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Should Breastfeeding be the Law?

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This morning while watching the news (which on occasion I do to make sure there are no minors stuck in coal mines or Ben & Jerrys hasn’t put out a new flavor) and what do my wondering ears should I hear?

A story about Giselle Bündchen, you know- that leggy supermodel that makes 20 million a year and married to hunky Tom Brady and has probably never had a zit in her life, talking to Harpers Bazaar about breastfeeding.

Nothing annoys me more than celebrities and rich people preaching to others about what we should or shouldn’t do. Sometimes I think rich people need to just shut up and have no opinions. Be grateful they are…well…rich.

Anyhoo.

She says:

“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?’

Then she continues:

“I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breast-feed their babies for six months.”

At first I am slightly put off that she is referring directly to the US in her first quote. Are we last in breastfeeding or something? I don’t know much about it to make an educated comment, but calling out an entire country is just kinda rude.

Shortly after those quotes hit the fan, an additional statement released that was total backpedal city.

Something about her not judging moms. Umm…that train has left the station.

What do you think? Do you think that Breastfeeding should be a LAW?

~Trisha

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  1. it should definitely be the law that all women must breastfeed, whether or not they even have children. all citizens should also be required to write good poetry, perform improvised singing on the stage, travel the world, speak three languages, cook creatively, earn graduate degrees, and help people with mental disorders navigate their ups and downs.

    i’ve done all those things. unfortunately, after ten weeks of intensive work, lactation consultants, breast pumping, herbal supplements, skin to skin time, nipplr shields, supplementation systems, and the like, i still have a bottle baby who rejects the breast. today i’m giving up. i’m down to two times a day pumping, and have resolved to stop “making the breast available” to the poor tyke, who clearly wants nothing to do with boobs.

    i’ve cried over this enough. i don’t need some batshit supermodel—or her earnest equivalents in the La Leche movement—trying to make me feel worse.

  2. My opinion is that when it concerns a persons body, there should NEVER be a law telling an adult what they can and can and cannot do. While I believe that breastfeeding is best for a baby, there are those of us who are unable to do it for our children (myself included) and many people make us feel horrible for that.
    I think Giselle is just an idiot.

  3. I already let her have it on my blog today. I never liked that wench, now I have a good reason.

  4. oh how i wish i could have. but i was recovering having a high risk pregnancy myself w/ a son in the NICU. i pumped for several weeks. Then I prayed that the water would be turned into wine..that the formula would have the nutrients of the breastmilk. Talk about guilting people.. no it should not be the law. But they could put extra supports in for folks that really want to but don’t have the help to do it. (I put this along the same lines a law dictating what homemade lunches should have in them. You can dictate what schools have in lunches..but parents need to be able to dictate what they put in homemade lunches.)

  5. I tried to breast feed 2 out of 3 of my kids. I wanted too so bad, but it was not meant to be. my knockers are just too darn huge and I think I scared my babies away!

    Anyway I dont think it should be law…that’s just crazy.

  6. You’re kidding right? She made this statement? Ummm….my answer to this question would be ABSOLUTELY NOT! Come on! Let’s make all those moms out there who were unable to breastfeed feel worse than they already (maybe secretly) do. I breastfed for 5 months and felt so guilty about stopping, but in the end, it was what was best for both of us. This is the same Gisele who claims her 6 month old is now potty-trained, correct? Wow, she sounds like a lot of fun! I’ll be sure to invite her to my next social gathering (oh wait, I don’t have many of these). Well, I’m sure my husband would still want her there :-) Guess it’s true, you can’t be a gorgeous supermodel married to Tom Brady and be intelligent :-)

  7. Law? No. I think that like with everything people have to make informed decisions about what’s right for them and their family. We chose not to breastfeed Sarah for a variety of medical reasons. (AFTER speaking with doctors and doing much research) Do I regret it? At times. Do I think that it was best for her at that time? Yes. Do I think so now? Who knows. The problem is you can always go back and question your past choices. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be a parent. Or maybe human. Do I think a supermodel has the authority to judge MY choices? ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY NOT!

  8. She’s crazy. She also said that giving birth didn’t hurt. She’s gone Supermodel Crazy, I tell ya. The flashes from the cameras from all the photoshoots she’s done must’ve messed up her Supermodel brain.

    I breastfed both of my kids and some of my best friends have formula fed their kids…who happen to be incredibly smart and healthy. So I say, whatever works best for the mother! Take that, Gisele.

  9. Christine says:

    Oh, I was so irritated when I read this! Not everybody has an easy time breastfeeding, I know I didn’t with my 1st born, and I was already going through some post-partum anxiety, so the fact that I could not breast feed, made my anxiety even worse. I wanted more than anything to breast feed and it just was not happening. So for her to say that, so holier than though, makes me so mad, just the way she acted like everyone should gain 0 pounds during pregnancy! She is a piece of work!

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