This is the latest TIME magazine cover which hit American news stands yesterday.

All Aram really wants is a chupa chup

It’s a picture of 26 year old mum, Jamie Lynne Grumet of Los Angeles, breastfeeding her three year old son, Aram.

Grumet believes breastfeeding a child this old is “biologically normal” and has posted several pictures of herself breastfeeding Aram on her blog. 

It’s caused a storm in America and you can read all about that here.

And check out this news.com.au story - some experts say breastfeeding up to seven years is ‘natural’.

There’s plenty to say on this issue. One Puncher’s first reaction was concern for the child when he grows up and how much he’ll be teased at school.

What’s your gut reaction? Eeww, or whatever?

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    • Dstar says:

      11:48am | 11/05/12

      Gut reaction? She’s hot and I’m really jealous of that kid.

    • ByStealth says:

      11:58am | 11/05/12

      +1

      That is all

    • Anthony says:

      12:27pm | 11/05/12

      Yep not particularly upset, would much rather see this picture than Murdoch holding a womans hand who is decades younger.

    • n_dude says:

      12:36pm | 11/05/12

      Can I have a try?

    • Matchofbris says:

      12:57pm | 11/05/12

      You like warm milk too? But seriously, that’s so weird it’s not funny. I never understood the drive behind making mothers - pregnant, breast feeding, whatever - erotic. Seriously. It’s like, weird fetish territory. Freudian nom nom.

    • fml says:

      01:22pm | 11/05/12

      Matchofbris,

      Freudian tit?, oops, sorry slip.

    • Paul says:

      01:44pm | 11/05/12

      There’s a period of 10 years between 6 and 16 where breast feeding is frowned upon.  Why do you think young teen males hate the world?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:46pm | 11/05/12

      Freudian non-norm mom nom? (new entry in DSM IV)

    • n_dude says:

      02:04pm | 11/05/12

      Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Now for my appointment with Sigmund…

    • Brad says:

      03:01pm | 11/05/12

      Just a little snack!

    • Brad says:

      04:27pm | 11/05/12

      Julia Gillard you have a lot to answer for.

      Oh sorry, wrong thread, I’m just so used to writing her name in The Punch.

    • gobsmack says:

      04:36pm | 11/05/12

      I think it’s resulted in the kid getting a little fat.

    • fml says:

      11:49am | 11/05/12

      Can any cover with boobs on it be bad?

      I do not think it is possible.

    • Tim says:

      11:56am | 11/05/12

      Then you are wrong.
      Horrible.

      And I can see that boy growing up to have some serious issues.

    • fml says:

      12:11pm | 11/05/12

      Pffft,

      Psychiatrists are a dime a dozen in the states, She is just ensuring future jobs.

      What have you got against boobs, anyways?

    • nihonin says:

      12:30pm | 11/05/12

      Then you are wrong.
      Horrible.

      And I can see that boy growing up to have some serious issues.

      I’d like to know why?

    • Tim says:

      12:35pm | 11/05/12

      FML,
      I’m a boob connoisseur and the picture is a travesty.

      It’s the equivalent of having a sculling competion with Grange.

    • Tim says:

      01:03pm | 11/05/12

      The boob that is, not the milk.
      Although I’m sure there are people out there who fetish over that too.

    • fml says:

      01:21pm | 11/05/12

      Tim,

      Still, Boobs.

    • Sad Sad Reality says:

      01:27pm | 11/05/12

      “Although I’m sure there are people out there who fetish over that too.”

      Guilty. Can’t turn down a feed and a root.

    • Craig (formally Sean) says:

      02:54pm | 11/05/12

      The only issue this child will have, is finding a better pair of breasts. That is a yummy mum.

    • Eloise says:

      03:38pm | 11/05/12

      Oh my gawd. Kids like this one, and others who are breast fed up to the age of 6 - 7, or still in nappies at school age, or sleeping in parents bed at the age of 9 -10…..they are going to have major issues when they are older. Some 23 years in paediatric anthropology & psychology , and 10 years in juvenille criminology tells me so…....

    • Amy says:

      12:18am | 12/05/12

      Eloise, I know a woman who slept in the same bed as her parents until she was 21 (a cultural thing) and she’s perfectly normal. I agree that being in nappies at school age is not normal, but breastfeeding an older child isn’t going to stuff up that kid for life. I’d think with all your qualifications, you’d know that (as well as be able to make a somewhat more objective assessment). Given that breastfeeding beyond the age of 4-6 months is uncommon in our culture (and even rarer amongst older children) I doubt you have come across many people in your line of work who have “major issues” due to being breastfed to age 6 or 7. And if there are any, their “major issues” are statistically more likely to be due to some other kind of mental health issue, or abuse or neglect as a child, not because they were breastfed. Breastfeeding an older child in and of itself isn’t likely to necessitate psychiatric care later in life or turn somebody into a criminal. If the child in the photo ends up with “issues” associated with being breastfed, it’s more likely to be because his mother made an example of him by publicising a private and intimate act of nurturing. Simple common sense is enough to tell me so.

    • acotrel says:

      04:07am | 12/05/12

      @Tim
      ’ I can see that boy growing up to have some serious issues. ‘

      But he’d be great fun at parties ?

    • Pete says:

      11:45am | 13/05/12

      Given Time is a particularly low-brow publication designed for people of limited intelligence (but with aspirations to ‘be informed’) I’m not surprised at all at this pseudo-intellectual, soft-porn ‘investigation’ into mammaries. The articles in this magazine are so formulaic, and the style so rigid (paint a background picture, quote some experts for, a couple against, then ask a question, the end), it’s laughable (in an ironic way of course).

