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Gisele Discusses Breastfeeding

Is Gisele Bundchen Really Mom Enemy #1?

Since giving birth to baby Benjamin Brady, 7 months, Gisele Bundchen has not been shy about expressing her thoughts on virtually everything related to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. From declaring that her all-natural water birth didn't hurt a bit to discussing her healthy pregnancy habits, and the joys of breastfeeding, the supermodel has become a fountain of opinions when interviewed by the press. Her latest comments, suggesting that there should be laws requiring breastfeeding for six months, sparked a world of controversy. Now, Bonnie Fuller, is declaring the Victoria's Secret model an enemy of moms everywhere, writing:

Be quiet and get a life – a real life, Miss. Perfect Supermodel Mom, Gisele! When you pronounced to the world in the new September issue of British Harper’s Bazaar that there “should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” you became new mom enemy #1.

How dare a pampered 30-year-old model who earns $60 million a year dare tell the world’s far less fortunate non-supermodel moms that they are negligent for giving “chemical food to your child when they are so little”? That chemical food would be baby formula.

Do you agree with the former US Weekly editor?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I wouldn't call her enemy #1... she really should just stick to being pretty though.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
Why does her income have anything to do with breastfeeding? That is not something that only the rich do for their babies. People from any social class have the means to bf. I would actually think the opposite, that the rich are able to afford formula over breast milk.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
#37/Äsche, interesting. yes it does mean she could be pro-life since she is basically saying, have some respect for the little person; why feed him chemicals when you dont have to (ok, IF you dont have to) and he can't make the choice for himself. I dont know what gisele thinks (and i disagree with her 'law' idea, if she was serious there) but i am both pro-life and pro-breast-feeding and its really sad that you are talking about it like its a bad thing. as if its so terrible to put the one who cannot speak first. 'me'' always > baby, right? ~~only in america. and again, can't isnt the same as dont want to. even if you could if you did this and that but decide not to as it would make you miserable and you need your strength for baby, fine: not the same thing as people who dont want to. i cant believe ppl are bringing up diseases and adoption too. oh what about when two men adopt, all the pro-bf ppl must be anti-gay too? there's not going to be a law, so calm down with the extreme situations and what ifs. her point is all about attitude and health. coming from a country where people take care of their bodies and eat a lot of fruits and sure theres a few things she finds repulsive and ridiculous about north america.
PIJill PIJill 7 years
I love the made up statistics in this thread. "Only 1-3% of women cannot breastfeed' is my favorite. The rest of women are 'lazy'. *snort. I guess all of you militant breastfeeders are anti-adoption, then. Nice to know. Oh, those LAZY adoptive mothers, who don't naturally produce the hormones necessary to bring milk in, because they are LAZY. And all those women in developing countries, themselves so nutritionally deprived that they do not produce milk for a nursing-age infant. VAIN! Its irritating in the extreme that a woman with such a big media platform is so comfortable spouting off her opinion in a way that assumes women who disagree with her are bad, dangerous mothers. Why not just say, "I LOVE breastfeeding. I wish everyone could experience this wonderful feeling I have", instead of positioning the argument to say that breastfeeding is a better, more moral choice in every situation, regardless of a woman's health, ability, or biological relationship to her child.
BeBe-Kitten BeBe-Kitten 7 years
@#45 I formula fed my daughter, who is now 12. Guess what? She suffered from none of what you mentioned. She's very bright, very healthy and very happy :)
commonsense102 commonsense102 7 years
No, Gislele is right. More power to her!
BeBe-Kitten BeBe-Kitten 7 years
So does this mean that all adopted infants who obviously can't be nursed are being neglected or not getting what they'll need to be successful? So stupid.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 7 years
Well, Janna66, it is offensive, because you would not believe how judged I feel by everyone around me. Yes I have read what is in the formula, so what can you do? Thank God my daughter is getting some breastmilk. And to read comments by a smug celebrity just really pisses me off. Gisele's comments and interviews, as of late have become extremely annoying. Beginning from her comments about Tom Bradys son, her comments about how she watched what she ate while referring to other pregnant ladies as "treating their bodies like trashcans" to talking about painless birth and being up making breakfast 5 minutes after popping out her baby and now these statements about breastfeeding. Enough is enough. We get it, she is supermom. She sound so stuck up. Maybe next time she should point out how all of this is possible, due to the fact that she has a whole team of support behind her, yet she never mentions that!!
Asche Asche 7 years
To all of you pro-Gisele commenters: How do you think this makes the women who can't produce milk feel? Or the women who are suffering from a illness that prevents breastfeeding? Or even the women that simply choose not to because it makes them feel uncomfortable? I also have to think that if Gisele (and those of you who agree with her) believes that a woman should be forced to nurse, then she is also pro-life---Obviously she believes a woman doesn't have a right to decide what to do with her own body.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I agree with Roar. I think instead of a "worldwide law" which can never happen, why not concentrate on ENCOURAGEMENT WITHOUT JUDGEMENT. At the end of the day bfing doesn't work for everyone and attitudes like Gisele's (and some comenters here) make it seem like they would rather your baby starve than have formula. That kind of extremism is helpful to no one. Gisele seems to have graduated from the Gwyneth Paltrow School of Arrogance.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I wish our society made it easy for mothers to breastfeed there children for six months; or better yet a full year.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 7 years
And oh, before I forget, painless birth is a big fat lie!
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