The new Time magazine cover reminded me of a piece — titled “The Breast of Times” — that my former Milwaukee Magazine colleague Judith Woodburn wrote for Salon in 2006. I thought I’d share it with you.
Are you a bad mother if you don’t breast-feed? Having experienced the challenges of breast-feeding firsthand, I don’t think so. But having started down this path, my personal debate has involved a different question altogether: Am I a bad mother if I haven’t stopped?
Woodburn, who was Milwaukee Magazine editor-in-chief in the early 1990s (I was senior editor at the time), points out in her piece that in some places, her decision to breast-feed her four-year-old son might still be considered criminal.
* The Breast of Times (Salon)
* How common is extended breast-feeding? (Time)
* Time managing editor discusses the cover with Paul Farhi (WP)
* Time’s breast-feeding cover heats up on social media (USAToday.com)