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The latest issue of Time magazine dons a shocking picture of a young mother breast-feeding her three-year-old son.

Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, a blogger and proponent of attachment parenting posed for the picture breast-feeding her son Aram while he stands on a small chair to reach her.

In a related article, Grumet speaks at length about attachment parenting, adoption and breast-feeding, topics on which she writes in her blog, I am not the babysitter.

According to her, she took to the same method for adopted son, Samuel, who is five years old now. Samuel was adopted from Ethiopia in November 2010.

"Being able to give him that [comfort] with the trauma that he faced was really, really important to me. I didn't realise 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," the Daily Mail quoted Grumet as saying.

Grumet was also breast-fed until she was six years old and she still has memories of those days.

"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," said Grumet.

In one of the photographs, she is seen breastfeeding Aram in the Playboy mansion with the caption reading: "I've breastfed Aram at the Playboy mansion. I actually felt it was the most appropriate place on earth to do it."

Though she did not have any explanation for her behaviour, she believes that it is biologically normal, reported the Daily Mail.

Originally coined by US pediatrician Dr William Sears, attachment parenting encourages parents to co-sleep with their children and remain physically close-by.

Grumet is angry with her critics who judge her practice as unethical and child molestation.

"When critics are making very uneducated analyses of these issues (with absolutely no personal experience), it actually hurts the mothers trying to care for their children. 'Find me a child that was breastfed past two that said they wished they hadn't been'," she writes in her blog.

The magazine hits the stands on Friday.