|Dionna Ford and her kids, ages 4 years and 5 months. |
Photo by Martin Schoeller for TIME
I haven't read the TIME Magazine cover story yet, but I have seen the photos, read the headlines, and delved into a small portion of the debate that is raging online. My email inbox might explode. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about the whole thing, but I want to refrain from getting too deeply into it until I've had a chance to read the whole story for myself.
For now, I'll just say: I love this photo. I love that biologically normal practices like breastfeeding, babywearing, and cosleeping have gained enough of a foothold in our society that they warrant a cover story in TIME. I love that people are talking and discussing these issues in such a mainstream forum.
Meanwhile (coincidentally) two days ago I started a Pinboard onto which I've placed every example of breastfeeding art I've ever posted on Marvelous Kiddo, as well as a bunch of additional images of the subject I've been collecting (UPDATE, Friday 2:20 pm: Weirdly, a bunch of the pins are missing today. I am working with Pinterest tech support to get them back up). Check it out for a little perspective, and a reminder that moms have been "mom enough" to breastfeed their babies and kids for, like, all of human history, duh. "Extended" breastfeeding was not invented by Dr. Sears or a bunch of over-competitive helicopter moms (do those moms even exist? Seriously, I think it's a fictional variety invented by a media eager to sell magazines and bait controversy while playing on people's fears and insecurities).
What are your thoughts about the TIME article and subsequent bruhaha?