What about the boy?

Time magazine made news this week with their controversial cover. The cover features Jamie Lynn Grumet breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. The photo concerned the Time’s article about “attachment parenting,” a theory of parenting that “focuses on the nurturing connection that parents can develop with their children. That nurturing connection is viewed as the ideal way to raise secure, independent, and empathetic children. Proponents of this parenting philosophy include the well-known pediatrician William Sears, MD. They make the case that a secure, trusting attachment to parents during childhood form the basis for secure relationships and independence as adults.”

This is all well and good for the first few months of a child’s life. Yet many of those who practice “attachment parenting” refuse to stop it. Instead, they make excuses like this:

“In some ways, the photo was sensational because the child breast-feeding was so much older than the cultural norm,” said [Miranda] Hallquist, a La Leche League of Pittsburgh East leader. “In a way, I think it was good to get it into the cultural debate but people could miss the point if they wonder whether they should or should not see it or are confused by ‘Are You Mom Enough?’ “

This is not healthy cultural debate. This is issue with parents not respecting children’s boundaries.  Continue reading