Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has again created a backlash by her recent comments on motherhood and child rearing. If you are a mother of a newborn baby, and not breastfeeding, Gisele thinks that you should be imprisoned immediately and forced to hand your baby over to the nearest wet nurse. Or something like that.
Bundchen reportedly told Harper’s Bazaar in an interview, “Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think, ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months”.
Hmmmmmmm. While I am a breastfeeding propenent, I can certainly understand why she has pissed off many, many mothers with this comment. I would love to see breastfeeding friendly laws go into effect everywhere, making it easier for mothers to breastfeed. However, forcing mothers to breastfeed is not something I can get behind! While the positive effects for both baby and mom are indisputable, I think breastfeeding should be a personal choice. I think it was an insensitive comment on Gisele’s part.
This is not the first time she has done this. Some mommies already had their Spanx in a bunch after Gisele’s recent Vogue cover story, where she talked about her maternity weight gain and how quickly she lost it, saying, “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.” Well isn’t Gisele wonderful.
Oh, and also, her 8-hour natural birth didn’t hurt at all, “not even a little bit.”