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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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286.

Cheef    

Milk is 'spensive

834 days ago
287.

Leigh    

Am I the only one that thinks switching a human breast fed baby at one yearor even two, to cow milk, intended for cows....not humans....to be the oddity here? The issues surrounding breast feeding should be left solely to the individual family.

834 days ago
288.

Abe Lincoln    

No wonder why the world is supposed to end this year.

834 days ago
289.

M. Overkamp    

there is a time and a place even though I never breast fed BUT THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE IS NOT THE TIME NOR THE PLACE!

834 days ago
290.

vicki    

This is just disgusting. I am a mother and I absolutely hate seeing a woman breastfeeding an infant. Sorry, but it repulses me. It makes me think of animals feeding their young. This picture is sickening.

834 days ago
291.

olsonlisa47    

If him having the breast milk is so important then why not just pump and give it to him in a cup!! I agree that poor little boy is going to be teased!

834 days ago
292.

Pat    

S I C K -- S I C K -- S I C K !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

834 days ago
293.

babygirlsnonnie    

There's a time & place for everything, Breastfeeding @ 3yrs old IS WAAAAY PAST TIME TO STOP & putting it on the cover of a magazine IS NOT NOT NOT THE PLACE!!! there is nothing sweet or cute about this picture!!

834 days ago
294.

I Was About To Say    

Not to worry folks, someone will come forward and say the kid is like 5 or 6 AND that she is not lactating.

834 days ago
295.

I Was About To Say    

Just a matter of time before she's exposed (no pun intended, lol)

834 days ago
296.

Reigna    

Whats' The National Health Organization's statistics of when children stop breastfeeding.....its from 4-7 years of age from a world standpoint.

Those statistics are due to cultural and financial cir***stances of people around the world.

Yes the cover is suppose to incite shock and uncomfortably but what would you do if your child was starving and you lived in poverty.

However, its unfortunate TIME magazine has exploded it in this way.

834 days ago
297.

Reigna    

Whats' The National Health Organization's statistics of when children stop breastfeeding.....its from 4-7 years of age from a world standpoint.

Those statistics are due to cultural and financial cir***stances of people around the world.

Yes the cover is suppose to incite shock and uncomfortably but what would you do if your child was starving and you lived in poverty.

However, its unfortunate TIME magazine has exploded it in this way.

834 days ago
298.

I Was About To Say    

Kid looking at photog and says "Ow ong duh u ahnt ee to kee this ose?"

834 days ago
299.

Marie    

Why are Americans so anal about breastfeeding? When a mother breastfeeds her child it's not like they are having sex.

834 days ago
300.

DaveT    

There's nothing natural about breastfeeding children up to age 10.
What we have these days is a bunch of sexually perverted incestuous women who have found a loophole to get away with sexually molesting their little boys and girls.
If you're a woman and you're having a 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 year old boy sucking on your body, you're getting a rise out of it and you're disgusting.

834 days ago
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