Don’t Believe the Hype

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May 10, 2012 by themommahen

Just for the record, and I know you may not really care, but so I can get it off my chest (pun intended) here’s what I think about the latest “Momtroversy.” In case you haven’t heard, there is a Time magazine cover photo (I refuse to give it more publicity, so you won’t find the link here) making the rounds of social and traditional media that accompanied the magazine’s story on attachment parenting. When a local news outlet posted it on their Facebook page with the also provocative question of “What do you think?” the following was my response.

The fingers anyone decides to point should be at the media. Forget whether or not you agree with extended breastfeeding. Forget whether or not you think attachment parenting is brilliant or bogus. Focus on the fact that this photo was used to shock and provoke to get a reaction and create an argument. I’m so tired of the sensationalization. Did any of us wake up thinking about a 3yo breastfeeding this morning? I didn’t. And I refuse to let the media dictate what I care about today. I have more important things to do, and I’m guessing I’m not alone in that.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of us taking the bait. As moms, as parents, as citizens, as people. Let’s think for ourselves. Let’s stop buying into what we’re told to think. And let’s stop feeding the beast.

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