Time's Breast-Feeding Cover Adds Fuel to the Mommy Wars
When I saw the cover of the May 21 issue of Time, my instant reaction was "Eeew. That's just not right."
An odd reaction, for someone who has gone on the record in support of so-called "extended" nursing.
To parse my knee-jerk reaction, I started by reading what Martin Schoeller, the photographer who shot the now-famous (or should I say ubiquitous) cover, had to say. Schoeller's inspiration, he says, came from images of the Madonna and Child—with one significant twist: "When you think of breast-feeding, you think of mothers holding their children, which was impossible with some of these older kids," Schoeller is quoted as saying. "I liked the idea of having the kids standing up to underline the point that this was an uncommon situation."
I scoff at that statement. I am fully capable of holding my (long-weaned) 7-year-old in my arms, Madonna-style. Further, since the biblical age of weaning is generally considered to be around age 3 (although this is disputed, with some scholars saying as ...1