Time magazine’s new controversial cover has caused quite a stir for its depiction of a mother breast-feeding her toddler, and cover model Jamie Grumet is defending her parenting choices on “Today” Friday (May 11).
“This isn’t how we breast-feed at home, it’s more of a cradling, nurturing situation,” Grumet, 26, says. “I do understand why Time chose this picture because … it did create such a media craze to get the dialogue talking.”
Grumet, whose son, Aram, is almost 4, says she was breastfed until she was 6 but is hoping that Aram’s fourth year will be his final.
“He’s self-weaning right now,” she says.
Dr. William Sears, author of “The Baby Book,” joined Grumet on the show, noting that attachment parenting techniques are what parents would instinctively do if they were on an island with no one else around.
“I’ve never yet seen an attachment-parented baby who’s become a school bully,” Sears says.
Of course, other experts disagree with some of the attachment parenting tenets of attending to a baby’s every cry, “baby wearing,” co-sleeping and extended breast-feeding.
“When you give a child the feeling that the whole world revolves around them, it’s not good training for the real world,” psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig says. “The whole world doesn’t revolve around anybody.”
Check out the full interview from “Today” below: