I’ve got a true story similar to the one about the photo on the magazine cover of the 3-year-old breast feeding. My grandfather used to say that he was breast fed until he was 4 years old. He had to stand up to reach the nipple. There were no photographers around to take his picture, but he must have benefited from being breast fed that long–both physically and psychologically. He lived to be 89 years old and was still driving a car up until the week he died. He adored women–but not in a carnal way. He showed the utmost respect for all women. I remember him saying that if a woman became a prostitute, it was because a man had mistreated her. My grandfather was a great husband. He and my grandmother were still holding hands in their seventies.
In my grandparents day, breast feeding was not viewed in a sexual context. My grandmother, who hid her pregnancies, thought nothing of breast feeding her children openly in church. Oddly enough, she and her Victorian contemporaries were careful not to show their ankles. As a young man, my grandfather would stand on the street corner to get a glimpse of a woman lifting her skirt just enough to expose an ankle as she got on a streetcar. My, how times have changed!