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We LOVE Time Mag Cover,

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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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256.

Muta    

You know what else is natural? Peeing. How about showing a guywhipping out his penis and peeing while Time celebrates the invention of toilet.

806 days ago
257.

Medical_Authority, MD    

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806 days ago
258.

ju    

give me afriggin brakr this kid is way to old and is truly enjoying this to me this is child abuse its just sick this kid should be drinking from a cup

806 days ago
259.

ramon    

the above photo make me want to puke

806 days ago
260.

steiny    

This can not be our future. really these kids should be ready for Pre-k not on a teet when will they ever cut the cord? never where are the boundries

806 days ago
261.

Sarah C.    

I feel like most of the comments on here are unfair, to say the least. One of my closest friends was breastfed until the age of seven and she has solid memories of breastfeeding, but she never suffered any psychological damage from it and nobody ever teased her for it. That's ludicrous! I am still nursing my nearly-three-year-old even though it is no longer enjoyable for me (I liked the bonding for the first two years or so, then it became painful again as her sucking changed to accomodate her molars). I keep it up because I think that there are so few aspects of my daughter's life over which she has control and I want her to feel empowered when it comes to making the decision to wean from me and become more independent on her own time frame. She nurses a few times a week right now, not every day, mostly if she bonks her head or scrapes a knee, and you know what? That's okay with me. It's also perfectly acceptable in my family. Most women in my family wean their babies around 3-5 years of age and none of those children have ever grown up to have problems with it, even if pictures are plastered on the walls and memories abound.

Aram is a beautiful, healthy child. Jaimie is a mother with strong convictions who is raising her sons to share her beliefs, something that most parents do. There is nothing wrong with this image. It is not sexual. It is not gross. It is not weird. I would rather see this on the cover of Time Magazine than a child sucking down soda or McDonald's fries or processed frozen dinners from the grocery. I would rather see a breastfeeding toddler without a cover in public any day of the week over a kid eating sugary cereal or animal crackers.

If the comments here were about thoughtful concepts - i.e. the divisive nature of the headline, or the sad tendency of the headline to convey the mistaken impression that extended breastfeeding is an extreme (it isn't, it's a biological norm) - I would be much less disappointed. As it is, I'm appalled to find that so few people were able to look at this, shrug, and move on. If we're going to talk about it, let's have intelligent conversations without mud-slinging, shall we?

806 days ago
262.

Ben    

the health benefits do not last until three or for years of age.

806 days ago
263.

julie    

There is no dietary or physical need for a child this age to breastfeed. This is purely selfishness and an agenda on the part of the mother. You have to let your kids grow up.

806 days ago
264.

LumpyOnion    

For all of those out there that say 'this is normal and beautiful' yea well so is intercourse with the one you love but you cannot do that in public!! Get over yourselves. Breastfeeding is beautiful and normal but should be done in private. Besides, past 1 yr. old I don't see the benefits except for those selfish clingy mothers that refuse to understand that their babies get older; not to mention all the creepy people out there that get off seeing kids in sexually compromising situations! TIME should be ashamed of themselves for selling out!

806 days ago
265.

MmO3    

YES!!! Thank you TMZ!! The cover sure caught a lot of attention, a lot of nasty comments and sexualization of the breasts are typical of people ignorant to the real benefits of breastfeeding and breastfeeding past infancy. I'm so glad you spoke with Bettina Forbes of Best for Babes!

806 days ago
266.

LumpyOnion    

For all of those out there that say 'this is normal and beautiful' yea well so is intercourse with the one you love but you cannot do that in public!! Get over yourselves. Breastfeeding is beautiful and normal but should be done in private. Besides, past 1 yr. old I don't see the benefits except for those selfish clingy mothers that refuse to understand that their babies get older; not to mention all the creepy people out there that get off seeing kids in sexually compromising situations! TIME should be ashamed of themselves for selling out!

806 days ago
267.

Bfingmama    

I didn't realize that I lived amongst so many idiots. For those of you that think she is too small to produce milk are sadly misinformed. I'm breast feeding my 11 month old, I'm 108 pounds and my breasts are barely a B cup...yet SOMEHOW I'm able to produce plenty of milk. It's dismaying to see how many of you think this is "sick", "wrong", or are calling it "child porn". What is wrong with you people to sexualize this? I plan to breast feed my children until they wean themselves, whether it is at a year old or 3.

806 days ago
268.

JFO    

How is drinking tea anything like allowing your child, who is capable of ingesting solid food, to breastfeed until they wean themselves? It's a pointless and silly comparison and nothing but an excuse to make a spectacle of yourself. Your child is receiving ZERO nutrition from doing this. He's not in his infancy, he's practically old enough to be in school full time. This is just such crap, really!

806 days ago
269.

karen    

These people don't have their children in mind.
There are plenty of nutrients in cow milk. They are
exhibitionists willing to jeopardize a child's mental
health. I have never witnessed anything so WRONG
as a 4 year old child suckling on a gloating mother.
THIS is going to be in stores for children to see?

806 days ago
270.

Abby Mcsherry    

lovely image
Quite normal in many cultures around the world and would also have been normal here (in the west) until recently in terms of human evolution and history), just because it is not seen very often does not make it a bad thing. I breast fed my children until they were just gone 2 and then we stopped by a joint decision. Extended breastfeeding rocks. just because a child asks for bread and butter is that a reason not to give any - why is breast milk any different?

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