'TIME's Breastfeeding Mom Milks Her Fame With Another Controversial Cover (PHOTO)

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Jamie Lynne Grumet Breastfeeding momRemember the mom who took the mommy wars to the cover of TIME Magazine back in May with that photo of her toddler son breastfeeding while standing on a chair? Jamie Lynne Grumet is baaaaack! This time we get to see her breastfeeding her 4-year-old on the cover of an actual parenting magazine (but at least she let him lie down and get comfy). As if we really needed another shot of her breastfeeding?

Paired with another tagline clearly intended to rile women up: "Mom Enough to Speak Out for Attachment Parenting" (it's a take-off of TIME's incendiary "Are You Mom Enough" coverline), the photo on the cover of Pathways to Family Wellness is actually rather sweet. Mom Grumet lays with her husband wrapped around her, their youngest son at her breast, their oldest son peeking in from behind dad. If only this were the only shot of her we'd ever seen.

With magazine cover two, Jamie Lynne Grumet has gone from "breastfeeding advocate" to "woman who wants to make sure everyone gets a look-see at her breastfeeding." She's crossed a line that makes it hard for moms who support breastfeeding as a whole to defend her.

Because Jamie Lynne isn't "just" breastfeeding. She isn't "just" breastfeeding in public either. She's making the act of breastfeeding into a spectacle, splashing it on magazine covers, trying to make some sort of point about how fabulous she is.

But that's more or less the opposite of what moms who breastfeed in public are looking for, isn't it?

From what I can tell, breastfeeding moms are looking for acceptance. They're looking to fit in. They're looking, if you really think about it, to be ignored.

Moms simply want the ability to sit in a restaurant or a park or a courthouse or a library and feed their child without anyone saying anything, without anyone giving them dirty looks. The idea is for breastfeeding to be a non-issue, just a part of the daily grind. After all, it's a kid getting something to eat, right? What's so strange about that?

I sat with a breastfeeding mom on Friday night in a public space -- our local ice cream stand. I ate my ice cream. Her son ate his breast milk. And we carried on a conversation as if nothing unusual was going on. Because, well, it wasn't. Her son was hungry. He ate. I didn't stare at her chest because who has a conversation with someone while staring at their chest?!

That's what breastfeeding in public is all about: being able to function in society and being able to function as a mom, all at the same time. It's not about getting people to pay attention to the fact that you're breastfeeding. But that's just what Jamie Lynne Grumet seems to be all about.

Where do you draw the line between fighting for the right to breastfeed in public and actually making a spectacle of the fact that you're breastfeeding? Has Jamie Lynne Grumet crossed your line?

 

Image via Pathways to Family Wellness

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nonmember avatar Terri

this is totally a spectacle and wanting to be noticed. It's actually exploiting her child/ren, have they asked them how they feel taking that picture? In years to come what will they think, will they be embarrassed? I think at 4 years old this child should have been weaned already. I think breastfeeding should be something special and private between a mother and child, they do not need to be put out there for people to gawk and make remarks. As I would say if you can't take the remarks, then don't put yourself out there. What is next, giving birth in public places for all to see? Just saying, mothers should think about putting their children out there just because they are trying to make a point.

nonmember avatar Ann

Borderline porn?

Ginny Moore

I think this young  lady is a excellent mother she has no shame if she should have any at all, if i were her age and was still breastfeeding my children would have breastfed till maybe 5 depends, I am elderly and breastfed everyone of mine, long enough to make them very health and strong, my last one I breast fed till he was 18 months wanted to do more but he was getting to active and i had to work plus other children need me too. I am so proud she can do this every time some ones got a crab on it makes young mothers shy away but young mom's think its very healthy for your baby also very nice for mother in several ways, and husband are proud to see you care this much for there child. Hang in the ladies and keep up the wonderful care, this ol' grandmother wish she could have, if you don't want to see it, then turn your head or get lost, folks. God Bless you all.bowing down

Brittanie Grzymko

I for breastfeeding , but some women take it to far,  i think you should be able to feed ur baby were ever you are, just throw a little blanket over you, is it that hard to just throw something over u so everyone in the world doesn't have to see ur boob?


 

smoki... smokisses

WOW, we can tell you are against Jaime and brestfeeding, judgemental much?  To be professional, you can not be one sided or biased. I do not appreciate your article.

Lyndi Chamberlain

SOOO I JUST READ THIS...IM A BREAST FEEDING MOM..SHIT I DONT GIVE TO FUCKS ABOUT WHAT PPL THINK OR SAY ABOUT ME..IF MY SON HUNGRY HE GOIN EAT WHERE EVER IM AT...AND WHAT IF BOTTLES WHERE NEVER INVENTED..WOMEN WOULD HAVE TO BREAST FEED THERE CHILDREN..I SWEAR PEOPLE NEED TO GET OVER WOMEN BREASTFEEDING N PUBLIC PLACES..SMH..AND THEN WITH THIS PPL COMPLAINING ABOUT MOMS FEEDING THERE KIDS TIL AGE 12 OR WHATEVER THATS THERE BUSINESS NOT ANYONE ELSE..JUST SAYIN THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

Felicia Albritton Allen

She's not trying to be anything. Good grief. That's just the point and this close-minded view STILL doesn't get it. It's easy to IGNORE and then nothing CHANGES. Breastfeeding has been a taboo for far too long now and people need to get over it and themselves. Don't write garbage like this judging her. You're not in her head nor do you know what she is doing so keep the junk of the net already.

nonmember avatar kathleen

kI am pro breastfeeding, having 2 children that were strictly breast for 6 months. When my children began to crawl they went to pumped milk. I continued until solids were a staple in their diet. I have no issue with breastfeeding in public, my issue is this kid is 4! If you find it necessary to still breastfeed then atleast pump.... Kinda weird. Just saying...

Merissa Peck

Yes breastfeeding a 4 year old is a little much but who cares if she does! It's okay for woman to have their boobs bustin out anywhere else in America but when a mother goes to breastfeed her child it's a big problem! People need help!!! It's natural! God made womans breast to nurish and feed her young. Not for the pleasure of ones eye! Lord help us!!

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