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Saturday, May 12, 2012

TIME Magazine asks: "Are you mom enough?"

Yesterday morning, an Austin radio station discussed this month's Time Magazine cover of a three-year-old suckling from his mom's breast with the headline question "Are you mom enough?" 

Attachment parenting, as coined by Dr. Bill Sears, which the article is about, argues the importance of setting that emotional bond between the mother and child to help in the socio-emotional development in life.

Dr. Bill followers practice breastfeeding beyond 1 year of age. But how long is too long? And even if the mother doesn't practice extended breastfeeding, does that make her less of a mom as the Time Magazine cover suggests? Personally, I don't believe so.

The radio station recieved several calls regarding this cover. A pediatrician called in and shared his concerns regarding Dr. Bill's theory, and argued that there are no nutritional benefits on extended breastfeeding for the child.

Jamie Lynn Grumet, the very attractive cover model mom appeared on Friday's NBC Today to defend her breastfeeding cover. You can watch the interview HERE.

Source: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/05/10/parenting/#1; http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2114427,00.html?pcd=pw-lb; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_parenting; http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/jamie-lynne-grumet-defends-her-time-magazine-breastfeeding-180300346.html

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