Mommy, I Can Pour My Own Milk
The breast is best. I say Boobs should not be out for all to see. I would like to amend my statement and further add if your child can pour themselves a glass of milk, they should not be on your breast.
The cover of Time Magazine is an embarrassment to that poor child. He is three and for the rest of his life he will be known as "the boy who was sucking his Mother's breast on the cover of Time." This mother's need for fame far surpasses her need to nurture and protect her child. I would never place my child up for such scrutiny for my own benefit. This is her way of saying, "see me and what I am doing is okay and I want your validation." This was not about the benefits of breast feeding. This was clearly about the mom and her need to further her misguided ideas on what a good parent does.
The mother is a product of breast feeding up until the age of 6. I can't even imagine the implications of breast feeding a child until they are 6. We are living in a developed society where there are social norms and food sources that are readily available. This need to have a child depend on you solo, should require treatment not press. As a parent it is our duty to create children that are independent, not dependent.
When I taught school, the difference between children whose parents practiced attachment parenting and those that did not were evident. The children were not the problem, the parents were. Yes, being overly involved in your child's life can have an adverse effect. I had to pry a parent off of their child and explain kindergarten is for the kids and they would need to leave. They wanted to come back and rest with them at nap time. If you want to remain bonded with your child, there are other ways to do it. That is the reason why they make a nap mat big enough for a single child, not for a family.
I would also like to defer to the milestones of a typical three- year- old. They feed themselves completely, using a fork and spoon and can butter bread with a knife. Breast feeding for an extended period is clearly a cry for help. The need to be needed should be found by everyone, however, there is a right and wrong way to do so. I hope this mom made enough off the cover of Time Magazine to seek therapy for herself and her child. They both need it.