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Gisele Bundchen Breast Feeding Controversy

By Heather B on August 4th, 2010

Gisele BundchenGisele Bundchen is known for her gorgeous figure, but things are getting ugly after the super model recently made comments about breastfeeding.

Landing a spot on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK just 8 months after giving birth to her son, Benjamin, Gisele opens up about being a Mom.  She’s quoted advocating a law which would require all mothers to breast feed their children.

“Some people [in the U.S.] think they won’t have to breastfeed, and I think, ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?” Bundchen said.  “There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for 6 months.”

As soon as Gisele’s statements were released, the model-mom was immediately criticized for failing to consider women who are unable to breastfeed for a variety of reasons.

Mrs. Tom Brady quickly took to her blog to try and clear up her comments, with her rep insisting that her remarks were “taken out of context” in the interview.

“My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law.  It comes from my passion and beliefs about children,” the she wrote on her blog.  “I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge.  I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging.  I think as mothers we are all just trying our best.”

Translation: Don’t expect to see Gisele marching to Washington in an attempt to legislate mandatory breastfeeding anytime soon.

  • Cami Broughton

    I am the mother of two wonderful children and thank God I was able to breastfeed both!But not all the women can say this because many of them just can’t breastfeed,not everybody can do it dear Gisele,many women don’t produce the milk to feed their babies,many children are born with intolerance of breast milk,anyway whatever the resons are you have no right to say something like that,you better be thankful to God for what you have and for being able to do that and if you are such a good mother and care about those who don’t breasfeed maybe you have to pray for those not to blame!

  • Dick Swift

    Gisele…”Parenting” is THE prime key to bettering the lives of children. Frances Swift ( http://parentpulse.wordpress.com/ ) is the author of the Helping Hands parenting cards. We (I am her husband) have been promoting parenting for over 16 years via the Helping Hands card sets. We’d like to send a set to you. Parenting needs a strong voice in America and elsewhere. You might take this opportunity to be a champion of the “parenting” issue. The idea of improving the quality of birth through five parenting (especially birth through three) is ignored by educators who stress Pre-K…childcare. A child’s brain is 85% system formatted in the first three years. Great parenting during those years is a must…and it’s the path to better lives for everyone.
    Best of luck to you. I hope you take this issue on as a challenge in your life. You have a good start with your breastfeeding interest.
    Regards, Dick Swift, La Crosse, WI

  • lani

    She may be passionate but shows her complete lack of understanding about breastfeeding, not only women who are unable to breastfeed, but what you put in your body affects your baby…so if you’re using drugs, drink, poor nutrition, your child is better off not being breastfed. Taken out of context or not, it just shows that she really needs to keep her mouth shut.

  • Pro- breastfeeding pro-life and what??!!

    Defensiveness by the parents that give formula is VERY evident. I think by her saying that she feels breastfeeding should be mandatory she’s ruling out those that simply cant produce milk. Common sense folks. She’s trying to ENCOURAGE the moms that CAN Produce milk but are choosing NOT to, cause its selfish! Babies benefit from their mothers milk! “Their nutrition is poor” or “they want their lifes back to normal!” THATS SELFISH too! Dont have babies if you can produce milk but give formula! Why should WE keep OUR mouths shuts, formula is chemicals and its UNFORTUNATE if a baby cant recieve their mother’s milk. Formula should be left for those that cannot produce milk! It should be the alternative.

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