Alanis goes on the breastfeeding controversy

Speaking on Good Morning America, Alanis Morissette, 37, tackled the debate on attachment parenting, addressing the effect of the recent Time magazine cover, and the stages of 'appropriate' childhood development.

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When asked if she would breastfeed her 17-month-old son, Ever, even at five or six years old, she said yes, 'I'll stop whenever he wants'. She continued: 'Some kids naturally stop at two, some stop at a couple of years later, its up to the child. I will stop when he says it's time to stop.'

Ms Morissette's comments come on the heels of the debate raised by a recent issue of Time magazine, which featured a cover photo of Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet standing up and breastfeeding her 3-year-old son.

The cover separated mothers into two camps - those who choose not to breastfeed after the American Academy of Pediatrics' one-year recommendation, and those that regard extended breastfeeding as essential in a child's development.

The singer, who is married to rapper Mario 'Souleye' Treadway explained her favour towards extended breastfeeding.

She said: 'For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment. That stage of development is a very important stage.'

The debate specifically surrounds attachment parenting, a term coined by pediatrician Dr William Sears for a parenting style that includes co-sleeping with a child, constant skin-on-skin contact, and extended breastfeeding.

Working women and mothers worldwide have accused the Time cover, with its cover-line, 'Are you mom enough?' of turning motherhood a competition.

Blossom actress Mayim Bailik, 36, who still breastfeeds her three-year-old son, criticised the magazine's cover for encouraging mothers to be critical of one another.

Dr Bialik, who is an attachment parenting advocate and also stars on the TV series The Big Bang Theory, told Anderson Cooper that the controversial method is extremely misunderstood, which has lead to ill-informed competition between mothers.

In the U.S., many have admitted that it is nearly impossible for working mums with no maternity leave to continue breastfeeding to meet even the AAP's guideline.

Taking this into account, Ms Morissette admitted that she is in a privileged position, having access to certain resources not available to every American family, which allows her to make such a decision.

She said: 'I'm in the privileged position where I have the time, the money, and the availability [to breastfeed].' That's not possible for many families.'

The singer loves to have Ever with her as much as possible, so she built a make-shift studio in her house to ensure she is always 'available'.

She admitted: 'I like to have as much skin on skin contact as possible. I love snuggling and sleeping next to him.'

This element of attachment parenting, which involves parents co-sleeping with their children in order to ensure their safety throughout the night, has caused fear among some parents.

Some doctors believe the technique could lead to sudden infant death syndrome, and many mothers are scared they would 'roll over' their baby.

However Dr Bialik, who wrote the book titled Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way, has argued that 'that doesn't happen.'

She said: 'The notion is sleeping near a child safely, whether that's sharing a bed surface safely or having them near you. It make sense, it facilitates breastfeeding.'

Ms Morisette also spoke directly about the Time magazine cover, touching on the fact that all families have different needs.

She said: 'I consider it appropriate, it is appropriate for that particular child and that particular family.'


in the interview she looks so much like Soleil Moon Frye this is crazy O_o