    • Kheiron says:

      05:09pm | 13/05/12

      @Amy
      Eloise wasn’t claiming those examples were the causes. They’re results or indicators of the primary issue which would be a smothering motherly influence.
      Kids who grow up with an overly possessive or protective mother, or mothers who remove all obstacles and chances for personal development, easily develop real issues.

    • hot tub political machine says:

      11:53am | 11/05/12

      I have a family memeber who is a a paediatrican and another who is a nurse.

      This means I’m aware of the World Health Organisations recommendations on breast feeding. Which means that I utterly support breast feeding and the fact its illegal to prevent a woman from doing it in a public place.

      I also think that being against the use of a body part for its biological purpose is to put it mildly - a little silly.

      I also know enough about the dangers of recording devices to know that putting pictures of your children in public places is craptacular parenting.

    • Bro says:

      12:27pm | 11/05/12

      “I also think that being against the use of a body part for its biological purpose is to put it mildly - a little silly. “

      Interesting concept.  Does this mean I can take a piss in a public place because it is natural?

    • adolon says:

      01:12pm | 11/05/12

      You sure can Bro; that’s why we have public toilets.

      In all seriousness, hot tub political machine’s argument is more than an appeal to nature, which you’ve tried dumbing it down to.

      A more interesting response would’ve been to ask how we can accommodate the WHO recommendations on breast feeding while avoiding offending people.

      I don’t ask this myself, because I don’t give two shits about someone breastfeeding in public. I don’t see a legitimate reason for offense; breastfeeding in public doesn’t harm other individuals, or impose restrictions on their liberty. Any cringe factor or discomfort lies solely in the minds of the individual; maybe it’d help if we as a society stopped seeing the naked breast solely as a sexual object. Context people!

    • Chris L says:

      01:52pm | 11/05/12

      @Adolon - I suspect men will always find breasts to be sexually arousing, but I also think we are perfectly capable of exercising self control in the matter.

      Where I think we need an attitude change is the idea of “indecent exposure”. I see nothing indecent about the human body…. although my mental picture involves attractive people, so I may have an issue with the reality of the situation.

    • hot tub political machine says:

      02:06pm | 11/05/12

      “although my mental picture involves attractive people, so I may have an issue with the reality of the situation”

      - Briliant smile

    • Horthy says:

      02:34pm | 11/05/12

      “Does this mean I can take a piss in a public place because it is natural? “

      Cheap attempt for laughs fails. Of course you can, in present society there are amenities available publicly for this purpose. You would _biologically_ fail if you did this where you sleep, eat, or screw though, so your analogy fails.

    • Tim says:

      03:11pm | 11/05/12

      Horthy,
      that’s funny.
      I thought pissing in public places was illegal?

      Those amenities you talk about are available for use by the public, but they aren’t in the public.

    • Rose says:

      10:53pm | 11/05/12

      So, how do your family member’s professions make you any more informed than anybody else? I’m sure most people have family who do a whole array of jobs but most people don’t consider that the knowledge and skill is transferable to the untrained. Really, what you have written is exactly like what others have written, an opinion!
      My personal opinion is that breastfeeding kids at this age has absolutely nothing to do with what is best for the child but everything to do with satisfying the parent’s need.

    • tina says:

      11:54am | 11/05/12

      yuck!

    • Baloo says:

      11:57am | 11/05/12

      The kid is called Aram.. she can’t be that mentally stable to call him that.

      When I went to highschool there was a girl in my year who had been breastfed to around 4 I think it was, we had a good laugh about it but nobody really teased her. Maybe breastfeeding to an older age is the way to go because this girl turned out pretty damn good looking raspberry

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:06pm | 11/05/12

      ‘this girl turned out pretty damn good looking’

      Law of the Jungle: what goes around, comes around…right, Baloo?  *sleazy wink*

    • Mental Scars says:

      03:25pm | 11/05/12

      I had the misfortune of a mother who breastfed me until i was about 4. I have been teased relentlessly about this from both family, friends who heard about it, and even my wife. I was not old enough to know better. As such, I feel so sorry for this kid, and find any kind of over-age breastfeeding to be completely repugnant. Seems like some mothers do it for purely selfish reasons with NO regards to a kids social and mental impact later in life. Thanks mum, thanks for my shame.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:50pm | 11/05/12

      Mental Scars, my eyes are tearing over from laughing….stop it, I beg of you…

    • Luce says:

      11:57am | 11/05/12

      This is going to have far reaching consequences for the child’s psychological and social development that the mother hasn’t even contemplated. I’d say it’s heading into the territory of selfish on her part to have photos of her and her child like this printed in a very, very widely read publication. This is going to haunt him for the rest of his life. If she wanted to make a point, she could have at least done it without putting him at the centre of it.

    • S.L says:

      11:59am | 11/05/12

      I think she’s a grandstander. Poor kid will cop a hard time when he’s older…......

    • AdamC says:

      12:54pm | 11/05/12

      She seems to be an exhibitionist as well.

      Very tacky.

    • Still disgusted says:

      03:29pm | 11/05/12

      This happened to me when i was younger. Had no real say in it, being just a damn kid.

      Since then, mental scars from the constant teasing about it from family, friends etc…. Having lived this, and unable to live it down, I find any kind of older child breastfeeding to be completely and utterly repugnant on a physical and emotional level.
      Some women do this sort of thing for purely selfish reasons.

    • Blue Light says:

      12:00pm | 11/05/12

      Shock horror. A woman using her breasts for what they were designed for. *gasp!* What is the world coming to?!

