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Independence mother at center of 'Time' breast-feeding controversy

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An Independence mother said she believes a Time magazine story she participated in is helping remove the stigma of breast-feeding children past infancy.

The article on attachment parenting has a headline of "Are you Mom enough?" The provocative cover photo has sparked a national discussion.

Dionna Ford doesn't have a problem with the cover image or the inside picture of her with her two children. But she said the article has helped fuel the "Mommy Wars," which is not what she wanted.

Ford has a 4-year-old son, Kieran, and a 5-month-old daughter, Ailia. She is nursing both.

"As I continued nursing him, I read about all the benefits breast-feeding can give to mother and child," she said. "And I also experienced some negative comments from some people in my life."

She began blogging about it.

"I became an advocate because I wanted to make people more aware that breast-feeding is normal, it's healthy," she said. "It's something that should be celebrated, not criticized."

She said the median age of weaning children around the world is 3 to 5 years old.

"So I'm not doing something that's unusual worldwide," she said.

She loves her picture and is glad Time's efforts have created dialogue about parenting, especially nursing children past their infant months.

"If it works for you, then you should consider it," Ford said.

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