Local mom defends Time Magazine cover

Port Deposit, MD - Instead of a bottle, it's boobie for 18-month-old Payton Rosser. 

"Do you want mommy's boobie, Payton," Jessica Rosser asked.   

Payton is crawling onto her mom's lap and pulling down her shirt.

"In the beginning it seemed old to me," Rosser said.    

Jessica Rosser, 25, from Port Deposit, says she never pictured herself breastfeeding her daughter once she started walking and got teeth.  She has 16 of them right now.

"When she turned a year old, I just was like I can't take her away from this.  She loves it.  She relies on it.  It's her comfort, puts her to sleep," Rosser said.    

So much that she interrupted her mom talking, so we paused.  But there's no stopping Rosser, who can't understand the outrage over the Time Magazine cover, showing a mother about the same age breastfeeding her three-year-old son.

The article is about attachment parenting, mothers who allow their children to sleep in the same bed and breastfeed at an older age.

"I thought it was beautiful actually," said Rosser. 

Rosser calls herself an attached parent, and so does her friend, who breastfeeds her children until age two. 

"I think it was meant to be done that way by time to provoke people to talk about it. They are in the business of selling magazines," said Amee Berecz, an extended breastfeeding mom.    

GBMC Lactation Coordinator Marla Newmark says the Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding up until age 2.

"As kids get older, as like anything with children, they move on.  They get very busy.  They're not home that much that they have time to sit and breastfeed," said Newmark.    

Payton eats food and knows how to drink from a cup.  It will be up to her, and the sibling her parents are expecting, to decide how long she stays latched to mom.          

"That's what women are made to do," said Rosser.   

Rosser plans to breastfeed Payton and the baby at the same time.  Payton is still nursing about 10 times a day. 

The mother on the cover of Time told CNN the picture is not a true representation of extended breastfeeding.  But Time's managing editor says the whole point is to grab your attention.

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