The Time breastfeeding cover mom has defended her choice to practice extended breastfeeding. Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, is the mom featured on the controversial cover with her three-year-old son named Aram attached to her breast.
As for her attachment parenting choices, Grumet said, "I don't feel like it takes away from my personal life. My relationship with my husband is very, very important to me. It gives my children a strong bond too."
Many people worry that having the child so attached to the mother will interfere with other aspects of her life, but it hasn't in the Time breastfeeding cover mother's case. She said, "It is a big commitment and it is not right for everyone. You need to do what is best for your baby and for your own family." Ultimately, she hopes that Aram is finished breastfeeding sometime during his fourth year. Obviously this will be a decision that both mother and child arrive at together, so there is no hard date set for the pair to end their breastfeeding relationship.
Dr. Bill Spears outlined this parenting practice in his book called The Baby Book. He believes that the style of parenting produces happy and healthy children who are not bullies. What do you think? It is nice to see that the Time breastfeeding cover mom does not believe that her choices should be everybody's choices. This type of extended breastfeeding is obviously an incredibly personal decision.