Time Magazine recently published a cover photo of a woman breastfeeding her older child, accompanied by the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”
What does that even mean?!?!?!
The photo and article were intended to create controversy and sell magazines. Period. I do not believe that Time honestly cares about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, or mothers. They care about profits and pageviews. And what do you do to raise both? Take an already controversial subject, such as breastfeeding (and it really shouldn’t be controversial in the first place) and then put an extreme spin on it. Sit back and laugh all the way to the bank.
I nurse. We nurse. Georgia is currently exclusively breastfed, and will be so for a few more months. I intend to keep on breastfeeding as we add solids because I believe in the benefits of breastmilk. Georgia will probably wean when she is a toddler, but it might happen sooner than that, or possibly later. I don’t know. At the end of the day, the decision will mine and hers, with some consultation from Jason, and with our health care providers.
Does this make me “mom enough”? Does it make me a better mother than someone who weans early, or someone who never breastfed in the first place? No. No, it does not. At the end of the day, women make the choices that work the best for them and their families. Who am I to judge? Some women cannot produce enough milk. Some women have to go back to work. Some women have unsupportive families. I want breastfeeding rates to go up, but we need to stop being so damn judgmental of women who breastfeed AND women who don’t. We need to be supportive of MOTHERS, whatever their need and situation. Because you know what? It’s a damn hard job, but every single one of us is mom enough.