My late father, a standup comic, had a line about breast feeding. “Studies show breast fed babies grow up to be more normal than bottle babies. I was a bottle baby. Now, I’m looking for a chance to become normal.”
My father could get away with that joke. He was a cute man. “5 foot 5,” he’d say. “That’s after teasing my hair.” 5 foot 5 is about how tall that 3 year old breast-feeding boy on the cover of TIME Magazine looked to me until I realized he was standing on a little chair.
Personally, I think my wife made the right choice to end the breastfeeding at roughly 12 months for our three children. I think another two years would have been way too exhausting—although, I must say, the woman on the TIME cover seems unusually rested.
In any event, I think the outrage directed at this cover image may need to be redirected a bit.