeeding
The 3-year-old kid suckling from his mother's teet on the cover of Time Magazine is NOT too old to breastfeed ... so says a powerful breastfeeding organization -- but they do have one gripe.

TMZ spoke with Bettina Forbes -- co-founder of Best for Babes -- an advocacy group dedicated to educating moms about breastfeeding.

Forbes tells us, "We understand that Americans are uncomfortable with [the Time cover], but in cultures where babies wean themselves normally, usually somewhere around age 3 or 4, it is perfectly acceptable."

She adds, "Think of it this way -- some cultures have been drinking green tea for millennia, only recently has it become popular in the United States once the health benefits were understood and it was popularized by marketing ... breastfeeding is the same, it is accepted and valued in many cultures, but not yet fully in the U.S."

As for the gripe -- Forbes says her first choice would have been Jennifer Garner in the role of breastfeeder ... but "we're happy with anything that is an appealing image, provokes conversation, and ultimately desensitizes people to breastfeeding."

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211.

PaulWS    

If you are really breastfeeding your 3 year old, you have Octomom level mental damage.

793 days ago
212.

Laurie123    

Sorry, the argument that many other cultures accept and encourage breast-feeding of four year-olds as perfectly okay, is NOT a valid argument. There are many customs from different countries that most people would not readily accept here in the USA - example: Arranged marriages, child-brides, spanking of children, etc. Breastmilk is indeed the perfect food for babies, their digestive system cannot readily absorb other foods - but once they can eat everything, walk, talk, go to potty, that's a pretty good sign that breastfeeding days should be over.

793 days ago
213.

carol    

Oh Goodness, that's ridiculous - so bad.......

793 days ago
214.

campy    

I'm pretty sure that's the luckiest kid in the world.

793 days ago
215.

Laurie123    

The cover picture itself, unfortunately, can give off a sexual connotation, rather than a maternal one. I showed my husband the picture - his reaction?
"WOW - is she ever hot!"
"But honey, what do you think about breastfeeding a four year old?"
"Who cares? She's hot!"....
Happy Mother's Day.

793 days ago
216.

Mangymutt    

so the whole premise of why breastfeeding is good for your kid is because of the irreplaceable nutrients in breast milk that cannot be found in formula and the mother-child bond. I get that, but there's no need to act all self righteous about it and flash your boob in public while your 3-4 year old sucks away! There's a time and a place for everything and the time or place for this is in the privacy of your home. It's one thing to have an infant who is hungry and hysterical crying because it's hungry and the mother who solely breastfeeds just has to break down and feed in public. But I have witnessed a mother of 2 older children at the library allow her 3 and 5 year old children to lift up her shirt in public and suck away as they so pleased. These kids weren't starving! These kids just wanted a snack! How many times do we hear moms tell their kids! No snacking! Why can't these mothers tell their kids that they will just have to wait til they get home to drink! It's no different from a pacifier! It's a soothing habit that these kids get from breastfeeding. So why take away a kids pacifier then? Let them keep it until they decide to break the habit!

792 days ago
217.

Lisa    

That kid looks far too happy to be just breastfeeding. Something not right here...

792 days ago
218.

bjay    

Awww, how cute. They found a family photo of Norman Bates and his mommy.

792 days ago
219.

Tesla_Consulting    

"Forbes says her first choice..." Put her in next month.

792 days ago
220.

BB not bb    

What cultures have three and four year olds breast feeding? These kids are old enough to eat normal food. Breast feeding is for babies. I think Time is making it look freakish instead of normal. If the kid has teeth and motor skills, he is ready for regular food.

This is maybe targeted to appeal to child molesters I think. Maybe it is a subliminal message. I really don't like it at all. There is nothing wrong with breast feeding, but to show this is very aberrent.

There is nothing dirty about it but people tend to think that way and then to show a grown boy doing it is pretty weird and almost suggestive in the context presented.

792 days ago
221.

Day Day    

Kiddie porn for sure. Vile and sick!

792 days ago
222.

Cheryl A.    

I breast fed all 7 of my children but NONE of them was old enough to stand up and reach them if I was also standing. 15 to 18 months old and that was it.

792 days ago
223.

bozzman    

if that young man needs breast milk that mom needs a breast pump

792 days ago
224.

JENN    

what is disturbing to me about this photo is not the fact that she is still breastfeeding its the fact that she does not even look like she still has milk to give him...im sorry but i nursed my kids and my boobs were always way bigger because i was producing milk..her boobs look as if they have dried up maybe she is still doing it as a connection not for nourishment..does anyone else feel this way?

792 days ago
225.

k    

Mammals feed their young until they are 3 times their birth weight. In humans that is about age one. After about that time it is no longer needed and it just gets gross. I am a breastfeeding woman.

792 days ago
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