Most people agree that if you can nurse your baby, breast milk is the best baby food available (although even that is a controversial idea in some circles!). For many families, the question is not should I nurse, but for how long? Breastfeeding beyond the first year, known as extended breast-feeding is something women in many other countries take for granted. In the US, however, it can be a very controversial topic. Take the recent uproar over the Time Magazine article about Attachment Parenting, an aspect of which is extended breastfeeding. The cover photo of the article that has generated so many comments:
This photo, and the article associated with it, entitled “Are you mom enough” has sparked lots of conversation about parenting, motherhood, and what is best for babies and children. Matt Bors, a political cartoonist (and partner to one of our lovely Junior Midwives), made this comic in response:
Would a magazine cover showing a three-year-old drinking soda or eating fast food have generated the same response? What do you think? How long did you nurse your babies, and why did you choose that length of time?