SC moms respond to Time extended breast feeding cover

Needless to say, the controversial cover of Time magazine is eye-catching.

"It's intentionally provocative and looks awful," said parent Elizabeth Broadbent. "That's not what anyone I know who nurses an older child, that is nothing what their breastfeeding relationship looks like."

Broadbent nurses her 6-month-old and her 2 1/2-year-old.

"Obviously, by the time you get to a 2 1/2-yea- old, they're only nursing at night maybe at a nap for 5 minutes at a time so it's not like I'm feeding my toddler in public," she said.

But the benefits of breast milk go beyond the nutrients for some moms.

"My 2 1/2-year-old can still be a baby when he needs to," said Broadbent. "And he sees his brother nursing and he knows that love and comfort that he can get as well when he needs it."

Nursing, extended nursing, using a sling, cloth diapers, or sleeping in the same bed as your child, it's all a part of attachment parenting.

"We're here to show people, 'hey, this is how you put a baby in a sling. Here is how you safely co-sleep. Do you want help with breastfeeding?'" said Broadbent.

"Really it's just tools we can use to help with our parenting," said parent Alexandra Rippy. "It doesn't make one mom better than the other."

These moms are part of Columbia's natural and attachment parenting group.  They like to be close to their children and for most of them the parenting style is just easy.

"I don't like washing dishes," said parent Regina Polite. "I don't like getting up at night so I figured if I breastfed, I could sleep more. I wouldn't have to get up. I would have less dishes to wash."

Some critics say a child held that close all the time won't have space to be independent. But Polite disagrees.

"They grow up feeling really secure," said Polite. "It seems like breast feeding, co-sleeping, they'd be afraid to do things but they're not. They're ready to run and jump and do everything because they feel safer."

And when it comes to breastfeeding or sleeping together, it's done until both mom and child have had enough.

"Some kids lose interest at some point and if she's not interested then it's fine," said parent Katrina Siron.

Some start weaning at 6 months, some at 3 years.

"I just parent the way that felt natural to me," said Polite.

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