Jamie Lynn Grumet & FamilyHey, guess what? Remember when Jamie Lynn Grumet posed for that now-infamous TIME Magazine cover breastfeeding her 3-year-old son and everybody was like, OH MY GOD, that kid is practically an adult, will she be breastfeeding him at his high school graduation?! Well, Grumet's son isn't breastfeeding anymore. Less than a year later. Because he pretty much grew out of it, as most kids do: "He's done," Grumet said recently. Simple. No big deal. Kind of like breastfeeding a 3-year-old is no big deal.
But here's what I find really interesting: The 26-year-old mom actually does something else in her life that IS a big deal, and when she tried to talk about it, nobody really noticed or cared because they were too busy gawking at her partially naked breast on a magazine cover and stressing out over whether gawking at her partially naked breast made them some kind of perv. Which is really a shame. I'm sure you'll agree when you find out what Grumet is all about ...
Grumet runs a charity called The Faye Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to helping curb the orphan crisis in Ethiopia. Her older son, Samuel, was adopted from Ethiopia in 2010 (Aram, featured on TIME's cover, was born in 2008), so Grumet is deeply familiar with the situation and as a result, The Faye Foundation is actually doing things that make a difference: Supporting prenatal care clinics and clean water projects, as well as offering micro-loans to widows who need to support their families.
In Ethiopia, says Grumet, "it's normal to breastfeed for years and years and years." She never intended to become a breastfeeding advocate, she's just a mom who practices attachment parenting who's doing some pretty great stuff to help other moms.
Did you know about the TIME breastfeeding mom's charity?
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