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Jamie Lynne Grumet, L.A. MILF Breastfeeding on Cover of TIME, Sees Her Blog Crash Amid Controversy

Updated on Page 2: Think the TIME cover is bad? Grumet has photos of herself nursing both her 3-year-old and 5-year-old at the same time.

Updated on Page 3: Jamie Lynne Grumet on the Today show on Friday morning, explaining why she thought the cover image wasn't fair.

So of course you've peeped the new cover of TIME Magazine. The story's about attachment parenting, and its cover star is (unavoidably young, hot) L.A. mommy blogger Jamie Lynne Grumet. Annnd she happens to have a three-(going on four)-year-old attached to her left nipple.

Grumet is part of a new wave of moms, led by Irvine doctor and serial book-writer Dr. Bill Sears, who embrace the comforts of keeping their children very, very close well into preschool, TIME reports.

Before her cover gig, 26-year-old Grumet spread the gospel via her personal blog, IAmNottheBabysitter.com, an apparent reference to her unavoidable youngness/hotness.

But as of this morning, because the Internet is having a monster panty-twist about Grumet's son Aram still breastfeeding at toddler age and because the Internet MUST KNOW MORE, the server for IAmNottheBabysitter.com has "reached the maximum amount of processes."

Meaning, blank white page with error text. Boo.

"Oh my gosh! Aram and I are on the cover of @timemagazine," writes Grumet on the Facebook page for her blog, which has the awesome tagline, "Transracial family by way of birth and adoption. Join the chaos."

Sorry, angry mob -- looks like your fury can't be fed until Grumet's host gets a handle on her new notoriety.

For now, some highlights from TIME's supplemental interview with L.A.'s most fawned-over new MILF:

Tell me about becoming a mom and breast-feeding your children.

We were starting the process of adoption when I got pregnant. We weren't expecting our biological son at all. He was born two months early, and premies that age don't have a sucking reflex. The nurses in the NICU -- they kept trying to put him on formula. I couldn't see him for three days because I was so sick. I was basically passed out from the medication they were giving me. My husband is so great -- he would bring the equipment in and actually do the pumping while I was asleep. It was a full family effort. My mother breast-fed me until I was six years old until I self-weaned. Her encouragement to breast-feed is why we were so successful.

And your adopted son?

We were able to bring our son home in November 2010. I know so many amazing women who have induced their lactation, but I had milk [from feeding my biological son]. I had one of the easier situations as far as adoptive breastfeeding is concerned, but it was considered extended breastfeeding. And it was transracial. And he was adopted. I was ready for attack as soon as I posted one of the pictures [on my blog].

Being able to give him that [comfort] with the trauma that he faced was really, really important to me. But I didn't realize how much it would help my attachment to him. When his English improved, because the connection was there, he didn't do it as much. So now he'll do it maybe once a month.

What's [your memory of breast-feeding] like?

It's really warm. It's like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it's from that. I never felt like she would ever leave me. I felt that security.

Coincidentally, another L.A. mom was just recently busted for breastfeeding at LACMA. Katie Hamilton claimed she was "rudely harassed by an employee for feeding my baby in the most normal and natural way that a baby can be fed."

The martyr at the center of this mommy movement seems to be Irvine's Dr. Sears, described by TIME as "The Man Who Remade Motherhood."

Writer Kate Pickert argues that the famous doctor, neglected by his own parents as a child, is now bringing America "to a point where mothering in particular requires more physical and emotional investment than perhaps ever before."

Point is, it all started in SoCal, apparent capital of attachment parenting. And MILFs, of course.

Updated on the next page: Grumet breastfeeds both her toddlers at once.

 

While Grumet's own blog may still be down (its new error message is an even-more-discouraging "Forbidden"), there is still online stalking to be done. That's because Grumet once contributed to MomsLA, another local mommy blog. And her piece -- get this -- was a trip to a Los Angeles Target for a public breastfeeding sit-in.

"Breastfeeding is a subject I'm passionate about," wrote Grumet. (Clearly.) She also had a message for her critics:

"I have a really hard time with people that scoff at extended breastfeeding and give their reason as, 'its weird,' or 'that's a little too old.' I'm sorry those aren't legitimate reasons to be judging someone negatively for their choice."

Turns out Grumet's other child, the adopted one, is even older -- he was five when she wrote the post in December 2011.

 

Jamie Lynne Grumet also appeared on the Today show, explaining her decision to appear on the cover of TIME. She says she feels the cover shot perhaps didn't show the full picture of attachment parenting. "I feel like they don't show the nurturing side to attachment parenting. ... This isn't how we breastfeed at home," said Grumet. "It's more of a cradling, nurturing situation."

"It's a big commitment and it's not right for everybody," she said.

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