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'Time' Breastfeeding Mom Isn't Breastfeeding Anymore (But Wait Til You Hear What She IS Doing)

by Jacqueline Burt on December 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Jamie Lynn Grumet & Family
Hey, 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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  • Gretta
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    December 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM
    Ugh. Breastfeeding is healthy and normal for babies and young kids. I sincerely wish this wasn't such a big deal anymore. I wish this lady got attention for her good works and we were all aghast and wringing our hands over kids who are fed sugar and junk food at age three.
  • Mommy...


    December 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Good for her! That is amazing :) I would love to adopt internationally, we are just getting into our areas foster to adopt program though, so we shall see where that takes us in a few years. 

  • Mason...


    December 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM
    Good for her!
  • Pinkmani


    December 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Nice that she has own foundation...

    I wonder what's I wonder what the effects are on kids who have parents that practice attachment parenting.

  • tuffy...


    December 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM
    Pinkmani, the effects of AP on my kids are wonderful!
  • mamaw...


    December 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM
    I love this. This really lives up to the saying "don't judge a book by its cover". People were too busy being hyped up about her breastfeeding, which was awesome, that they didn't care to know anything else about her! I wish her and her charity the best
  • Pinkmani


    December 28, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Tuffymama, I see benefits for the child when they are younger but I wonder about adulthood. I haven't seen any stories or articles talking about it.

  • bills...


    December 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM
    Her husband is hot.
  • paren...


    December 28, 2012 at 8:42 PM
    Well pinkmani as far as adulthood your risk for cancer is reduced as well as your risk for obesity I suppose. If you start healthy it has its benefits long lasting unless you eat Big Macs all day every day as an adult.

    There's a mom on here who gives her husband and kids some breast milk when they have a cold and swears that it helps it go away faster but I havnt tried that
  • Cel7777


    December 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM


    Attachment Parenting, in a nutshell, simply entails being responsive to your children, treating them with respect and empathy. Things like extended breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing, etc., fall in line with the principles, but aren't necessarily essential to AP. Children who form secure attachments to their caregiver/s have been shown to be more independent and less depressed as adults.


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