home
RSS
May 10th, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Breast-feeding: Too much of a good thing?

It's hard to avoid staring at the cover of Time Magazine this week. If you're on social media like Twitter and Facebook, the widely shared image may have arrived on your screen before you ever saw it in the supermarket.

The provocative cover shows Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother from Los Angeles, breast-feeding her son. This isn't your typical mom-and-baby shot: Grumet's son is 3. In case you were wondering, Grumet told CNN's Erin Burnett that her son is actually breast-feeding in that now-iconic image.

Grumet said her own mother breast-fed her until age 6, and Grumet still remembers it. "I'm proud of her," Grumet said.

The picture promotes an article about the growing popularity of "attachment parenting", a theory first advocated by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife, Martha, in their 1992 best-selling guide “The Baby Book.”

The Searses argue that co-sleeping, “baby wearing” (where the baby is attached to the parent with a sling) and extended breast-feeding will help parents respond better to the individual needs of their babies.

Celebrities such as Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory" are also promoting ideas about attachment parenting. Bialik said on Friday that she still breast-feeds her 3-year-old son. "He's not done breast-feeding, and I'm not ready to tell him not to," she said.

Many moms and dads have strong opinions about these practices, especially the breast-feeding advice.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be breast-fed exclusively for the first six months of their lives.

"We don't all nurse older kids," Bialik said of mothers who subscribe to attachment parenting ideas. "But the notion that a child's voice matters, that every child is different, that's the basis of attachment parenting."

Heather Curtis, wife of Fark.com founder Drew Curtis, told CNN's Geek Out that she practiced breast-feeding for an extended period, carried her babies in slings and practiced co-sleeping, as Bialik did. So did Caryn Rogers, a science writer for the Preeclampsia Foundation.

"I didn't really choose to eschew conventional care so much as chose to get what I believed was the most evidence-based care," Rogers said.

Grumet said that sleeping with her baby does not affect intimacy with her husband.

Watch: Breast-feeding cover-mom defends pose

"I think intimacy is extremely important in a marriage and I think a strong marriage is going to be a great foundation to show your children how to be raised confident and happy and I had that with my family, too," she said.

Time: Extended breast-feeding is more common than we think

CNN.com readers expressed mixed views on the subjects of the best age to stop breast-feeding and the appropriateness of the Time cover in general. See what they said.

We want to know what you think.  Is it OK to breast-feed well past toddler-hood, or is it too much of a good thing?


soundoff (3,132 Responses)
  1. body shop orange ca

    http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?v=aqF9j94MfEw

    May 6, 2021 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Forklift Tires Orange County

    https://krivoruky.ru/tv.php?c=dBezC9hXVu0

    May 6, 2021 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Forklift Repair Orange County

    https://maps.google.com.bh/url?q=https://forkliftrentalorangecounty.com

    May 6, 2021 at 19:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. FmrfEncox

    generic cialis soft tabs https://cialisee.com/ cialis for sale in toront ontario

    May 7, 2021 at 00:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. seafood market near me

    http://www.dealbada.com/bbs/linkS.php?url=https://www.masternearme.com

    May 7, 2021 at 04:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RebfZisse

    cialis online https://rcialisgl.com/ – cialis online purchase cialis great price

    May 7, 2021 at 06:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. fleet repair near me

    https://vid.to/play/watch/BIx3f6Ksv6c

    May 7, 2021 at 07:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Forklift For Sale Los Angeles

    Excellent web site you've got here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    http://lenasever.ru/video/hXxLQjuDp9k

    May 7, 2021 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sanke Kegs

    http://www.eng1.zu.edu.eg/en/LinkClick.aspx?link=http3A2F2Fhowtobrews.com&tabid=67&mid=416

    May 7, 2021 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. AnooEncox

    brevetto viagra italia http://llviagra.com/ – kamagra same as viagra does viagra has side effect

    May 7, 2021 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. LebnEncox

    pharmacy online uae canadian pharmacies that deliver to the us pharmacy prescription

    May 7, 2021 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. used trucks for sale near me

    https://www.shopping4net.fi/td_redirect.aspx?url=//romeomotorsports.com

    May 7, 2021 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Forklift Cylinders Near Me

    I used to be able to find good information from your blog articles.

    https://clients1.google.com.vn/url?sa=i&rct=j&url=https://forkliftrentalorangecounty.com

    May 7, 2021 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. priligy

    dapoxetine pharmacy dapoxetine india

    May 7, 2021 at 19:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. i repair near me

    You've made some good points there. I checked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

    https://krivoruky.ru/tv.php?c=ijvQ47_yuzo

    May 7, 2021 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Seo Marketing Consultant

