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    I imagine most of the controversy would be from how it was laid out. The usual strong independent looking women standing with a breastfeeding kid on a chair would be a conflict in the stereotypical packages that form in the minds of the public. The play in cross-stereotyping is often used to stir up certain emotion in images and videos but is often left quiet because of the lack of a possible 'spark' that allows it to be the central focus point. Of course, in this case, the act of breastfeeding is the 'spark' that allows the controversy to open itself up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakysage View Post
    I imagine most of the controversy would be from how it was laid out. The usual strong independent looking women standing with a breastfeeding kid on a chair would be a conflict in the stereotypical packages that form in the minds of the public. The play in cross-stereotyping is often used to stir up certain emotion in images and videos but is often left quiet because of the lack of a possible 'spark' that allows it to be the central focus point. Of course, in this case, the act of breastfeeding is the 'spark' that allows the controversy to open itself up.
    Definitely. Even the age of the child was designed as such -- he's wearing clothes and looks like a "boy," not a baby. Even as this thread attests, there is less controversy over breastfeeding a baby, but opinions differ wildly on how long is "okay" to breastfeed.

    But of course that is the question... how long can a woman breastfeed her child before he becomes infantilized? Our culture is arguing with this question to a much older stage -- for example, kids who have graduated college but still live with their parents into their late 20's or longer. It's just another form of "breastfeeding" that people can get hot about.
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    Lol. What you said reminded me of that scene in me, myself, and irene. I wasn't sure if it'd be kosher to show jim carey doing what that 6 year old is doing so I refrained. Discretion.. yay!
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    That kid is going to need so much therapy when he grows up...
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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    Well, that is what they advocate. Breastfeeding until at least 3. Sometimes as old as 6
    Lol. "They" do not. "They" advocate letting your child self-wean, as all children will do, which is ALMOST ALWAYS done by 3 or so. My daughter was 3.5, my son was 2.5 (though I wouldn't call his a "self-weaning" exactly- I initiated it but I did it gently and over time).

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    By the way, about the cover: I don't like it. It's sensationalism and exploitation and it doesn't really illustrate my experience as a so-called "attachment parent." I nursed my children as long as she did, but by that age it was mostly a night time/first thing in the morning thing, not a nutrition thing, and definitely always at home. My kids were learning about privacy and private parts by that age.

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    That's a pretty goofy-looking cover... Almost looks like the poster for a comedy film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    By the way, about the cover: I don't like it. It's sensationalism and exploitation and it doesn't really illustrate my experience as a so-called "attachment parent." I nursed my children as long as she did, but by that age it was mostly a night time/first thing in the morning thing, not a nutrition thing, and definitely always at home. My kids were learning about privacy and private parts by that age.
    Exactly how I feel.

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    I have no problem with breastfeeding in public, but I kind of think once the child is old enough to eat solid food, he/she doesn't need to be breastfed anymore. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing in the animal kingdom, as soon as a baby can eat solid food, it is weaned. Not to mention that breastfeeding can (from what I understand) be really hard on the mother. My good friend just hit 6 months with her baby, which is what her doctor recommended as the minimum time to breastfeed, and she was struggling to make it until then.
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    Not primates, Aquarelle.

    http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html

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