Of course she is.
Apparently the beautiful blonde Madonna nursing her (biological) toddler on this week's cover of Time is also the adoptive mother of an young Ethiopian son. Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, is an attachment parenting advocate who also blogs about life in a transracial family at her blog, I Am Not the Babysitter. That provocative cover shot has so many people talking and kvetching that her site is crashing, but you can visit her blog's Facebook page here.
I'm sure Jamie Lynn is a lovely woman and great mother, but I'll confess, I groaned a few minutes ago when I heard she's also parenting transracially. I predict it won't be long before attacks about her adoption (entitlement) get stirred into the frenzy of criticism around that cover shot.
It will get ugly.
And then she will get a book deal.
Time has posted a Q & A with Ms.Grumet. Here's what she has to say about breatfeeding her adopted Ethiopian 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 breast-feeding is concerned, but it was considered extended breast-feeding. 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.