14. What has been the best thing to come out of the TIME story about Dr. Sears? What has been the hardest thing?
I’m having so many interesting conversations with people in all walks of my life – my 80 year old childless landlord, my friends, my family. Perfect strangers are chatting about it at the playground. That’s exciting to me!
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It really did get people talking. When have we ever had this big of a platform to talk about attachment parenting? My mom can’t even remember. The hardest thing is that the attention mostly has been negative from mainstream media, but that was expected regardless of the angle TIME took. I believe even with a better cover photo and loving tagline bringing mothers together it would have had a poor popular reaction. I am so moved by seeing how most people in the AP community have rallied together to start moving the conversation in the direction they want. Education is happening. People are going to come out of this more enlightened than before. Change isn’t going to happen overnight. I think at the end of the day the cover was one step backwards, but it opened the door for others to help take ten steps forward normalizing AP and breastfeeding.
The best thing about the story is that people are talking about it and people who were looking have found support. The hardest thing is the controversial way we had to get there. Then again, no matter how you present the topic, it is controversial and making it extreme was a way to really get people talking about it.
The TIME cover has started more conversations about AP and breastfeeding past infancy than there would have been without it. We don’t need TIME to tell our story – each of us has a voice, each of us can share how AP has worked for our families.
The hardest part when talking about the TIME story is getting past that title – I wish TIME would have just presented the AP philosophy without making it seem like a contest. It created divisiveness.