Have you seen the Time magazine cover, with the caption "Are you Mom enough?" It has sparked a large debate.
Personally, I do NOT like the picture - it bothers me. Not because I am against extended breastfeeding - because I am not. I am very much PRO extended breastfeeding. Kyle is almost 21 mths and still nurses occasionally - I thought we were done, but it must have just been a nursing strike. Sometimes he nurses 1x day, other days he doesn't nurse at all - I am letting him lead the way.
Before I had kids, I really did think that by 12mths, kids should be weaned. It just seemed WRONG that a child nurse longer than that. Then I got pregnant, and started to research and found out all the pros (for mother AND child) in regards to nursing and extended nursing. While I personally won't continue nursing until he is 4 years old ( I imagine I will lead the weaning process if he is still nursing at 2.5) but that doesn't mean I think it is wrong for others.
I also don't have anything against public nursing - however you choose to feed your child is a personal choice, and should be accepted. Why is it ok to bottle feed a baby in public, but not by breast? Really - you hardly see anything and there are many low cut, revealing shirts that show more boob than a mom nursing her baby. I have nursed in almost every public situation you can imagine - in an airport, on a plane, in the middle of Disney World - heck, I even threw him on the boob at church in the middle of his Christening because he was hungry - and you know what - no one even knew until I told them.
I also don't have problems with pictures - I had nursing photo's taken of Kyle and I - and I will gladly post them and share them with people - they are on the blog, and I will post one below.
Now that I have had my say - I will get back to the picture. When I look at this picture - it makes me feel like it was taken to bait people. It makes me feel that this scenario is about daring people to comment on it, instead of the bond/nutrition aspect for mother and child. It reminds me of a child pulling a chair up to the counter to watch their parent cook - and does not properly portray a mother/child nursing relationship.
As for the caption of the photo - that gets me too. Again, I think it is there to spark debate - and it has done that. It hasn't even hit shelves yet and people are outraged over it. I don't like the caption because women that attempted to breastfeed but were unable to may feel bad about themselves - and they shouldn't. I think it is putting women that chose NOT to breastfeed in a bad light. It doesn't matter how your child is fed - as long as they have the love of their family. Bottle/Breast/Formula - shouldn't make a difference.
And, lastly - this is just another way that the media gets in there to help parents judge other parents.