When Time magazine put a young Los Angeles mom on its cover, with her nearly four-year-old son suckling on her left breast, it was for an article about attachment parenting—but let's face it, everyone is just obsessed with breastfeeding. And wondering why that little kid is on a chair (the mom says it's obviously for dramatic effect). So now we must turn to Blossom to clear our stupid, boob-distracted minds.
Mayim Bialik, who has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, is a big proponent of attachment parenting, which is basically encouraging parents to be physically close to their babies— wear slings (instead of putting them in bouncers), co-sleep, and breastfeed—so their children grow up confident and know they are loved. She's even written a book about it, Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way, and when she saw the Time cover, she wrote on her Facebook page, "Q and A with the mom on the cover of TIME. I have mad respect for her after reading this. Super shocked to hear her story... Clarifying: I was shocked how amazing her story was. And breastfeeding an adopted baby is incredible. And she gave an educated and eloquent set of responses. I would not have done a photo shoot myself but I respect her and think she is a smart woman."
On Friday, she appeared on CNN to discuss the Time cover and attachment parenting. Bialik's problem with the Time cover is that it doesn't show the nurturing aspects of breastfeeding and is concerned that people are trying to sexualize a very natural biological instinct. And when asked the money question—when she and her own three-year-old wil be done with breastfeeding—Bialik was self-deprecating and sincere. "Before high school is what we're taught to say by La Leche League International," she answered, laughing. "He stopped breastfeeding at night when he was three. I stopped pumping at work when he was three. Now he goes days without and those will keep increasing. and he will be done and I hope he will be done soon. And if at any point it's not okay with me, then that's a conversation I will gently have with my child."
Bialik also criticized Time's cover headline "Are You Mom Enough?" because it's not conveying the complexity of attachment parenting—the sensationalist image is "meant to sell magazines." Well done, Time, well done.