TIME’s Breast-Feeding Cover Sparks Debate

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CLEVELAND, Ohio  -- Is it wonderful ... or weird?

The cover of the new issue of TIME Magazine shows a 26-year-old mother breast-feeding her almost 4-year-old son, who is standing on a chair.

The headline reads, "Are You Mom Enough?"

"Attachment parenting, to me, means being with my children most or all of the time," said Joanne Beauregard, one of the mothers featured in the article, to TV station KDVR in Denver.

The article is about "attachment parenting," which advocates baby-wearing, extended breast-feeding and co-sleeping.

"We just parent what feels natural for us," Beauregard told KDVR.

"Breasts are really there for feeding babies," said Dr. Robert Needlman, of MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.

Needlman updated the eighth and ninth editions of the legendary baby book, "Dr. Spock's Baby And Child Care."

He doesn't think the issue with the photo is about the practice of attachment parenting, but rather the in-your-face photo time magazine chose to use.

"A cover like this plays on the face that our current culture puts lots of other meanings onto breasts that have nothing to do with feeding babies," Dr. Needlman said.

TIME Magazine's managing editor admits the magazine was courting controversy, and says the whole point of a magazine cover is to get your attention.

"There's no limit to the American obsession with breasts, and for a pediatrician's point of view that's too bad, because it prevents many women who would like to breast-feed from breast-feeding because they are too uncomfortable," Dr. Needlman said.

(KDVR-TV staff contributed to this report.)

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