So…I have been reading about the brouhaha (boob ha ha?) over the Baby Talk magazine cover with the baby nursing at an ample mommy boob. Some people, apparently some moms, find it offensive that a baby being fed by his mama graces the cover of a…GASP…parenting magazine! Good Lord! What will they think of next?! A photo of a naked baby on the cover!? The audacity!
First of all, Baby Talk is a free publication geared toward mothers, not pre-pubescent boys with raging hormones or dirty old men who want to get their jollies. It’s a parenting magazine. The cover also is a fit editorially as this week is World Breastfeeding Week. I work for a publishing company and I can tell you these cover concepts do not magically appear out of thin air. The editorial staff of Baby Talk chose this photo and who knows, perhaps they knew it would raise a few eyebrows and stir up some conversations over breastfeeding. And, if so, it succeeded in bringing more attention to breastfeeding. What kills me, though, is you see more boob action on MTV, BET, and VH1 in one hour than you’ll probably see in most parenting magazines. But I’m sure if they put a photo of a mother feeding her baby formula on the cover some people would have a problem with that, too.
I am not a card carrying La Leche League member and I am about as un-Granola as they come. I shave my legs and armpits regularly, I did not make my own organic baby food, I did not wear my babies in hip trendy slings (for one thing Caitlin was so damn fat I would have crippled myself), I use disposable diapers, and I did not co-sleep with my girls, but I did breastfeed. (Caitlin for six months, and Amelia for 9.) Long before there was formula (which, yes, I used) and bottles there were boobs. Like it or not, they serve a purpose other than flashing or piercing or amplifying with silicone implants. And honestly, you’ll see more boob flashing if you just watch the coverage of Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson’s nuptials. I mean seriously…the woman’s going to put someone’s eye out with those things. They’re dangerous!
So get over the breastfeeding photos people. And if you’re checking out Baby Talk magazine for sexay photos you’ve got a serious problem any way. And if you are a mom who prefers formula feeding over breastfeeding, that is fine, too. Just toss this month’s freebie copy you picked up at your OBGYN office. There are also plenty of things for breastfeeding advocates to take issue with, such as formula samples being handed out at labor and delivery wards. But I know one thing is for sure…babies and boobs are here to stay.