Fri, May 11, 2012
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Time cover shows mother breastfeeding son

2012-05-11 10:04:29 GMT2012-05-11 18:04:29(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

amie Lynne Grumet has appeared on the cover of Time magazine (above) as an attachment parent. She has told of how she breastfeeds her three and five-year-olds

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A mother of two has told of how she breastfeeds her two sons who are aged three and five.

Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, has appeared on the cover of Time magazine breastfeeding her three-year-old Aram as he stands on a small seat to reach her.

The Los Angeles mother has spoken about how she applies the same attachment parenting method to her adopted five-year-old son Samuel.

Ms Grumet was breastfed by her own mother until the age of six.

In a larger feature story about the controversial parenting technique, she tells the magazine that she is able to recall memories of being latched onto her mother's breast.

She said: 'It's really warm. It's like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it's from that.'

She has aimed to provide the same type of support to Samuel, who was adopted from Ethiopia in November of 2010.

Samuel was breastfed by his new mother instantly. He is latched to her breast 'maybe once a month.'

Ms Grumet said: 'Being able to give him that [comfort] with the trauma that he faced was really, really important to me. I didn't realise how much it would help my attachment to him.

'When his English improved, because the connection was there, he didn't do it as much.'

The mother has written on her blog about how much Aram, who will turn four next month, enjoys to be breastfed.

In one post, a photograph of Aram in the Playboy mansion has been uploaded.

The picture is captioned with the text: 'I've breastfed Aram at the Playboy mansion. I actually felt it was the most appropriate place on earth to do it.'

There is no explanation to explain why she believes this.

Ms Grumet is completely aware of how unorthodox the parenting technique, which was originally coined by U.S. pediatrician Dr William Sears, can be perceived. But she strongly believes her methods are 'biologically normal.'

'There are people who tell me they're going to call social services on me or that it's child molestation, she said. 'I really don't think I can reason with those people.'

She believes that the more people see it, the more it will become 'normal in our culture.'

'There seems to be a war going on between conventional parenting and attachment parenting,' she continued. 'That's what I want to avoid. I want everyone to be encouraging. We're not opposing teams.

'We all need to be encouraging to each other and I don't think we're doing a very good job at that.'

The technique also involves parents co-sleeping with their children and wearing them in a sling to ensure they remain physically close to the body.

 

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