Milking It: TIME Magazine Takes on Attachment Parenting
Have you seen "that preschooler breastfeeding picture" yet? The one with the comely young mom and her three-year-old son, suckling at her breast. While they're both standing up. Well, the blogosphere (and the whole Internet in general) seems to be exploding with reactions to the just-released image from TIME magazine.
And what kind of mom-blogger would I be if I also didn't weigh in with my shock and awe, nitpicking and finger-wagging, and snap judgements?
I'll keep it brief. Here are my first 10 thoughts, in the order that they came racing through my head:
1. That kid looks about 6 years old.
2. What? He's only 3? He's about a hot-minute away from being 4 then.
3. Wow, that mom looks really young, perky and refreshed, considering she's still providing nourishment for the aforementioned preschooler.
4. Here we go again, another magazine going for the shock value to gather eyeballs and singling out motherhood as the topic that's most likely to raise some hackles. Last year it was New York Magazine, which featured a digitally-altered image of an old woman with a sizable baby bump, to accompany an article about older moms and the limits of science and baby making. But whaddya know: the magazine just picked up cover of the year at the ASME awards just last week!
5. Hey, good for TIME! While the image and it's story makes up just a small portion of the article's content, they certainly created a powerful, lightning-rod image and a lot of buzz with this one.
6. Seriously, is that how she nurses this kid? With a step stool? I'm trying to wrap my head around the physical logistics of it all. And, where is the older brother (who I think is about 5) while the younger one is breastfeeding? Is that at all awkward?
7. There is a shrink on the West Side of Manhattan right now who will be very, very busy (and wealthy) in about 10 years. And if not, then in 10 years this kid is going to be the most popular kid in school. (Let's be honest—that's a hot mom.)
8. I'm kidding of course—with the judge-y comment about the shrink and the MILF thing. I may not be into attachment parenting myself—for one thing, it's far too selfless and all-encompassing and I still cherish whatever shred of my old, selfish life I can maintain—I am also not quite prepared to outright excoriate this lovely-looking woman and her choices. I won't preach to her, and she better not preach to me.
9. Does the child's expression look bewildered? Peaceful? Confident? Or more like: "Dude, can't you see I'm trying to eat here? Stop with the cameras..."
10. [And finally] Ooh, I like her shoes!
*photo TIME Inc.