    • Tim says:

      12:38pm | 11/05/12

      Alright,

      who knew that Boobs were designed for giving your children psychatric problems?

    • nihonin says:

      12:57pm | 11/05/12

      Tim says:

        12:38pm | 11/05/12

        Alright,

        who knew that Boobs were designed for giving your children psychatric problems?


      I had to laugh at that one, is this how a Mummy fixation starts?

    • Kirsty says:

      02:49pm | 11/05/12

      Designed for?  Do you mean placed on the front page of a widely read magazine to stir up conversation?

    • ByStealth says:

      03:59pm | 11/05/12

      This kid will get the crap bullied out him and all because mum wanted to be in the spotlight.

    • M says:

      12:03pm | 11/05/12

      She’s a total babe. Completely batshit crazy, creepy and weird, but still hot.

    • nihonin says:

      12:17pm | 11/05/12

      ‘She’s a total babe. Completely batshit crazy, creepy and weird, but still hot.’

      The definition of any woman lol

    • M says:

      12:28pm | 11/05/12

      This one seems to have been fitted with 50% more crazy and 70% more self righteousness from the factory than the standard models.

      That, or it’s been modified by an aftermarket tuner once it got to college age.

    • Max Power says:

      12:32pm | 11/05/12

      As long as she falls below the line in the Crazy Hot Scale, she is good to go.

    • M says:

      12:49pm | 11/05/12

      Way, waaaaay above the line brother. Off the graph in fact.

    • RyaN says:

      02:53pm | 11/05/12

      “It doesn’t matter how good she looks, some other poor bastard is sick and tired of putting up with her shit!”

    • Fiona says:

      10:40pm | 12/05/12

      So in one comment thread the lot of you managed to either insult her, all women in general, or think she’s hot, all based on a magazine cover. Well done.

    • Max Power says:

      10:53am | 13/05/12

      Fiona; There, there pet, there is no need to cry over spilt milk.

    • Joel B1 says:

      12:03pm | 11/05/12

      A dentist I used to see told me she breastfeed her children until they were six (6yo).

      At the very least it kept my mind off the painful procedure.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:26pm | 11/05/12

      let me guess, you told her you were a child at heart?
      I hope you were wearing a gown…

    • RyaN says:

      04:02pm | 11/05/12

      @Scotchfinger: Perhaps she was trying to explain why they were hanging in his lap?

    • Katherine says:

      12:04pm | 11/05/12

      Well, when I started breastfeeding my eldest child I thought breastfeeding would be good.  I had no idea how long I would feed for, but as we had so many problems I thought I’ll take it a day at a time.  We lasted twenty months.  From about 12mths on I heard a lot of ‘you’re not still feeding are you?’.  So I pretty much breastfed him at home and didn’t shout it from the rooftops.  My second was a much easier breastfeeder and we lasted 30months.  My personal boundary was three - I could not see myself breastfeeding a three year old.  But the more I read about different societies and other animals and how it all works, I start to think maybe we shouldn’t be so judgmental.  The WHO recommends breastfeeding up to two years, or beyond, for many reasons and in many other cultures that is normal.  Would I want my son on the front page of TIME doing something he will probably get teased for later in life?  I don’t know - that’s his mother’s choice and she will deal with the fall-out.  But I guess it depends on whether his friends will even know about it in a couple of years time.  Now my kids are older no-one could care less how long I breastfed them for - but I know I gave them a good start to life.

    • damien says:

      12:32pm | 11/05/12

      +1 very good comment katherine.

    • Sam says:

      12:43pm | 11/05/12

      “The WHO recommends breastfeeding up to two years”.

      Cheers, we have a 1.5 year old and were wondering when he wouldn’t be getting any health benefits from it. From a freedom perspective it is easier not to breastfeed, but it is down to just morning & night feeds now anyway so not as much issue an as those theeth he has.

    • LMC says:

      02:01pm | 11/05/12

      How old, excuse my ignorance, until babies start eating solids?  Isn’t that when breastfeeding should be replaced with solid foods?

    • Em says:

      02:52pm | 11/05/12

      To each their own - I personally think that breastfeeding a kid should end when it has teeth or wants solid food.  Technically, it’s only in the first few months that boobie feeds provide any actual health benefits.

      The cover is confronting but I think I’m more offended that the mother is grandstanding and using her kid in such a way.  This is going to come back to haunt him when he’s older.

    • Sam says:

      03:02pm | 11/05/12

      LMC - kids are able to eat almost the same as their parents by about 1. We got a list of what foods to avoid until a certain age when we did the prenatal classes, you are not supposed to give a kid honey until they are 2 years for example. Generally it starts with them have litle tastes from your plate and if they don’t get sick, then all good.

      They stil can get immunity boosts and nutrients from breast milk, I don’t know what the time for when they get little benefit from BM is though, but looks like the WHO says 2 years is good.

    • Fiona says:

      10:51pm | 12/05/12

      LMC, babies that eat solid food still need something to drink and in the early days of solids there’s not a lot of food going in.therefore the mild is still their main form of nutrition.
      Same goes for you Em, apart from the nutrition factor, they still need liquid.
      Yes a toddler of 1 can eat almost the same as their parents, I would hope with the exception of excess salt, sugar and fat. Long bitter experience tells me otherwise.
      The WHO does reccomend breastfeeding until 2 as there is always a nutritional benefit. It’s just that as more solid food gets into the diet, it plays less of a part.

    • Arnold Layne says:

      12:05pm | 11/05/12

      I’m 100% in agreement with Dstar and fml!

