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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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106.

anbeithioche    

lucky kid

714 days ago
107.

Rebekah    

Historically, children breast fed at this late age due to lack of appropriate nurshment based on economic need. This is unecessary in a First World Nation with an obvious middle class mother. It is blaringly obvious that the mother is in need to the attachment, not the childs need of nurishment.

714 days ago
108.

Me    

Why not use the breast pump if you want your child to drink milk for the nutrients?

714 days ago
109.

Eek    

I don't care if your kid drinks breast milk, but why does a walking talking child need to get it directly from your breasts with its mouth? Years from now people will see how pedophiliac it all is.

714 days ago
110.

G.G. Truth    

this is wrong in MANY ways. its understandable for babies under 2 to breastfeed, because they are not capable to eat on there own, but when you have a 3 or 4+ year old doing it. that's NOT right. that kid is gonna grow up to be the biggest pervert in town. not only is is gross but...HELLO!? Breastfeeding HURTS!!!! people do what they do..but don't flaunt that on a magazine cover sold everywhere for everyone to see. that's like putting 2 gay guys on the cover Butt plugging each other.. We all know that stuff happens but don't throw it in our face.

714 days ago
111.

Momma    

I am all for nursing. In public. Where everyone can see. I don't care. But this cover...right here...This is awkward. I feel very uncomfortable looking at it. That kid looks like he should be in school, not at a photo shoot latched on to momma's breast like some malnourished piranha...all gawking at the camera... "Look, everyone, No Hands!"

This is seriously a case "Are you too much Mom?" not "Are you mom enough?"

714 days ago
112.

txmr63    

This is just wrong! This is no doubt, kiddie porn! That kid is more than old enough to drink out of his his own "CUP"! Bad move!

714 days ago
113.

Starrgirl    

My Mom breast fed my brother til he was 2.5 and he had many many issues with his teeth. He had to get caps on his front teeth cause they were rotting. Same thing happened to a cousin.

714 days ago
114.

Mary jane    

And they had to use a little boy and not a little girl, right? Just plain wrong! This cover is not promoting breastfeeding. It just want controversy. It is just plain wrong. This is Child pornography!

714 days ago
115.

Diane    

that poor child
when he grows up
he'll be so teased
selfish mother

714 days ago
116.

Mono    

Hey Mom , your son invited me to dinner...

714 days ago
117.

Susan    

We have sick people working at this mag. I too do not think this is her child & she probably never had a child.

714 days ago
118.

zima    

disgusting!

714 days ago
119.

Chicklet    

That is indeed child porn. This is not helping the plight of the breastfeeding mother at all. That woman is sick. No child that age needs to be breastfed. I think I might need to vomit. Where the hell is child welfare?

714 days ago
120.

dd    

Giver her a good old fashioned CHOMP I'll bet she'll stop then!

714 days ago
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