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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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226.

jb    

I think it's disgusting!

710 days ago
227.

stephanie    

Kiddie porn.

The pedophiles will be buying multiples of this magazine issue.

710 days ago
228.

carol    

Women who do not for a child that age aren't doing it for the benefit of the child, the woman is on an ego trip and needs a mental evaluation. Not to mention, the kid will be tormented by his peers for this stupidity, thanks to the mother.

710 days ago
229.

carol    

The mother needs to have a mental evaluation - she is on an ego trip and the kid will be bullied forever for this.
This kid is going to have several problems later because of his selfish mother.

710 days ago
230.

happyday    

People are so stupid in this country about breast feeding. It is NOT sexual in ANY way, but OMG, it involves women's breasts, so people get all weird about it. I think kids should stop nursing when they and/or the mom is ready--no kid past 4 or so is even going to want to anymore, so I don't think people should freak out about it. That kid in the picture is like the oldest looking almost 4 yr. old they could find, and he's obviously standing on something. I regret that I let people bully me into forcing weening on my kids when they were 2. We were not ready, and it was awful. People need to quit acting like 10 yr. old boys when it comes to breastfeeding.

710 days ago
231.

Billyrob    

Time Magazine Cover OR Got Milk Ad?ItsNotOnTheTest http://wp.me/p1VsTV-1UX

710 days ago
232.

Kayan Phoenix    

ok i'd say the cut off age is 2, i only breastfed my kids till age 1, Happy birthday No more che che for u lol, at a certain point the milk can make them sick, and for damn sure not till 3, kids need Whole milk to help there brains develop right, n although breast milk can be fatty, it doesn't provide enough to accomplish that, and if the kid can talk in full sentences, u went way to far!!

710 days ago
233.

Sue    

Gross

710 days ago
234.

Al    

What about if a "collector" downloads this pictures, would that be considered child porn if the law looks into a suspect's pc?

710 days ago
235.

LisaL    

I'm sorry, but there is nothing 'normal' about a child that age still breastfeeding.
A child that age still breastfeeding= a child that rules the home over the parents.
I'm all for breastfeeding and plan on doing it when my baby arrives (if I can), but yeah... that's when she's still a BABY, not a toddler than can drink whatever she wants out of a cup.

710 days ago
236.

Pimpcessa    

Isn't it true that while breast feeding , the mother has to refrain from alcohol and any other substance that can harm the kid? WELL THAT SETTLES IT FOR ME! My kid would go from the womb straight to the baby bottle.......all because I wanna take care of the little tyke! Haha.

710 days ago
237.

leah    

It is ridiculous to suggest that there are ANY benefits, health or otherwise, to breast feeding a 4 year old. It
does nothing positive to promote these extremists. All
it does is turn people off.

710 days ago
238.

News Flash     

Time to pull the calf off the cow

710 days ago
239.

Lynda Jones-owings    

This is nasty. Why would a parent do that to a child. It is just nasty.........

710 days ago
240.

Rayar Johnson    

This is a disgrace. Breastfeeding is for babies with no teeth to get nutrition from the mother. Once they have teeth, your boob to mouth duty for children is OVER. This is child abuse.

710 days ago
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