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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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241.

Lynda Jones-owings    

Authority_Medical MD,

Understand that we are not in Africa, we are in America and we don't give a dam about what they do in Africa, we are discussing America and how discussing it is th feed a 3 - 4 year old child breast milk. Are you a child molester?

"The !Kung of Africa represent the natural state of human feeding. Mothers of this nomadic tribe breastfeed each child for up to six years."

839 days ago
242.

Sandra     

I believe in breast feeding but this is crossing the line!! No 4 year old should be breast feeding !!! This mother is seeking attention in the wrong way!!

839 days ago
243.

Mona    

I respect people's beliefs and their freedom to make decisions. But I think that by putting this picture on the cover of a magazine which has general content, they take away my choice. If I want to read about breastfeeding, I will buy a magazine meant for mothers and babies, in the same way that I would pick a Golf or Bike or Fitness magazine. I almost feel ambushed.

839 days ago
244.

rhonda    

Wow...you people make me sad...full of ignorant comments...don't come crying to me when your child is diagnosed with Cancer, diabetes, 100 ear infections...all cuz this is "gross" I would rather feed 100% natural than 100% factory made sludge.

839 days ago
245.

hummm    

I will buy the whole concept if, at leat she had any milk on those empty bags.

839 days ago
246.

MELL@YAHOO.COM    

THIS HAPPEN ALOT IN CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES SUCH AS TRINIDAD THAT WHY THE KIDS NEVER GET SICK ,BREAST MILK BUILDS UR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND IF HER BREAST ARE STILL PRODUCING MILK WELL GIVE HIM

839 days ago
247.

nanci    

if that kid is 3 her breast milk must b like eggnog.

839 days ago
248.

dm    

At least be real. this breast has no milk.

839 days ago
249.

Sigmonde    

This is emblematic of today's liberals hiding from work in their mother's basement, waiting for the teat of big government to replace mommy..

839 days ago
250.

diana    

i dont agree when breastfeeding is done in public...it is not a beautiful thing and should be done behind closed doors...it is a personal thing between baby and mother and not shared with strangers...now this cover on the magazine is down right wrong and appalling actually very disturbing....just another photo the child porn predaters can send to each other...disgusting...

839 days ago
251.

jen    

This is sick as a mother that has no problems with brestfeeding this is sick. I fell bad for the kid too b/c this is going to fallow him for his life. She clearly gets some sick love for this shes got a smile on her face SICK SICK SICK

839 days ago
252.

Glickman deborah    

A three year old is no longer a baby.

839 days ago
253.

Crabby    

My friend breastfed her son until he was 7 ( and she then had breast implants done).She openly spoke about it while we were in nursing school during our labor delivery and new baby rotation.She spoke about it in class and you could have heard a pin drop but let me add that 90% of the class were young unmarried females.Those of us with children (male and female) admired her for her choice. Let me add that he was one of her three children her youngest and her only boy and she breast fed all of them but her girls wanted to wean earlier.Her son (and daughters) are all well adjusted high functioning loving people. Her son is 16 now and as cute as can be.So being quick to judge because you feel awkward is kind of backwards thinking. My friend did not breast feed her son in public at that age but at family get togethers her family knew he was still "taking the breast" and could have cared less. She would just go into a private room feed him and that was that.I was not shocked that she was breast feeding at his age BUT I was shocked she had the balls to disclose it to the mass of 20 something morons in our class and be subjected to their wrath and ridicule.OH BTW breast feeding is the ideal way to feed your offsring IF you can:) Just one last thing this woman was drop dead gorgeous a dead ringer for a younger Kim Delaney...rock hard body from running ten miles a day for years and she was the most nurturing astute R N out of our class of 78. Do ya think maybe nurturing and breast feeding your kids is a "good thing"? Hell Yes!!!!!

839 days ago
254.

MJ    

Perfectly natural...go mom.

839 days ago
255.

Moma T    

The article states this child is 3, don't believe that,he looks much older than that. Don't know of another mammal that allows her young to wean themselves, so why as the most civilized mammal allow this? Even the word suckling brews a vision of a little baby for goodness sake. This, in my opinion is over the line and embarrassing!

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