By now you probably know my views on the subject of extended breastfeeding ("Breast is Best, Unless your kid is over 6 months, then you're a f#$%ing deviant weirdo") but this cover is so much more than that. Conservatives are appalled for obvious reasons, Moms who didn't breastfeed or didn't extended breastfeed are pissed because of the obnoxious caption, and those practicing attachment parenting/extended breastfeeding aren't happy because it depicts them as fucking deviant weirdos. Time managed to piss off pretty much every sector of the population. Which means their sales are likely to skyrocket! Well played, well played.
This cover is Inflammatory. Absolutely Inflammatory. "Are you Mom enough" is probably the most divisive phrase imaginable. And that is exactly what it was supposed to do! However, what will be left in this covers wake, is just more mama drama!
There are so many hot-button issues that divide us as moms:
- Formula vs. Breastfeeding
- Length of time spent Breastfeeding
- Co-sleeping vs Crib-training
- Vaccinating vs. Non-vaccinating
- The list goes on and on
Parenting is hard. Really hard. There is no single go-to manual with all the answers. We are all just kind of stumbling through, trying to figure out what is best for our kids. Why make this process more difficult by judging other people and how they choose to parent? We should be supporting one another, not tearing each other down. I'm so tired of the mom-on-mom violence that goes on because of differing parenting styles.
If that chick and her son want to keep breastfeeding until he has his own kids, that is their business. Who cares?! As long as it is not harmful, people should do what works for their families.
However, to suggest that other moms are "less than" for choosing to do otherwise, is at the very least in poor taste. I've said it before, I'll say it again, MIND YOUR OWN BOOBS.