    Can I simply say what a comfort to find somebody that truly knows what they're talking about on the internet. You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people ought to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you are not more popular since you definitely have the gift.

    http://www.hackersnews.org/hn/print.cgi?board=vul_top&link=https://affordableranking.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. recreational vehicle repair service

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for providing this information.

    http://tiny-cams.com/rotator/link.php?gr=2&id=394500&url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 8, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Internet Marketing Company Orange County

    https://www.d.hodes.com/r/tp2?e=se&tv=pixel_tracker&aid=homedepot&p=web&se_ca=anonymous&se_ac=click&se_la=ccuid&u=https://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Social Media Marketing Experts

    http://www.permittivity.jp/cgi-bin/permittivity/img_click.cgi?url=http://www.affordableranking.com&id=23

    May 8, 2021 at 02:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Social Media Marketing Masters

    http://www.permit.in/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. BbshMile

    how long before sex to take viagra https://loxviagra.com/ – viagra cvs viagra 100

    May 8, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tran Burnet

    I can't help but share a little trick that I'd learned for getting stuck jar lids to budge. While you're trying to open a jar, think about something else, like if the counters need to be cleaned or that little squirrel outside the kitchen window... and *pop* the lid just comes off. It works darn near every time, I wish I knew why.

    https://bestproductlab.com/

    May 8, 2021 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Social Media Marketing Videos

    http://reininghorsearena.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. AnooEncox

    viagra ucretleri http://llviagra.com/ – 3 days viagra viagra colour tablets

    May 8, 2021 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. rv remodeling companies

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not fail me just as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, nonetheless I really thought you'd have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

    http://21healthsecrets.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 8, 2021 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Google Marketing Experts

    https://hogrags.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Digital Marketing Firms

    https://geoinf.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=gi_pub_ggk200-2&event2=&event3=&goto=https://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 16:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Digital Marketing Program

    http://www.agoo.gr/m/sites/view/www-pi-schools-gr?likeMode=dislike&url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Digital Marketing Center

    Your style is unique compared to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this web site.

    https://www.bosanova.net/exit.php?url=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 18:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Internet Marketing Consultants Near Me

    I must thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this blog. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own website now 😉

    http://scoutchannel.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Local Marketing Ideas

    I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new things you post…

    http://www.sagewoodcm.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 02:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. GtnbCrulk

    viagra effect on women http://jokviagra.com/ how long does viagra last in your system

    May 9, 2021 at 05:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. RV Inspection Riverside

    You need to take part in a contest for one of the best blogs online. I'm going to highly recommend this blog!

    https://smoner.com/U3NWqw

    May 9, 2021 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Digital Marketing Consultant Near Me

    http://www.severneracing.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. BbshMile

    viagra military https://loxviagra.com/ – women viagra viagra or cialis

    May 9, 2021 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Fiberglass Los Angeles

    http://clik.pw/ipDM7

    May 9, 2021 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. FmrfEncox

    cialis with dapoxetine sale http://cialisee.com/ – cialis for sale toronto cheap viagra and cialis in australia

    May 9, 2021 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Steps Los Angeles

    http://www.kci.hu/redirect.php?id=MjIxNzA=&site=ocrvcenter.com

    May 9, 2021 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RV Kitchen Orange County

    http://cse.google.cf/url?q=http3A2F2Focrvcenter.com

    May 9, 2021 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Internet Marketing Clinic

    https://www.flechabus.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV Repair Orange County

    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment. There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thank you!

    http://silbermedia.com/blog/?wptouch_switch=mobile&redirect=http3A2F2Focrvcenter.com

    May 9, 2021 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Internet Marketing Job San Clemente

    This is a topic that is close to my heart... Best wishes! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    https://garbagebagworld.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 22:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. LebnEncox

    online drugstore http://xlnpharmacy.com/ canadian pharmacy 24h com

    May 10, 2021 at 07:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. LbsoZisse

    cialis https://ucialisdas.com/ how to buy cialis from canada

    May 10, 2021 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Social Media Marketing Santa Ana

    Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!

    http://www.khsfl.kr/shop/bannerhit.php?bn_id=40&url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Digital Marketing Agency Orange County

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this during my search for something concerning this.

    https://www.furstudio.mobi/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Local Marketing Jobs

    Hey there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have right here on this post. I will be returning to your website for more soon.

    http://sgsilicon.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Internet Marketing Clinic

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you so much, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody else having identical RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    https://mobilize.in/do.php?u=http3A2F2Faffordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Social Media Marketing Consultants Near Me

    http://jdsc.com.cn/adSystem/adsview/?action=click&area=pageright2&id=97&url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 20:08 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

Leave a Reply to KbdnMile


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.