By now everyone’s seen the cover of the latest Time Magazine: A willowy, defiant woman glares at the camera while her 3-year-old child stands on a chair and breastfeeds.
The picture’s caused a lot of controversy lately, and Time Magazine has taken some hits in the press for sexualizing breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding rates in the US are nowhere near where they should be; making it look deviant hardly helps the cause,” wrote pediatrician Claire McCarthy in the Boston Globe.
But the magazine has also taken criticism for the photo’s caption: “Are you mom enough?”
The cover story in Time is about “attachment parenting,” a concept espoused by pediatrician Bill Sears that attempts to strengthen the bond between parent and child. The big pillars of Sears’ parenting tehnique are breast-feeding well into toddlerhood, constant carrying and “co-sleeping” — i.e., letting the child sleep in the same