    • Bho Ghan-Pryde says:

      12:06pm | 11/05/12

      Gut reaction - Jamie is hot and can do what she pleases as far as I am concerned.

    • Gregg says:

      12:07pm | 11/05/12

      Isuppose in this enlightened world of ours we need to be more open to accepting that which we may not have previously.

      If there are some good health benefits to flow from Grumet to little grommet Aram or that is how Mum sees it and she has no detracting medical advice to do otherwise, then it is up to her.

      Certainly seems to not be doing her own fitness any great harm.

    • Sad Sad Reality says:

      12:08pm | 11/05/12

      Who says short guys can’t get hot chicks?

    • Luce says:

      12:20pm | 11/05/12

      I wish comment’s could be “liked” on the punch.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:09pm | 11/05/12

      My gut reaction is, that kid is not her own and she is just a hot, kinky cougar. Ah, if I were only a young man again…

    • M says:

      12:13pm | 11/05/12

      First thought: The Slap.

    • Matchofbris says:

      12:39pm | 11/05/12

      As long as you mean the novel/tv adaptation, and not what looking at her made you want to do to your turkey.

      Also, was that book/show any good? Never read/watched, personally.

    • che says:

      01:43pm | 11/05/12

      I’ve just realised why my boyfriend loved that show…..

    • John F says:

      12:14pm | 11/05/12

      Could it be that she enjoys it more than he needs it ?
      ooppss can’t say stuff like that now can we ! Just like why do so many girls enjoy horse riding ! ( a girl told me that little gem)

    • Joel B1 says:

      12:30pm | 11/05/12

      Reminds me of a great song by Tassie ex-band “Branded Left-Handed”.

      Lyrics along the lines of “She likes those horses…, not the boys. (repeat * 3) You won’t find her down the pub, she’s gone and joined the saddle club. She likes those horses etc”

    • Chonko says:

      12:18pm | 11/05/12

      Beats a tin of alphabetti spaghetti, but the kid will have some teenage death cringes when his mates revisit the pix.

    • sunny says:

      01:16pm | 11/05/12

      Actually all his mates all want to go around to his place after school.

      “I bags the left one today, you had it yesterday Billy!”

      “Don’t fight boys, they’re both the same! And you both have to do your maths home immediately after breast feeding.”

    • sunny says:

      01:53pm | 11/05/12

      “homework”

      ... “and you can’t go to soccer practice until I burp you!”

    • Not Telling says:

      12:19pm | 11/05/12

      How do you pack that for little lunch?
      It will make sharing and swapping lunch a little more tricky.

    • che says:

      12:20pm | 11/05/12

      I can’t really see anything wrong with it other than it looks weird because we are all unused to seeing it. Kids will tease other kids about many things, if you want to protect them from that then they will never leave the house. The part of the article about the child being adopted and it being a good bonding excercise makes sense. Parenting is so personal, each to their own I say.

    • nihonin says:

      12:22pm | 11/05/12

      If people are offended because of the age of the child sucking on his mother’s breasts, ever stop to think it’s probably more perverse to have an adult lover sucking on a pair of them.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      01:06pm | 11/05/12

      Only if she’s lactating at the time nihonin.

    • Tim says:

      01:09pm | 11/05/12

      And that’s why you won’t find it on the cover of TIME.

    • nihonin says:

      01:42pm | 11/05/12

      Troy Flynn says:

        01:06pm | 11/05/12

        Only if she’s lactating at the time nihonin.

      I’ll never reveal my secret then wink

    • adam says:

      12:22pm | 11/05/12

      some claim that smoking ciggies is really a replacement for the nipple, so maybe this is preventative

      OR

      the mum is a self obsessed doofus who, not content to simply raise her child needs to shout from the rooftops her “way”. Also the headline is belittleing to any mother who chooses differently. Are you mom enough? Sheesh.

      @M I wonder if the batshit crazy outways the hot in this instance

    • M says:

      03:44pm | 11/05/12

      No way man. There’s a threshold for acceptable amounts of crazy, and this is waaaaaay off the scale. Using your child to make a statement/as an ego boost points to some really, really deep seated emotional issues.

    • Economist says:

      12:25pm | 11/05/12

      Well my kid’s diet consists of virtually nothing but milk, he drinks formula though. Perhaps this kids the same?

      I’m curious in third world countries I’m sure they breastfeed for longer, does anyone know or have any stats? I’ve read the average age is over 4 years,  the median 2.8 years. In the past didn’t we wean longer and that this has shortened due to food technology? My gut reaction is it’s not an issue accept when you’re on the cover if times with your tit out making a big deal out of it.

      PS. though I am loving the one liners by the blokes, Mark G’s on the open thread was awesome. BITTY NOW !

    • Economist says:

      12:50pm | 11/05/12

      Oh JC that should be except not accept!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:12pm | 11/05/12

      Economist, we are all haw-hawing about a petty young woman’s boobs like overgrown teenagers and you weigh in with stats, cohorts and sociology. For goodness sake grow up!!

    • Economist says:

      03:10pm | 11/05/12

      Scotchy you’re on form today good sir!

    • Mick says:

      12:26pm | 11/05/12

      Big deal. Some woman breast feeds her kids a couple of years beyond when most would stop. It’s interesting that this causes controversy. She is hot too.

    • the pleb says:

      12:30pm | 11/05/12

      It’s getting weird if they can ask for it. Weird, but nothing to get in an uproar about.

    • Chonko says:

      12:56pm | 11/05/12

      What would you like for dinner dear, left or right?

    • RunLolaRun says:

      02:12pm | 11/05/12

      “If you can ask for it, you’re probably too old to have it.”, Miranda, Sex and the City, The Baby Shower. Season 1, Episode 10.

