I try to stay away from breastfeeding discussions. Really, I do. I think every parent can make the decision for what’s best for both their babies and for themselves. However, this story caught me off guard:
Gisele Bundchen, the gorgeous, 30-year old supermodel with one child, recently told Harper’s Bazaar that there should be a law against giving babies infant formula for the first six months of their lives. In fact, here is exactly what she said:
”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.”
I find her comments incendiary, to say the least. My true, honest opinion is to do what works for you and your baby. Breast is best, but baby formula is an option for those who need or choose to use it. In this blogging “job” I talk to moms, new and experienced, all the time. Most can tell you that feeding is an incredibly important decision that few mothers take lightly. For a supermodel with one child to state that all mothers should do the same thing globally is out of line.
A few hours after the story broke, Bundchen apologized for her comments, backpedaling and stating “I am not here to judge…I think as mothers we are all just trying our best…”
It certainly sounded like judgment to me, but maybe I’m being oversensitive.
What’s your opinion?