'Time' magazine cover sparks controversy - FOX Carolina 21

'Time' magazine cover sparks controversy

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Reporter Greg Funderburg shows the controversial cover to readers in Greenville. (May 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) Reporter Greg Funderburg shows the controversial cover to readers in Greenville. (May 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

If you're planning to take your kids to the grocery store soon, you may want to be ready to explain breastfeeding.  That's because the May 21st Time magazine issue is featuring a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son.

The controversial cover has caught the attention of a lot of people worldwide and even here in the upstate.

"Wow! Well, I disagree with this cover," said Irene Selent. 

"That's disgusting," said Troy Mayes. 

We did find one mother of three who thinks nursing is important, but not for a 3-year-old. 

"I will say around here we stop after one, maybe two years.  I think anything after that maybe is just for attention," said Ashley Bollnogle. 

The attention-getting cover for sure has started a worldwide conversation. 

"It's made to create a little bit of controversy and questions," said  Lynda Coyle, an RN and board certified lactation consultant. 

Coyle has done her research on breastfeeding. 

"That is not the norm, what's on that cover," she said. 

She says it's not the norm for women in the United States, but around the globe, it's a different story. 

The Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers nurse for 12 months, but the World Health Organization recommends up to 2-years-old and older. 

Coyle recommends you read the article before judging what's on the cover. 

"I think they're going to get both sides of the story, but I think they're really going to see that moms can do this as long as, depending on where you live and how you're comfortable, that it's not a bad thing," Coyle said.  

This isn't the first time the magazine has featured a mom breastfeeding.  It showed a mom breastfeeding an infant back in 1999. 

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