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TIME breastfeeding cover reignites debate over attachment parenting

Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet poses with her son Aram as shown on the cover of Time magazine.
Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet poses with her son Aram as shown on the cover of Time magazine.
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Baby wearing, sleeping with your baby, indefinite breastfeeding — these are the primary tenets of the movement known as “attachment parenting."

As you can imagine, the cover story about the practice in the newest issue of TIME magazine (pictured above) has turned a few heads.

That’s in large part because of the cover photo, which depicts 26-year-old L.A. resident Jamie Lynne Gumet breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son (we cropped the picture to fit the web page, but you can see the whole image here).

Critics are chiming in from all angles. Some feminists think that the practices of attachment parenting erodes the expanding independence of women and places a magnifying glass on motherhood, while advocates believe they have evidence that children are more well-adjusted when weaned at older ages.

Dr. Bill Sears is the leading voice in the attachment parenting movement, but his ideas have been questioned by many pediatricians who feel they’re more radical than innovative, and may even be dangerous for small children.


When is the right time to "cut the cord"? How does attachment parenting affect childhood development? At what age did you wean your children?

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Lysa Parker, co-founder of Attachment Parenting International (API)

Hanna Rosin, co-founder and editor of Slate's XX; she’s the author of "God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission To Save the Nation" and a contributing editor at the Atlantic

Dr. JJ Levenstein, a general pediatrician in private practice in Encino for over 20 years and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Mayim Bialik, author of "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way;" she’s also famous for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS TV show "The Big Bang Theory"