May 11th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Breastfeeding mom ignites firestorm and defends cover photo

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jamie Lynn Grumet, the mother on the controversial Time Magazine cover on 'attachment parenting.'

Tune in to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET for the full interview.

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  1. george bedula

    This senior citizen would like a daily serving, but only if it's certified organic.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:25 am | Reply
  2. PeteRocks

    HEY I love these chicks, I'm a grown men, I'm sure they would love to brest feed me too. OK seriously, 1 maybe 2 years old anything over that the mom got isues!

    May 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  3. M-Theory

    When Time magazine finally revealed this new cover, every man on planet earth simultaneously fell to his knees and begged his god:: I wish that was my mommy.

    May 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  4. vasken der boghossian

    would there be as much outrage if the child were a 3 year old GIRL ?? some moms do not want to let go of their infant's babyhood. the physical interaction of breastfeeding places the mom in a zone of power and total control..some moms need to be educated on the evolution of infants as well as on where to draw the line between the states of infant and child..

    May 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Beauvice

      There probably would not be as big an outcry from the public if it was a girl, but then again independence is a quality our society expects more from males. A little boy breastfeeding at that age shows an extreme lack of independence, which will no doubt manifest itself in many negative ways later in life. Either way, I think it is harmful if for no other reason than the fact that my kid will probably bully kids raised in such a manner as a natural reaction to a member of the society breaking societal mores.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
      • vasken der boghossian

        ..and that "extreme lack of independence" originates from mom and is transmitted to child through extended breastfeeding. mom depends on child's dependence..

        May 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  5. Nobody Important

    Jamie Lynne Grumet says the public is "IGNORENT" for not understanding what she is doing. I charge that it is SHE who is ignorent.

    There is a biological function for breastfeeding - when the child can eat solid food, he/she does not need to breastfeed any more.

    When do you think is the correct time to stop breastfeeding? What criteria do you use to pull that plug? Is your boy going to be 43 years old when you guys finally wake up one day and say, "Hmmmm - maybe we should stop this... Maybe there is something wrong with this family..."

    I'm 43 years old - can I breastfeed simply because I say I'm not weaned yet? You've got a young man who gets to breastfeed any time he wants - and you are leaving the decision up to him to say when to stop. That's true ignorance!

    #1: You are a complete idiot for breastfeeding your 6 year old kid.
    #2: You are a complete idiot for going public with this the way you did.
    #3: You put your son's face on the Time Magazine, who will forever be publicly known as the "breastfeeding adult". How do you think that will affect his life going forward?
    #4: Time Magazine - what were you thinking by supporting this crazy woman? Shame on you!


    May 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  6. Bill

    Its interesting that the supporters of this, all are claiming that no mom would ever do anything, that could harm their kids.

    Really? No "mom" has ever harmed one of their own kids? Total BS.

    Lots of moms have indeed harmed their kids, and these is just one clear example of that happening.

    May 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Bill M

      Actually, the comment was in regard to THIS mom. Give her a break. There's no one way to raise a child and God knows we have some troubled kids and troubled parents these days. Try to listen to the bigger points she is making.

      May 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • David

      So you have scientific proof that such long term breast feeding harms kids? That is impressive since no university or anyone else has discovered that fact yet.

      May 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • GrammarTroll

      This not these.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:08 am | Reply
    • Beauvice

      I disagree with you Bill, I don't think a mother has ever harmed her own children. That seems too far-fetched...hold on a second, this just in: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/justice/florida-family-slain/index.html?hpt=hp_c1...well, same news source and everyhing. Bill, I'm sorry. I withdraw my previous statement.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:23 am | Reply
  7. Ann Corneli

    Breastfeeding is great and I support it but, with that being said there comes a time when it should be stopped and a child over 2 should not be breast fed.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  8. bill the greek

    Big deal. Breasts are for giving food to children. so what is the big deal. Is some one making it bad to have breasts and nurse babies for the reason they are there. Mens breasts are no big thing unless they are too large. We should condem women who have their breasts manipulated, not mothers to nurse. I was breast fed, my mother told me this. I cant remember.when a baby is hungry he doesn't care were he gets his food from. One has to dig real deep down to see how this picture of the lady feeding her baby can be offensive..

    May 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Beauvice

      Yeah, but few people are offended by the act of breastfeeding babies. This is about the fact that the little boy in the picture is not a BABY. People are free to raise their children however they see fit, but it should be obvious that this argument isn't about breastfeeding. This issue pure and simple is another example of our bubble-wrapped, warning label, helicopter parent, regulate everything society.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:17 am | Reply
  9. Wishing I were Jamie Lynn Grumet's little man

    Eat, drink and be merry kid ...its all uphill from here on out.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  10. Allen603

    Ok, so I'm not comfortable with the concept but its a mothers/families choice...My biggest reaction however is how this boy will be affected by what this photo depicts ON THE COVER OF TIME!!! Good GOD, did you have to expose him to possible future bullying by putting this on the cover? WAY over the top...

    May 13, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  11. cat lover

    move over kid and let a man do his job.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
  12. Beauvice

    This is more about selfish mothers clinging to the mother-infant relationship as opposed to moving forward and establishing a healthy mother-child relationship. It is not about doing what is best for the development of children. The mother is in a special place by being relied upon for her child's very sustainment and growth. She feels like she is losing something when she gives that up, and is choosing to stunt her child's d3evelopment in a vain and futile attempt to forestall this natural development. It is possible that her parenting skills are lacking and she feels that keeping the child in an infant stage of development will present her with familiar challenges. In this manner she intends to avoid facing the new challenges of parenting as a child passes important milestones on the road to mature and responsible adulthood. I have a hunch that children raised in this manner will grow up ot be unable to deal sufficiently with life's challenges. I watched the full-length version and the boy was constantly seeking physical contact with his mother, and was fussing when he could not establish firm contact. What will happen when it comes time for him to move out of his parents' basement at the age of 40, which also begs the question: "What kind of support do we need to provide when he gets bullied and can't handle it on his own?" The last thing we need in this nation is another generation of adult-sized suckling infants. There were mothers, long ago, who said to their beloved sons “Come back with your shield, or ON it.” They were mothers to a wise and powerful nation.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  13. Ed

    I also want milk !