    • Keith Hammersmith says:

      12:35pm | 11/05/12

      zomg! someone is doing something different than the ‘norm”!!

      why did this make the cover of time magazine?

    • M says:

      03:42pm | 11/05/12

      No, someone is using their child as an ego boost, and possibly inflicting psychological damage.

    • Rachel says:

      06:14pm | 11/05/12

      The mother isn’t inflicting psychological damage. The bullies that think this is any of their business are the ones who will inflict psychological damage.  Once again, society is pressuring everyone to be the same or else they just won’t be able to stop themselves from being abusive.
      There is nothing wrong with this picture except that it confronts insecure people who have nothing better to worry about.

    • Matchofbris says:

      12:36pm | 11/05/12

      I honestly don’t know why the whole world thinks it’s necessary and/or okay to comment upon and judge a woman breastfeeding. Unless she’s tits out, flailing all over the place, how is it our business?

      Yeah, it’s a bit odd, creepy, and probably a sign of ‘poor child, he’ll grow up psychologically damaged with a mother like that’ - but at the end of the day… Ahhh, hi, who gives a shit?

    • Ear to the Ground says:

      02:32pm | 11/05/12

      Nice point, Matchofbris. 

      Noteworthy to mention that the woman being commented upon and judged actually IS tits out (well at least one out) flailing all over the place on the cover of a widely read international magazine.

      Methinks its entirely ok to have a point of view regarding what’s on the cover of Time magazine.

      My 2 cents?  He’s too old.  She’s hot, but not hot enough to outweigh the crazy.

    • Matchofbris says:

      08:22pm | 12/05/12

      Agreed, going on TIME and blogging about it is too much. But people comment on shit like this even if the person they are judging is not doing anything to broadcast it to the world, which was more where my point was going.

      Myes, the crazy is strong in this one.

    • Ben says:

      12:37pm | 11/05/12

      If your child can walk up to you and ask you to put your tit in it’s mouth, i’m thinking that’s the time you give them a cup of milk, let alone a bottle or breast.

    • Matchofbris says:

      12:52pm | 11/05/12

      “I’d like a jug of Smarter White, and three schooners, please.”

    • Porter says:

      02:06pm | 11/05/12

      Extra dollop!

    • ZSRenn says:

      12:38pm | 11/05/12

      Desert Elephants feed their young up to 7 years after birth

    • Matchofbris says:

      12:50pm | 11/05/12

      Females of many species devour the male after coitus. Your point?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:10pm | 11/05/12

      are you suggesting only ‘large’ women nurse their children to young adulthood?

    • Rasta says:

      02:24pm | 11/05/12

      The Female of homosapiens devours the male after marriage.

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      04:41pm | 11/05/12

      Dolphins rape each other and kill each others babies and other animals such as seals solely for fun. Oddly enough, these are frowned upon in the human world. This chick is demented, so many attention seekers these days. I blame Glee.

    • Shane says:

      12:40pm | 11/05/12

      The kid will grow up to be that Little Britian character.

      Bitty anyone? :-p

    • Carolyn says:

      03:44pm | 11/05/12

      Outstanding!! Thanks for the smile.

    • Nick says:

      12:40pm | 11/05/12

      I know several women who breast fed their kids up until they were around 3-4yo.  The kids don’t seem to have any issues - I don’t think kids think about bodies the same way adults do. To the kids it’s just their mum’s boob.  In our culture we tend to sexualise everything, to our detriment.

    • Grossed out says:

      12:43pm | 11/05/12

      If she still wants to give her kid breast milk, feed it to him in a cup.  Why have him hanging off a boob at that age?  Gross.  Express it and feed it to him in a manner that is not weird.  I’m all for breastfeeding, but you have to draw the line somewhere and this is just someone wanting to court controversy and get her fifteen minutes of fame (or infamy as the case may be).

    • Ben says:

      04:03pm | 11/05/12

      What are you - 15? You are too worried about how things look. Breastfeeding is natural. It is what boobs are for.

    • Grossed out says:

      12:43pm | 11/05/12

      If she still wants to give her kid breast milk, feed it to him in a cup.  Why have him hanging off a boob at that age?  Gross.  Express it and feed it to him in a manner that is not weird.  I’m all for breastfeeding, but you have to draw the line somewhere and this is just someone wanting to court controversy and get her fifteen minutes of fame (or infamy as the case may be).

    • Matt says:

      12:43pm | 11/05/12

      The thing I find most disturbing about this is that people find this disturbing.

    • RainDancer says:

      12:46pm | 11/05/12

      Now if it was a fat chick breast feeding her kid….I think Time may be slacking in sales, what better way to get attention!  Go girl!

    • timbo says:

      12:46pm | 11/05/12

      The most shocking thing about this cover is that it shows that there’s a story on cricket in an American magazine.

    • fml says:

      02:23pm | 11/05/12

      I was wondering about that, who is the god of cricket?

      Jimminy?

    • gobsmack says:

      12:46pm | 11/05/12

      It looks like an ad for Two and a Half Men (before the fat kid grew up).

    • Emma says:

      12:49pm | 11/05/12

      They should put her and her growing son on the cover once a year. It doesnt look like she will stop breastfeeding him any time soon.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:27pm | 11/05/12

      for the next twenty years. What if he grows a moustache? Imagine him looking up, his ‘tache all milky. Now I’ve just grossed myself out…

    • John L says:

      12:50pm | 11/05/12

      OTT: what’s this about the “God of Cricket”?

