For the record, I don't think formula feeding is revolting or anything like that, just tried to make a point
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11-05-2012 15:19 #71
11-05-2012 15:20 #72
11-05-2012 15:29 #73
I think people are only outraged because extended breastfeeding is considered "not the norm"
11-05-2012 15:34 #74
Extended breastfeeding isn't for me, but I think it's sad that Time have chosen to portray it in such an antagonistic way, rather than how I bet is usually is (boy standing on chair rather than cuddles on mummy's knee) purely as a shock tactic. And I don't like the tag line on the picture, why try and make other mums feel guilty for not being 'mum enough'?
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11-05-2012 15:45 #75
All publicity is good publicity. This cover has done more to raise awareness of breastfeeding as the normal way of feeding toddlers than anything else I can remember. I love it. I love it for every girl who sees it and absorbs it and now has it in her memory as a potential choice she can make when she is a mother.
11-05-2012 16:05 #76
I didn't like the photo. Its staged. Its deliberately provocative. And they have chosen the photo to support the article which seems to be suggesting attachment parenting is 'going too far' 'for the mums not the kids' etc etc. So, of course, they have chosen a photo that is going to be confronting and portray extended breastfeeding in an unflattering light (make the mother look smug and superior, making the child stand on a chair...). Its blatantly manipulative and I don't like it. Not surprising for Time magazine of course.
And that line "are you mom enough?" Ugh. Awful.
They aren't even hiding the fact that they are stirring the pot and trying to pit mum against mum. Its like standing on the side lines yelling, "Fight, fight, fight."
What we need is natural images of breastfeeding (across the range of ages) in the media. This kind of photo is never going to help normalise breastfeeding of older children (and nor was it designed to).
BUT the part of the article that most stood out to me was that she took her 4 year old boy to the Playboy mansion!! The photo, the disclosure that she's taken her boy to the Playboy mansion.... this article screams 'isn't she a MIL.F? And aren't attachment parents crazy?" Shock tactic journalism. I don't think it helps encourage breastfeeding, or attachment parenting at all.
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11-05-2012 16:32 #77
11-05-2012 16:54 #78Senior Member
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But, as I was trying to say earlier (and struggling to put it well), I get it. We BF for such a short period of our lives, and for most of the rest of our lives many of us DO see our b00bs as s*xual. I certainly did pre-DD, and I do now.
And you couple that with the fact that statistically very few people BF past a year (or past 6mths, from recent figures), and even fewer past 2 or 3yrs, and it makes sense that people are surprised to see it and a bit squeamish about it.
I guess it's a bit like saying that going to the loo is natural, but we'd probably still find a graphic image of someone going to the loo a bit confronting. Now if we imagine that only 50% of people go to the loo, and usually only for a few months (year or 2 at most) of their whole lives, and often you never see anyone do it, and then it does become more of a shock value thing to do. And then add on to it that going to the loo is 'usually' a s*xual thing to do (erm stretching my analogy a bit now), EXCEPT for in those few weeks/ months of your life that are special.
(I am not trying to compare BFing with going to the loo. Well, not in any direct way! Just trying to draw an analogy with a natural bodily function that we only do for a miniscule % of our lives).
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11-05-2012 16:56 #79
I don't have children yet so when push comes to shove I really don't know how I would react however, my current view is if they are walking and talking then to get it straight from the supply is strange as that means they are no longer babies. In saying that I am happy to express and provide via a bottle though.
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11-05-2012 17:00 #80Senior Member
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I showed two of my friends the photo today they each have a 4 year olds and babies..both thought it was yuck..the photo ..the age of the kid....reactions from people when you show them tend to be ..yuck...
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