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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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271.

Sherms    

That is absolutely DISGUSTING. So tired of hearing these stupid stories of women whipping it out in public just to start drama...or this stupid woman who thinks this is okay. And to publicize it, no-less. Sick.

804 days ago
272.

karen    

WHY take a picture of child abuse? That is what
this is. I hope I can get this horrible image out of
my mind. What conceivable reason would cause
a woman to do this? SICK, almost like photographing
child porn.

804 days ago
273.

I Was About To Say    

I can see when he is a 30 or 40yr old married man saying to his wife "Honey, I hope you don't mind but my mom is coming over around 6 to breast feed me"

804 days ago
274.

sickofher    

It's wrong, just wrong, not to mention offensive. You want to be a freak, do it in your home, not on a magazine cover!

804 days ago
275.

I Was About To Say    

I bet she wouldn't be doing that if it was a 4yr old girl...jus sayin

804 days ago
276.

Carolyn    

Disgusting!!

804 days ago
277.

DaddyB    

I have never understood the hangup many people have over breast feeding. What's even more amazing are the comments I've heard from other women directed towards a mother breast feeding her child. The best was, "take the baby to the bathroom and do it". Yea, go eat your meal in the bathroom! I'm talking about a mother that was being very discrete in feeding her child. No boob hanging out. Darn!

But on another issue, seriously, that kid in the picture is only three???? Looks like Seau's replacement in the making.

804 days ago
278.

I Was About To Say    

Time Mag only did this for the attn they are getting. She is wearing skinny jeans, tank top and looking at the camera like "I dare you to say I'm doing something wrong". All about sales. What will be their "next" shocking way to sell mags after the smoke has settled (i mean milk has dried up)

804 days ago
279.

I Was About To Say    

And, look at the boys face in this pic, like "Why am I being made to do this??"

804 days ago
280.

KP    

I understand that breast milk is supposed to be great for kids .... so why not use a breast pump and give your kid the milk in a cup? Once a kid is old enough to remember this, and remember being on the boob, it's bound to be confusing. Just use a breast pump and a sippee cup, that way you are providing your kid with all of the nutrients. To me, this is selfish -- it prevents the child from getting less attached from mom and growing up.

804 days ago
281.

Starr    

I mean come on.....I breast feed my child but at that age pump it and put it in a sippy cup.......letting a 3 yr old suck off the teet is just plain SICK!!!!!!!

804 days ago
282.

kalebnellie    

. i feel any older than a year old is too old to breastfeed. be realistic,, once they are old enough to verbally ask for it, they are way too old.

804 days ago
283.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Whatever. Breast feed your kid until it goes to college, but just don't slap me in the face with the images! I despise shock journalism/media!

804 days ago
284.

Miara    

Gag'O'Ramaaaaaa!!!!!! That is truly disgusting & disturbing!!! And yes, I am a mother - breastfeeding does not guarantee a more healthier child - at least you know the amount and nutrients your baby is getting when you don't breastfeed. I am SICK for the day, GROSS>

804 days ago
285.

BB not bb    

Some people suck their thumbs even into adulthood but what they want and what they should have are two different things. I don't think milk is even good for you after a certain age. This kid looks very husky. There is probably too much sugar in milk for someone his age.


There is a need for emotional and psychological closeness, but using a breast instead of teadching and guiding is wrong. You have to teach the kid to be independent.


Most women who want to breastfeed in public are not looking to do something like this. I have seen stragers doing it and it looks just fine, with their little babies in their arms, not big boys standing up at their chest level.


The act there isn't quite right but the photographic spin and the place it is shown make it very suggestive and distasteful. People also do weird things like pick their nose but I don't want to see that either.

803 days ago
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