    • Inky says:

      12:52pm | 11/05/12

      Darn, I was hoping for a Friday dilema that was more interesting than the majority of today’s articles.

      Instead, we get a chorus of breast jokes and “hurr hurr she’s hot who cares”.

      GG ThePunch and in the immortal words of Jayne “I’ll be in my bunk”

    • Evalee says:

      03:31pm | 11/05/12

      Jayne, love him….my daughter and I use that saying all the time now….

    • Amanda says:

      12:57pm | 11/05/12

      The consensus my mums group has come to is that if the kid is old enough to look up and say ‘thank you’ then they are old enough to come off the boob. Our kids are now all 3 and one of us is still breastfeeding. It’s a little weird, but not gross smile

    • Ian1 says:

      12:58pm | 11/05/12

      The kid looks a little too conscious for my liking.  Not that it is really any of my business.

    • Sam Chowder says:

      12:58pm | 11/05/12

      After that amount of time, she will need knee protectors when she stops.

    • Daniel says:

      01:00pm | 11/05/12

      The cover is certfronting.

    • Anna C says:

      01:02pm | 11/05/12

      Who’s a mama’s boy then?  I pity that child’s future partner? Can you imagine the mother-in-law from hell she will turn out to be?  Boundaries people boundaries.

    • Man says:

      01:18pm | 11/05/12

      It would be like less confronting if she was cradling him. The fact that they are both standing is what makes me cringe.

    • Kate says:

      02:00pm | 11/05/12

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the breastfeeding if thats what works for you and your child - I don have a big problem with posting images like this of children in media and on social networking. Thats just exploiting the poor kid - that’s bad parenting

    • Porter says:

      02:07pm | 11/05/12

      Two words, Oedipus complex

    • Martin says:

      02:36pm | 11/05/12

      @Porter

      LOL, I was thinking exactly the same thing.

      So if that was her daughter instead of her son breastfeeding, would that count as an Electra complex ?

    • Em says:

      02:44pm | 11/05/12

      Precisely.  And we all know how well that ended.

    • PJ says:

      02:15pm | 11/05/12

      Ladies, is that a breast that’s breast fed ever?

    • Fred says:

      02:21pm | 11/05/12

      More bogan feminism.

      She’s ruining her boobs for it too. I feel sorry for her husband, but then again he’s probably some hipster douchebag.

      I was bottle fed and I’m the best person in the world.

      How long do you have to date a woman for before you ask if she’s for breastfeeding?

    • John F says:

      02:50pm | 11/05/12

      It depends on what you earn

    • Lela says:

      03:14pm | 11/05/12

      “I was bottle fed & I’m the best person in the world”

      Haha me too! That must make me second best!

      But seriously this just turns my stomach I breasted my two children but there comes a time when you just have to let go… Seems like mummy’s having trouble coming to terms with the fact her child is growing up

    • renold says:

      02:32pm | 11/05/12

      For some mothers, their children will always be a commodity to be used in order to enhance their own ego.

    • Fog Badger says:

      02:43pm | 11/05/12

      It’s a fetish.

    • H B Bear says:

      02:48pm | 11/05/12

      MILF milk.

    • Kika says:

      02:52pm | 11/05/12

      Oh come on the lot of you. If she was average looking, and daresay, a tad more homely I’m sure you’re reactions wouldn’t be the same. And let’s face it, the reaction by most males here indicates that boobs have far more sexualised connotation to them than their functionality.

    • M says:

      03:48pm | 11/05/12

      “the reaction by most males here indicates that boobs have far more sexualised connotation to them than their functionality. “

      You really don’t understand men do you?

      My reaction would be the same is she was fat and ugly. Which is that she is really weird for wanting to keep breast feeding her child beyond the age at which he can handle solid foods.

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      04:52pm | 11/05/12

      We’re just freaking out a little here Kika. I mean, we’re just sitting around, thinking about boobs….. then BAM! apparently milk comes out of them all of a sudden. The world has gone topsy turvey.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      05:55pm | 11/05/12

      M: remember this? 12:03pm ‘She’s a total babe. Completely batshit crazy, creepy and weird, but still hot.’.

      Seems to me Kika understands men a bit better than you understand yourself, my tut-tutting friend.

    • Rod says:

      02:58pm | 11/05/12

      First thought…

      “Bitty”!

    • Ben says:

      03:15pm | 11/05/12

      The problem is that we readers are adults looking at the picture and, as adults, we automatically make it sexual. I have to admit that my first reaction was ‘The lucky kid’.

      If you change perspective and look at it from a kids perspective, it is not sexual. It is comforting and nurturing. From that perspective, I think it is a non-issue. My wife breast-fed our youngest daughter up to two. She is now five and still points to her former food source and jokes. If the women feel comfortable and the kid is comfortable, who is anyone else to argue?

      We need to take a step back. Breastfeeding is natural. It is what boobs are for. Stop making it sexual. If it was an 18 year old in the picture suckling, that is a different story. Kids are, or at least should be, naive about the sexual context at ages up to 8 at least.

    • aaryn says:

      03:44pm | 11/05/12

      Dosent make me sick , but I think that age is getting way to old to be breast feed . Kind of reminds me of little brit “bitty”

    • John says:

      03:46pm | 11/05/12

      Leaving all the “its natural” stuff aside - because let’s face it, so is a dose of the trots - is there some psyche/emotional issue of mothers who feel the need to continue to breast feed long after the first year - and that it is a sign of not being able to face the fact that the child is no longer a baby?  Would be an interesting study.  I might add that knowing a few mothers who do continue the practice long past the first year there is an overlay there of a need to be needed.  Lord knows what they’ll be like when their kids are older.  Just sayin’.  My kids were both BFd for the first year and then weaned into solids.  And that was their’s mother’s choice.  She actually found it empowering for her and the kids.  And, as she remarked more than once “I want my tits back”.  No conniptions and no loss of bonding and the rest of the psychobabble.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      04:05pm | 11/05/12

      are you sure it was your wife who said, ‘I want my tits back’, hmmm? She probably caught you glaring at the poor kids and at last relented.