    May 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  14. Auntiegrav

    Considering how everything in America must be couched in terms of money, there is a lot to be said for the long-term breastfeeding practice. The commercialized baby foods are ridiculous in their waste of packaging and cost to new mothers. Why waste a perfectly good source of excellent nutrition that is readily available without any cost? On the other hand, even cows will instinctively wean their calves when it's time for a grass diet (usually when they get enough teeth). A kid that's walking could probably be on solid food, but then again, our Controllers also want those kids in preschool as early as possible to start the Program of Consumer indoctrination. If something you do annoys the System of systems, it probably has some merit.

    May 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  15. John

    This is crazy that kid will be teased and bullied for the rest of his life because of his stupid mother. Moron mom – your child has teeth for a reason.

    May 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  16. kushrider

    Shame on the media for giving this woman her 15 minutes, parents like this are freaks.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  17. SMH1982

    Thats one happy, growing boy.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  18. Kelli

    I am all for breastfeeding, but not when a child is on solid food, a mouth full of teeth, and potting independently; further, this mom and child do not appear food deprived due to lack of resources or finances (they look pretty kept on the cover). But the real injustice and tasteless act was with TIME Magazine decided to publish such a picture and wasting air time with no regards to others, especially children that will see this on newsstands, having such an image burned in their minds (because it is burned in mine). I am disappointed and lost much respect for TIME Magazine. Do better TIME!

    May 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  19. Umbrellaman

    I can imagine that the only ones that would be offended are those women that couldn't and men that wish there wives still could.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  20. J.Lake

    If she lived in a 3rd world country where nutrient rich foods and sanitary conditions are not available, I would be commending her. She lives in a country where most healthy kids the ages 3 and up can feed themselves. My 6 year old can get her own food from the pantry or refrigerator. . . If you are sooooooo insistent on serving your child breast milk, put it in a cup! Do animals in the wild take that long to wean?

    May 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
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    May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  22. Ann west

    😡 Dear Pedophile Moms, find some other way to "get off"

    May 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • John

      I don't like what she's doing but your post is ridiculous and says more about you than her.

      May 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • 2cayugas

      Your ignorance is showing, Ms. West.

      May 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Bill M

      Ignorance is "bliss."

      May 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • agreeable

      I agree with you! The mom's have a 'problem'.

      May 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  23. Diugan

    Time like other dying news outlets will do anything to help revive the dead on delivery subscription rates.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  24. A Mom

    Speaking from experience, judging from the size of this 3 year old alone, if his sustenance was from this woman breastfeeding him, her mammary glands would be much larger than they appear to be in this picture and she surely wouldn't be wearing a tank top! This picture is disgraceful!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  25. justinstl

    The question has been raised about Breast Feeding. When is it time to stop breast feeding. To me one should stop breast feeding when the baby can support the weight of its own head (lift it and turn it) some would think when the baby cuts teeth. Some also think when the child turns 40......lol

    May 12, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  26. Charles Kotcher

    Is it fair and balanced reporting to focus on Romney's high school bullying and ignore Obama's high school bullying of a fellow black student, mentioned in his autobiography "Dreams From My Father"? But you're not the "Fair and Balanced" network. You're "OutFrontCNN" FOR Obama!

    May 12, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  27. John

    When this kid go to school he might put his mouth on his teacher breast . That kids Mother need to spent some time in
    jail for being on the front page of a magzine like that That don't look right

    May 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply

    This is really disgusting a grown up boy sucking his Mom's breast

    May 12, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
  29. Teriander

    All mammals that produce milk for their young know when there is a cutoff point. For examples, cats stop at about 8-10 weeks. Usually when the young is able to feed for his/herself. But this article is suggesting that her kid lacks the intelligence to feed for himself or on his own and depends on his mother to continue to feed him.

    Is it because he needs her milk? No, his stomach is well beyond the development to digest proper nutrition and break food/liquids down that would give him equal vitamins to be health. If he can hold his own cup, he's ready for cow milk. But her breast milk is a lot cheaper, so I guess for budget reasons breastfeeding a 3 year old or more is a logical solution.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
  30. escher7

    Oh to be three again!

    May 12, 2012 at 4:12 am | Reply
  31. Mike

    You may have breast fed from your mother until you were 6 but you did in in private and not on the cover of Time magazine. Your experience and people's raction to your Mom and you breast feeding that late can no longer be equated with you breast feeding your kid so late. They no longer are the same thing for you and your son now. I persoanlly believe you put him in a bad spot with this cover shot and if your going to raise them like that no one else should know much less be shown around the world. How can you think your sons experience still mirrors yours?

    May 12, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
  32. vasken der boghossian

    would the public outrage be as pronounced if the child were a three year old girl ?

    May 12, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply
  33. Mabel

    I support Erin's decision to nurse her 3 year old child. there is nothing more special than the bond created between mother and child as the direct result of the comfort and closeness experienced.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
  34. R.worrell

    America is declining fast... This is just as sick as anything else that is being pushed on the population.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  35. Charles Kotcher

    Is it fair and balanced reporting to focus on Romney's high school bullying and ignore President Obama's high school bullying of a fellow black student, mentioned in his autobiography "Dreams from My Father"; but your not the "fair and balanced" network. You're "OutFrontCNN"...reporting FOR Obama.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply

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