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Gisele Bundchen Says Breastfeeding Should Be Mandatory

Gisele Bundchen, world’s highest paid supermodel, thinks that there should be a mandatory worldwide law that women must breastfeed their babies for the first six months.

“Some people here (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?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” the 30-year-old Brazilian, who lives in the United States, told the UK Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

In an ideal situation, sure, it would be great if mothers breastfeed their babies for six months or even a full year or more. But, unfortunately, it’s not always so easy.

As Being Pregnant’s Ceridwen points out, Bundchen doesn’t acknowledge the real issues such as the need for “better parental leave options, more access for poor women to decent lactation support, wide-spread education about breastfeeding and nutrition in general, and support for working moms who want to breastfeed.”

Bundchen, who is married to football star Tom Brady, gave birth to baby boy Benjamin last December . She is far from the first celeb to have weighed in on breastfeeding recently. Bethenny Frankel blogged about her difficulties breastfeeding and Kourtney Kardashian blogged about her love of nursing.

Why do we care what models, actors, and other random celebrities have to say about breastfeeding or other parenting issues? Perhaps we’re just fascinated by the idea that these fabulously rich, famous creatures are somehow similar to us.

But the truth is that unlike most of us, the majority of famous parents have live-in nannies, private chefs, and personal trainers to help them lose their pregnancy weight.

Ceridwen nails it when she says that in theory, she agrees with Bundchen’s sentiment. “But when people in privileged positions make sweeping, ill-informed statements like that, which don’t take into account the complexities of the issue for rest of us, it can do serious damage to the cause of making breastfeeding an acceptable and shame-free option for American mothers,” writes Ceridwen.

So, no, Gisele, we don’t want to hear about how easy breastfeeding was for you or about your natural homebirth and especially not about how you were back in bikini shape within six weeks after giving birth. Sanctimommies are annoying. Supermodel sanctimommies are even worse.

Photo: flickr/gabriel marchi

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