Controversial Time Cover Mom is Back Breastfeeding on Yet Another Magazine Cover

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Back in May, it was probably safe to say that 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet, the woman who famously posed defiantly on the cover of TIME with her boob in her giant toddler's mouth, was already pretty much the LeBron James of breastfeeding on magazine covers. But now that she and her even gianter kid have have teamed up to create an encore, let's declare this game over. She can go ahead and run a victory lap. You win, Jamie Lynne Grumet. World's breastfeedingest.

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The nonprofit quarterly magazine Pathways to Family Wellness definitely isn't TIME and it likely won't generate the nutty reaction the first cover did. This time around, Grumet's son isn't standing on a chair in order to better reach her breast, and he's not looking directly into the camera in a way that begged to be meme'd; he's being cradled by his smiling mother, who is sitting in a chair surrounded by her family. And the cover doesn't demand the reader ask herself if she's "mom enough;" instead it plays off the TIME headline — "Jamie Lynne Grumet: Mom Enough to Speak Out for Attachment Parenting." See? Totally different.

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Falcongirl77
Falcongirl77

I used to think that I would nurse for one year and then wean, but I've got a kid who really likes the boob. I'm kind of getting the feeling that we might be going longer than a year since she seems to need the comfort of it so much. And that's fine. That's what's right for us. If this woman and her son need or want this, then fine—that's what's right for them. Basically, this gets a big 'ole shrug from me.

Also, I used to think that only women who formula fed got bullied for the way they fed their kid (and they certainly do), but I'm hearing from a lot of women in certain parts of the country that they get the serious stink eye for breast feeding at all, not just for breast feeding in public. One woman was asked if she was breast feeding because she couldn't afford formula. Another said that she is asked almost every week by her son's daycare when she is going to switch to formula (in a tone that suggests there's something wrong with her for continuing to 5 months). So, yeah, breast feeding does still require standing up for, at least in parts of the country.