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The Time magazine

Submitted by Petra on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:27
The blog expresses my personal opinion.

 

I think a lot of people will have heard about the Time magazine's cover of breastfeeding (Are you Mum enough lightbox.time.com/2012/05/10/parenting/) and the furore it caused.

Breastfeeding and attachment parenting have been all over the media. Films, interviews and statements came in from all sides of the arguments. 

I took it all in and noticed I was emotionally not engaging - I had stepped back and observed.

What an interesting reaction.

Curious I started exploring what had led me to this course of action.

I noticed that I felt overwhelmed with all these different points of view, as most of them had something I agreed with or could at least follow up.

  • Yes - it is great that it has started a discussion about breastfeeding and/or attachment parenting
  • Yes - it was only done to up sales
  • Yes - it is provocative (which is either viewed as brilliant or unacceptable)

and thus the list goes on......

What I was left with in the end is the question:

What is the impact on the women/parents who sit, like I did, in the middle of it all, trying to make sense of all the arguments? 

  • Do they find it supportive and informative?
  • Does it help parents to sit back and reflect?
  • Does it encourage dialog? 
  • Or does it invite a stance of: If you are not for me you are against me?
  • Are the responses coming from a place of compassion, so that an opportunity like this doesn't end up as mud-slinging contest?
  • Is it really opening the doors it needs? Or is it opening wounds and therefore closing doors?

As you can see - I am still in the process of making up my mind.

While I agree that there are plenty of discussions needed until our society becomes one that supports families in their fully informed choices, I also hope it will be done with compassion and mindfulness of the impact it might have.

 

http://boobiemilk.blogspot.co.uk/p/keep-britain-breastfeeding-scavenger.html