Time Magazine's Cover Stirs Hollywood

Celebrities Alyssa Milano and Mayim Bialik voice their opinions on the controversial Time magazine cover which depicts a 4-year-old boy breastfeeding.

Time magazine cover story draws celebrity reactions.

The recent Time magazine cover — which shows 26-year-old mom Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her almost 4-year-old son — continues to spark a large amount of controversy. Grumet defends her position, claiming breastfeeding toddlers is natural. "People have to realize this is biologically normal," she said. "The more people see it, the more it'll become normal in our culture. That's what I'm hoping. I want people to see it."

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Celebrity parents face both criticism and praise given their very public personas and many are weighing in on what is now known simply as the "Time magazine cover story." USA Today reports actress Alyssa Milano found the cover disturbing, tweeting it was "exploitive and extreme." Milano continued, "You missed the mark," she said. "You're supposed to be making it easier for breastfeeding moms."

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Hollywood.com reports Mayim Bialik, "who's the most well-known advocate of the [attachment] parenting style," supports the controversial Time magazine cover. Bialik tweeted, "I am going to bat about this TIME cover photo for all of the amazing women who helped me be the mother I was."

Rush Limbaugh even got in on the discussion by making the cover story political. We won't get into those details here. Supermodel Joanna Krupa also took a stand against breastfeeding toddlers. E! News reports the model tweeted, "Breast feeding a 3 yr old is wrong! What's wrong w ppl!"

What do you think of Time magazine's recent cover? Do you think Alyssa Milano or Mayim Bialik are right or wrong?

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Comments on "Alyssa Milano on Time cover: "Exploitive and extreme""

Bryn May 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM

I do think that the cover goes a little over the top. I'm not offended by the particular picture if it were in the body of the article, but on the cover is a little exploitative. These parents are just trying to do what they feel is best for their child, and I respect that. But it is a little disturbing.

Emma May 14, 2012 | 9:58 AM

This is a very controversial issue and I think we are fortunate to live on a country where everyone can have their own opinion. I'm not a parent yet, so I really have no idea how I'll feel when I do, but I think that when a child is a toddler and still breastfeeding is socially awkward. But that's why these moms want it exposed, so it is no longer a stigma. Other countries are much more open with breastfeeding, right?

Chrissy May 11, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Alyssa is right! The whole family sleeping in one bed (something Mayim has said her family does) and breastfeeding until kids are practically in elementary school is so disturbing. These kids are going to have serious intimacy issues when they grow up.

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