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?
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.
Best view i have ever seen !
Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never manage to get anything done.
Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don't manage to get anything done.
tadalafil citrate powder tadalafil dosage bodybuilding tadalafil liquid
prescription drugs for anxiety safe online pharmacy canada buying prescription drugs online canada
san antonio cialis doctor cialis online overnight cialis us
how do cialis work generic cialis available in usa how soon before sex should i take cialis
vasco rx specialty pharmacy closest pharmacy store perscription drugs in canada
c-tadalafil buy cialis usa vardenafil vs tadalafil
Iím impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog thatís both equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy that I found this in my hunt for something regarding this.
generic cialis 10mg over the counter cialis 2017 buy tadalafil online
canadian pharmacy safe drugs canada best canadian online pharmacy
Hello there! I simply wish to offer you a big thumbs up for your great information you've got right here on this post. I am returning to your website for more soon.
Iím amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog thatís both equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy I came across this during my hunt for something relating to this.
Howdy! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have got right here on this post. I will be coming back to your website for more soon.
I blog often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.
cialis 5mg no perscription cialis on line australia cialis dapoxetine australia
This is a topic which is close to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?
Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will return once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.
Your style is unique compared to other people I have read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this blog.
Good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I've bookmarked it for later!
can i take cialis with daxpoteine cialis kopen cialis canadian purchase
This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though
Hello! I simply want to offer you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have here on this post. I am returning to your blog for more soon.
I would like to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this website. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own site now 😉
Everything is very open with a precise description of the issues. It was truly informative. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing!
does hydroxychloroquine require a prescription aralen phosphate chloroquine phosphate side effect of hydroxychloroquine
vidalista tadalafil reviews prescription tadalafil online sublingual tadalafil
Iím amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this during my search for something concerning this.
saheal where to get tadalafil what is tadalafil
hydroxchloroquin quineprox kratom chloroquine hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200 mg
Good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon). I've book-marked it for later!
v tada super cialis cost tadalafil troche
cloraquinn shortage of hydroxychloroquine cloriquine
This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though