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Controversial magazine cover sparks breast feeding debate

The picture shows a mom with her almost four year old son, standing on a chair, breast feeding. The picture shows a mom with her almost four year old son, standing on a chair, breast feeding.
Some say attachment parenting builds a more secure bond between parent and child. Some say attachment parenting builds a more secure bond between parent and child.
The moms and educators say breast feeding is all about baby bonding. The moms and educators say breast feeding is all about baby bonding.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

It is shocking, or a way to build a better relationship with your child? TIME magazine put "attachment parenting" in the spotlight with their recent controversial cover.

The picture shows a mom with her almost four year old son, standing on a chair, breast feeding. Some say attachment parenting builds a more secure bond between parent and child and usually involves breast feeding up to toddler age.

"As I look at the cover feel like it shows what's happened in our society," said Tammy Davis, Director for the University School for Young Children. A mom herself, Davis breast fed her son until age two. "With the cover instead of looking at our breasts to feed our children it's over sexualized. I think however, the message is correct though, maybe we need a little shock to get us thinking about breast feeding longer."

"You know, I always cuddled my children," said Kim Rueseler. Rueseler also works at the school, and breast fed her children until age two. "I think the way he's standing on the chair may make it seem worse. I choose to stop at two because that's what my husband and I had decided. I think I might have gone on longer."

The moms and educators say breast feeding is all about baby bonding.

"I think breast feeding is the most amazing thing you can do with your child," said Rueseler. "That's why God gave women breast to feed our babies and not for anything else."

Like the mother with her son on the cover, both women also support the idea of attachment parenting.

"It's an idea that involves feeding with love and respect and a nurturing touch," said Davis.

The concept also supports breast feeding longer.

"We know if children don't have a secure family attachment system things can go wrong," said Davis. "This makes for healthier more stable kids. You know your parent cares for you. To breast feed you also have to be present. If they are securely attached it's easier for them to move away from you," said Davis. "They become better adjusted adults."

The cover sparked a huge reaction on our KFVS Facebook page within minutes. One comment called the cover "disturbing to say the least.''

Others said, "That is sick."

Yet aside from the shock factor, many defended the message.

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