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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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Plato    

Bunch of retards on this board

894 days ago
302.

Bosi    

I've seen their interview this morning on NBC and that kid is porky, ready to eat steaks, lol...one reason to stop...regardless, question is why does it make news at all?!

894 days ago
303.

luvma    

what's up w/ all the negative responses. get over it people. it is perfectly normal for a toddler to breastfeed. if you are culturally aware and travel around the world you will realize that! we are mammals people. that kid is only 3! and if someone feels it is best for her child, who am i to judge. cancer patients drink pumped breastmilk and have positive results. breastmilk is awesome. and breastfeeding is such a sweet loving thing for a mother to give her child.

894 days ago
304.

crystal garza    

Disgusting

894 days ago
305.

nikkiolio    

Thanks, I think I'LL GO BE SICK NOW!!!!!!

894 days ago
306.

BB not bb    

If breast feeding six year olds is so common around the world, how come I have never heard of it before. I kind of feel like if a kid is old enough to walk, he is old enough to eat. He is coordinated enough to put something in his mouth, chew it and swallow it without choking. Isn't that the idea, to let the kid grow up, not to maintain some kind of extended closeness that is developmentally backwards?

What country is it normal to breastfeed kids this big? I have heard that if you breastfeed, it is very hard to get pregnant because it contracts your uterus into spasms. I don't know if this is true. It seems like if it was, there wouldn't be many kids close in age around the world if mothers breastfed one for years and years.

894 days ago
307.

Tamara    

Sorry future girlfriend,but you weren't my first. As a Mom of 5 BOYS this is a huge NO. 3,4,5,yr olds playing w/ipads and breast feeding. "Whoops mommy,took a pic and posted." TRAUMATIZING". There's a HUGE difference between "Infant" & "Toddler"! Come on women,lets stop the spoiled child!! CHILD!! <~Key word there

894 days ago
308.

Shakea    

That is so ****in nasty

894 days ago
309.

Anthony    

This kid looks a hell of a lot older that three years. Heh heh heh.

894 days ago
310.

Shannon    

reminds me of Game of Thrones. .an episode where the boy was boobie feeding... he was older than the cover and yet that scene wasn't talked about.. this cover is awful. I feel bad for the kid and I am a mom who boobie fed my son until he stopped at 15 months. it was fun to do but boy was I glad he stopped!

894 days ago
311.

Coolchick    

That kid looks like a fifth grader about age 10! How many three years olds are that tall? These public breastfeeding moms are desperate for attention and really need to get a life. But then they wouldn't be needed, huh.

894 days ago
312.

Anthony    

That kid looks a hell of a lot older than three or four. heh heh heh.

894 days ago
313.

Plato    

g

894 days ago
314.

NoBozo    

Why do American women think that everyone needs to see their saggy boobs and spawn sucking the bag? Go home, cover up, stay indoors until you learn your boobs are not a political ideology. Shame on this woman to exploiting her kid for her exhibitionist purposes.

894 days ago
315.

JP    

That kid is going to be messed up when he gets older. Sad.

894 days ago
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