You may not know Jamie Lynne Grumet but you’ve probably seen her picture. She’s the mom on the cover of Time Magazine breastfeeding her 3-year-old child.
The photo has stirred up a lot of controversy, which according to Grumet, was exactly the point.
“I do understand why Time chose this picture because…it did create such a media craze to get the dialogue talking. We knew exactly what we were going to get in to.”
Grumet did say, however, that the photo doesn’t depict how she actually breastfeeds her son. The 26-year-old said that when she breastfeeds at home her 3-year-old son Aram is sitting on her lap, not standing on a stool. Grumet said that most people aren’t taking issue with the fact that Aram is too old. Instead, breastfeeding advocates argue that the picture shows a shocking example of breastfeeding and not a natural one.
“I understand some of the breastfeeding advocates are actually upset about this… This isn’t how we breastfeed at home. It’s more of a cradling, nurturing situation.”
Time Magazine editor-in-chief Rick Stengel said that several photos taken during the shoot were less shocking. The photo of Grumet and her son was chosen for the cover because he knew that it would get people talking. Grumet said:
“It’s certainly an arresting image. It’s an image to get people’s attention about a serious subject. Judging by the reaction on Twitter this morning, some people think it’s great, and some people are revolted by it. That’s what you want. You want people talking…”
What did you think about Jamie Lynne Grumet’s photo on Time Magazine?