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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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76.

Jay W.     

Though many not find the humor... kids not doing to bad for a three year old.

807 days ago
77.

john johnson    

that should of been me. but while i'm doing that, i'll just need her to put one of her hand down my pants.

807 days ago
78.

KIM    

THIS IS SO SICK! ONCE YOUR CHILD TURNS 2 IT'S NO LONGER FEEDING IT JUST MOLESTATION.

807 days ago
79.

wow    

Too provocative. It's just wrong. Breastfeeding is for babies and this child is too big. They want this for shock value only.

807 days ago
80.

Gretel    

Don't get me wrong. I believe in breastfeeding BABIES. You wish a kid that age stood with his hands at his side. Older kids who nurse do so for comfort only. God only knows why the mother does it, but the kid will demand the breast, grab the breast, expose the breast, suck at the breast and fondle the other one as a warm and cozy comfort zone. This is not pretty in public and even though you LaLeche freaks say it is natural it is disgusting to see a child sucking and playing with breasts.

807 days ago
81.

happypat35    

come on, its not like the kid is 12......Joke LOL.

807 days ago
82.

ditto4ever    

Haha, really folks, this is obviously a staged photo using models. Breasts do NOT look like that after nursing for 3 years! However, I bet the kid IS enjoying it!

807 days ago
83.

samantha     

This is disgusting, If you want your child to have breast milk, use a breast pump and put it in a cup...The sucking can't be good for the teeth of the child, you're supposed to take soothers away once teeth start coming in

807 days ago
84.

radicalred    

Just a passing thought here, but I don't know any breastfeeding mothers who schlep around in spaghetti-strap tank tops with no bra. The breasts leak unexpectedly when lactating, and every breastfeeding mother I've ever known has had to wear a bra and a nursing pad. I think this is a stupid picture that was taken just to elicit a response.

807 days ago
85.

valentina    

I know breastfeeding is wonderful but this is disgusting. That is something that is private and every woman that breast feeds has the right to breastfeed in public AS LONG AS THEY COVER THEMSELVES DURING FEEDING. No one wants to see that and yes it does make for an uncomfortable environment. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR TIT BEFORE SUCKLED ON BY YOUR CHILD!!!! NO ONE!!!!!!

807 days ago
86.

Kathy    

There is absolutely no nutritional benefit after one year of age for the baby, so this obviously about making some sort of statement on the mothers part, this kid is gonna hate you at 16. I'm a woman and I breastfed my kids for 10 months.

807 days ago
87.

Faye    

Problem is, the kid doesn't look 3. He looks about 6. The picture creeped me out and I breast fed my kids.

807 days ago
88.

StarryStarryNight    

did the little kid have any choice about being in the picture?

807 days ago
89.

LadyN    

What 3 or 4 year old kid is still on bottled formula? None that I know of. Isn't that the same as breast feeding? By 1 - 1/1/2 they should be weaned and on to food and drinking from a cup. Does this mother go to preschool to "feed" her 4 year old? I am a woman and a mother and I find this cover to be disgusting.

807 days ago
90.

Jason    

She looks like Ivanka Trump.

807 days ago
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