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How old is too old to breastfeed?

If you haven’t seen this Time magazine cover (above), where have you been? (This version via Fashion Copious.) It shows Jamie Lynn Grumet (26), breastfeeding her three-year-old son, and it has been causing shockwaves all over the internet (and, possibly, in the …

Mon, May 14, 2012, 13:30

   

If you haven’t seen this Time magazine cover (above), where have you been? (This version via Fashion Copious.) It shows Jamie Lynn Grumet (26), breastfeeding her three-year-old son, and it has been causing shockwaves all over the internet (and, possibly, in the real world, although I’m unsure where the internet ends and real life begins any more).

Suzanne Jackson of SoSueMe.ie, for example, described it on Twitter as “wrong”, while Fiona McCann of Storyful said: “It’s the headline that’s offensive.” West Limerick 102′s Patricia Murphy said: “I think it sends a great message. I can’t understand why people would be offended. Each to their own?”

I personally am tired of women being told what to do with their bodies, whether that is to or not to breastfeed. Surely it’s up to the individual, and not society at large – and moral judgments, such as whether or not it is “wrong”, have no place here. What do you think?

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