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L.A. mom expected backlash from Time breastfeeding cover

May 14, 2012 |  7:46 am

TimeLos Angeles mother Jamie Grumet, the woman in the controversial Time magazine cover on breastfeeding, said she expected criticism after deciding to pose for the cover photo.

“We knew what we were getting into and [that] there would be a lot of backlash,” the 26-year-old told Access Hollywood.

“I understand where they’re coming from with that, so I want to say I really didn’t want to disappoint anybody with this, but I do understand why Time chose that photo," she added. "There were other photos that were more nurturing, kind of like our daily life, the way we do it. I don’t think it would have been quite as provocative,” she continued.

The magazine image shows Grumet's 3-year-old son, Aram, standing on a chair so he can better suckle at his standing mother's breast, with both mother and child looking intently into the camera.

Grumet,  said she was trying to make a point with the cover shot.

"The statement that I wanted to make was this is a normal option for your child and it should not be stigmatized," she told ABC News. "I'm never saying this is for everybody, but it should be something that's accepted."

In the Time article, she said she's been confronted by strangers who see her son nursing and threaten "to call social services on me or that it's child molestation."

The cover has generated much debate both about breastfeeding and about the decision to put the photo on the cover of the magazine.


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Photo: Time magazine cover of Jamie Grumet breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, Aram.