Gisele: Breastfeeding Should "Be Law"

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has stepped away from her controversial comments that all women should breastfeed, but it's still breeding controversy.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen caused quite a stir recently, saying in an interview for Harper's Bazaar UK, that she thinks breastfeeding should be mandatory for the first six months of a baby's life. 

The 30-year-old supermodel told the magazine "Some people here [in the U.S.] 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?'" adding "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."

Since making those comments, Bundchen has stepped away from them, saying on her blog "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."

What Gisele said touched a nerve with a lot of people. What do you think? 

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  • by Kim Location: Craven County on Sep 1, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    I breastfed all three of my children for a year each. I definately think a mother has to do what works best for her and her baby. many people say they don't produce enough milk but that is not a very common occurance. Many doctors tell them to supplement in the beginning and then they don't produce because the baby isn't sucking. It's a viscous cycle. Mothers must also drink plenty of fluids and that doesn't mean sodas. If a mother really wants to breastfeed she should consult a lactation consultant and other experienced mothers before here baby is born to get advice. She should also schedule an appt for the consultant to come to her home after the baby is born. It does not come naturally and requires alot of learning. Mothers should not feel bad whatever way they decide to feed their babies. It is a personal choice we all have to make for ourselves.
  • by Stephanie Location: CHocowinity on Aug 16, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    I agree with Nikki from Greenville. When my chidlren were born, I had issues with breastfeeding. I could not produce enough milk and had to discontinue. I felt really bad about it because I knew breastmilk is best for the child and thats all mothers want.. whats best for their child. I remember sobbing because I could not. Please dont feel guilty if you can't. Formulas now on the market are good and will suffice.
  • by Amanda Location: Colerain on Aug 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    I am in the middle on this one. I just recently gave birth and I am breastfeeding, but it is not satisfying her. If I could, I would completely breastfeed as it is the best for her. However, there are some women that simply cannot breastfeed and they have to formula feed. There is nothing wrong with that. There are many reasons as to why women cannot breastfeed: it's not convenient (working moms can pump if they wanted), not enough milk produced, mom is on certain medicines, too painful (if done right it shouldn't be), baby is lactose intolerant, etc. Obviously Mrs. Tom Brady neglected to think before she spoke. There can be certain circumstances that Giselle simply didn't think about.
  • by Nikki Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Personally, I think her comments were a bit insensitive. After having my daughter, I tried to breastfeed but after three weeks my milk dried up. I felt guilty about not being about to do it for longer, but then I realized that I was not at fault. Her comments make will make some mothers who want to breastfeed feel horrible about their choice to use formula. My daughter is healthy and at a great weight.
  • by donna on Aug 13, 2010 at 11:01 PM
    I agree with her. I breastfed all 4 of my kids for over a year. It is a personal choice but I feel like we make it too easy for mom's to get formula. We would probably have a more healthy kids population if more mom's breastfeed.

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