      My wife is still BF our 2yo son on occasion, I don’t have a problem with it.

    • Sickemrex says:

      07:55pm | 11/05/12

      What he said she said. I BF until 12 months and was happy for the nutrition I had provided and happy to be finished. Bought myself a bottle of Mumm to celebrate wink.

      For a couple of people who have commented about finishing milk feeds (whatever the source) when solids are established, no. It takes about 6 monyhs of reducing milk and increasing food for solid to become the main fuel.

    • John says:

      01:42pm | 14/05/12

      Yes - it was her.  Not me.  All her own words.

    • Vecki says:

      03:51pm | 11/05/12

      So at what point will she wean him off the boob?  His wedding day?  Pass him across from her boob to his wife’s?

    • Dave-o says:

      04:24pm | 11/05/12

      This woman straddles the Vicky Mendoza diagonal like I’ve never seen.

    • Thetruthwouldn'thurt says:

      04:25pm | 11/05/12

      So do we realise that this is her 3 year old natural son, but that apparently she is also breastfeeding her 5 year old adopted son too????

      Personally I think breastfeeding kids over around 2 years old is not necessary and purely for the mother to, I don’t know why, maybe try to “one up” other mothers? I don’t know, whatever, just don’t tell me it’s natural and what all mothers should be doing. They are quite able to eat solids and drink cows milk way by 2 years old. (obviously there will always be kids who are a bit later to give up that “last feed”, I’m not talking about those ones. But it’s generally a settling thing at night, not just a “lift your shirt mum, I want your boob” thing)

      Which brings me to the other point which is don’t tell anyone about it!! If it’s your choice fine. But the world, in particular the world media, does not need to see it.

      Unnecessary at 3 years old. Creepy with your 5 year old adopted son. And just plain attention seeking and selfish to put in the world media. Just my opinion. (and yes, I have 2 kids who were both breast fed, one till 13 months and one till 4 months)

    • PW says:

      04:27pm | 11/05/12

      This kid looks a tad older than 3. nless he’s standing on a box or something, I’d say he’s school age. Seems like Mum’s way of keeping slim…..pity about the obese child though.

    • renold says:

      04:53pm | 11/05/12

      Apparantly breastfeeding upto the age of 7 is natural. So when did it became unnatural?

    • Boganhater says:

      05:47pm | 11/05/12

      I want to know who the God of Cricket is.

    • Angry Fat Bitch says:

      06:08pm | 11/05/12

      The cover was designed for shock value. The framing, the pose, the angle, the colour, it’s all been specifically designed to grab our attention. I won’t begrudge TIME that. Getting people’s attention is how you sell magazines, plain and simple.

      As for the extended breastfeeding issue… I’m well aware that WHO recommends breastfeeding for at least two years. But I’m yet to see any evidence that there is any benefit beyond that.

      Not only that, but I’d be concerned for the mothers long term health. As I understand it child-bearing and breastfeeding are part of the reason osteoperosis is more common among women. Baby/child needs calcium to grow bones and teeth, and that has to come from somewhere, which leaves mums calcium stores depleted and can have and effect on her bone density later in life. Again I’m not aware of any evidence, but I can’t imagine it would be good for a mothers bones long-term to have her calcium stores depleted for such an extended period.

      So short version - I think there’s a lack of research into the benefits and risks of extended feeding, and I personally can’t imagine why a mother would want to breastfeed for so long given this lack of information to support the idea.

      For the record - I’m all for promoting breastfeeding in general. Breastfeeding rates are lower than they probably could or should be, and it’d be great to see that change. So if this helps at all then great.

      That being said, some of us don’t actually have a choice, and it’s frustrating that each time the breastfeeding debate pops up someone says that too many women “give up” or “choose formula”. The fact is plenty of us (me included) can’t breastfeed due to medical issues, it isn’t a choice or from lack of trying. And I can’t stand the stigma being attached to formula by the “breast is best” brigade. All babies need to be fed, and realistically in Australia there are only two ways to do it - boob or bottle. And in society there’s a lack of support for both, which makes absolutely no sense. All that should matter is that your baby is fed.

    • Erin says:

      07:29pm | 11/05/12

      You obviously don’t research. One of the big benefits of breast feeding is that it helps to PREVENT osteoporosis, the benefit increasing the longer a woman breast feeds for.

    • Angry Fat Bitch says:

      09:05pm | 12/05/12

      Erin you may well be right… show me a written source and I’ll gladly eat my words. I’m told research has also shown that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer (although fat lot of good that does for people like me who physically can’t do it).

      But I’m not completely clueless - what research I have done has told me that pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to a depletion of calcium in the mother because the baby takes what he/she needs. It doesn’t take a genius to wonder if the long terms effects of that depletion could be detrimental. And whether I’m right or wrong, it does seem to me that this issue isn’t really entering the minds of those who choose extended breastfeeding - their eyes are firmly planted on being a good mum.

    • Gordon says:

      06:17pm | 11/05/12

      The photo is a bit cooked up: the kid look more a five or six year old, big-kids clothes, brat haircut, pushed up sleeve, and that is what a lot of people are reacting to. (aside for the cheerful “wow, tits!” brigade that is). Three is definitely old for many people I’m sure, but if you put that kid in trainer pants and other 3yo gear it would look a lot less weird.

