Breastfeeding is a hot topic these days! Is it because August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month?
First it was Gisele Bundchen‘s recent comments about breastfeeding have sparked a controversy that has turned rather ugly. The supermodel, who gave birth to son Benjamin in December, recently told Harper’s Bazaar UK that she thinks there should be “a worldwide law” requiring mothers to “breastfeed their babies for six months.”
“Some people (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?’” Bundchen said in the magazine’s September issue.
Critics slammed the Brazilian beauty for her insensitivity towards other mothers with opposing beliefs. Gisele later responded to the controversy by writing on her blog, stating, ” My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law.”
Today actress Constance Marie wrote about her breastfeeding journey on PEOPLE in her final blog post. The moment her daughter Luna Marie rooted for her breast, she realized “nursing was a primal, natural thing that wasn’t so much my decision as it was a natural process. It was Luna Marie’s instinct so I would do my best to honor that.”
But for Constance, breastfeeding didn’t go perfectly. While in hospital, her milk didn’t come in quickly enough. She got the hang of it and breastfed her daughter like a pro for nine months.
When her daughter wasn’t gaining enough weight at 10 months, Constance supplemented with formula. “I had to admit it was out of my control … AND I WAS EXHAUSTED! Then it hit me — I was done.”
Constance went through a mourning period after she stopped breastfeeding but her daughter adjusted easily to formula. And she learned something very important: “I learned that MY BOOBS ARE AMAZING! I have always looked at them as just okay — less than average, ya know? But now when I look down, I think, “WOW! These girls are powerful!” I’m finally proud of them! Now I get what they’re for.”
Photos: PacificCoastNews.com/ People.com