Gisele Bundchen Says Breastfeeding Should Be Required By Law And Parents Everywhere Freak Out.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen recently had a foot-in-mouth moment, noting that there should be a "Worldwide law" that requires all mamas...
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen recently had a foot-in-mouth moment, noting that there should be a "Worldwide law" that requires all mamas to breastfeed “Their babies for six months”. Gisele, who gave this bold statement in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, has since made a public apology for her statement, which frankly, irked a ton of mamas and other breastfeeding advocates.
Why the fuss?It's all good and fine to be seriously aboard the breastfeeding train. In fact, I highly recommend every mama at least give breastfeeding a try before giving a bottle. The major problem with Gisele's comment is that no, breastfeeding shouldn't be a "Worldwide law." Like vaccines, like circumcision, like education and all the other parenting choices we face, breastfeeding IS A CHOICE. As I've said time and time again, not all parents walk the same path. To assume as much places serious pressure and unrealistic expectations on all mamas. Gisele's comment resulted in a massive mama attack against her comment at US magazine’s Web site, managed to upset pretty much the entire parent-blog community and even angered breastfeeding advocacy group La Leche League International. La Leche League Executive Director Barbara Emanuel responded to the issue in a New York Post story, advocating a more moderate approach, “One mother doesn’t have to be wrong so that another mother can be right,” Emanuel says. “There are lots of choices out there, and La Leche League respects those choices.” What's next? Gisele has backed down, apologized, saying, "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," and likely won't be giving parenting advice again anytime soon. What I think: Of course I think parenting choices, including breastfeeding, are just that - choices. Some mamas breastfeed, some don't. What really matters is that we try to make the healthiest choices possible for our babies and us, with the resources we have. Still, I do think people are coming down a little hard on Gisele. She's not the first mama to make an annoying comment. She won't be the last. I think her passion (and quite possibly hormones) got the better of her. And, really, should we judge her too harshly? I hear comments from mamas I know all the time saying other parents, "SHOULD DO" this or that. Really - take a look at the comments parents left on this circumcision post or this vaccine post right here at P&B. Once we have kids we all like to give advice, and that advice is often based on personal choices and experiences. Any parent (self included) who says, "I never tell other parents how to parent" is not being very honest. We all do it - think about the things other parents say to you. That said, I think we should ease up on Gisele, who is just now finding her way as a parent, worry about our own interactions with other parents and allow this to die down. What do you think of the whole Gisele breastfeeding controversy? [image via Splash photos]