      I wonder at the mother’s motive in doing this photo

    • craig2 says:

      06:37pm | 11/05/12

      Love the power pose look, hands on hip, eyes straight at the camera saying, “how f**king good am I?”

    • best iphone apps of 2012 says:

      06:44pm | 11/05/12

      best iphone apps of 2012


      Hi there.  I really appreciate the points you made.  I dont think Ive actually thought about it in that way.  I can really appreciate how you approached the subject matter and what you said really gave me a new perspective.  Thanks for taking the time to write this all out.

    • Helen says:

      01:39pm | 12/05/12

      And it didnt hurt that you got to put your little bit of spam on here. So…. what is the article about since you really appreciate how the subject matter was approached?

    • Sickemrex says:

      08:05pm | 11/05/12

      3 year old? About 2 years longer than I’m comfortable with for me, but, whatever. Cover of Time? Exhibitionist much? Look at moi, look at moi.

      I still find the ads on TV for formula for toddlers more disturbing though. How about yoghurt and milk, you guilt-tripping money-grabbing formula company?

    • Angry Fat Bitch says:

      08:56pm | 12/05/12

      That’s one thing that really bugs me… the toddler milk ads. Because they aren’t allowed to advertise infant formula, so instead they advertise the toddler one. Which they’re very much aware most intelligent mothers will never waste their money on, because by that age toddlers can have cows milk which is cheaper. But advertising that crap is the only way they can get their brand into the heads of parents so they’ll buy the infant formula.

      And I really don’t get the logic… I mean the only other product that isn’t allowed to be advertised is cigarettes. Why is a perfectly legitimate substitute food for babies lumped in the same category as something that kills people?

      We all know breastmilk is better, but formula has it’s place, and buying a tin of formula for the first time is so confusing. In the end I chose the one with the cute teddy bear on the tin and hoped for the best, because when the product and brands are completely alien to you that’s all you can really do.

    • NESLIHAN KUROSAWA says:

      09:16pm | 11/05/12

      Hi Lucy,

      Breast feeding happens to be one of the most natural things in the world.  But do we all want to see it on the cover of a very serious magazine as TIME?  Sadly, TIME magazine has lost the plot and the serious business of being one of the best informative magazines in the world.  And breast feeding until age 7?  I just have to say what will they think of next?  Are we all talking about breast feeding exclusively or let our children snack on almost anything in sight, then offer them what happens to be the most natural nourishment available to babies?

      Breast milk is designed for babies just because of the way it was intended.  However, it just seems ridiculous to keep on breast feeding until age 7, personally speaking.  And when most mothers get into trouble for breastfeeding their babies in public normally by anyone and everyone, I have to say what a turn around and graceful thing to do for the male population.

      In places such as Somalia, Sudan and Kenya in the Sub Saharan Africa, it happens to be the only food available to undernourished and starving children.  Should that also be on the cover of TIME magazine, as the most natural thing to do.  This particular topic made me think and laugh at the same time.  I am wondering also how working mothers would cope with breastfeeding children?  In the office or school environment, or even may be there should be parental leave for all that nonsense.

      May be in the near future we could all be reading the actual benefits of breast feeding until age 12.  I am totally disappointed with the cover of TIME magazine and I just want to say how about more deep and meaningful topics about bringing up children who turn out to be physically and emotionally well adjusted,eventually.  These sort of articles certainly belong in Mother and Baby type of magazines, for the most apparent reasons to everyone in our planet.  Kind regards to your editors.

    • Jolly says:

      01:20am | 12/05/12

      @NESLIHAN KUROSAWA
      You make good sense but unfortunately TIME has gone down to the pits of sensationalism. The cover is a ploy to attract attention, similar to the blond breastfeeding mum’s desperate need for attention. I have actually stopped buying the Time. I wish more did so.

    • Terry2 says:

      07:51am | 12/05/12

      There is a fundemental problem with this woman putting her son on the front cover of an international magazine.Her breast feeding practices are irrelevant and entirely up to her but exposing her son is infringing his rights.
      These day even an item of news coverage will usually pixilate the faces of young children.

    • pj says:

      09:52am | 12/05/12

      mmmm I could live with that..resting my head on one side and drinking out the other smile

    • Rickster says:

      10:09am | 12/05/12

      If the kid has teeth you might want to numb the area first…....num num num num.

    • redmark says:

      10:40am | 12/05/12

      Just a storm in a cup.

    • Garry says:

      06:30pm | 13/05/12

      What a load of bull ! .....breastfeeding at seven ? ....... seven feeds a day equals seven beatings a day at school from the kids.

    • M says:

      10:41pm | 13/05/12

      There’s a few things that suck about TIME. One of them is that they are trying to equate the BO-Scandal in China (even though it’s old hat) as though it’s as bad as the Murdochs.

      Difference being: Bo is facing justice // Murdochs are lounging at an ‘inquiry’.

      Not sure how that’s supposed to make Western Fascism look better than the Chinese Communist system.

      What >is< quite visible is that the latest TIME covers don’t have “South China Sea stand-off” on them - and they should…considering that it’s the modern day equivalent to the Cuban Missile Crisis..

      Read more here:
      http://thevividwriter.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/western-media-throws-smoke-over-south-china-sea-developments/

    • Pull Lacoste says:

      07:26am | 28/11/12

      Cherish will be weak to birth and labor, but it surely expands better as we grow old if it’s sufficiently raised on.
      Pull Lacoste http://www.fr-marque.com/

 

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