Supermodel and new mum Gisele Bundchen has caused controversy after arguing that mums should be forced to breastfeed by law for six months
Gisele Bundchen has caused controversy after suggesting that women should be forced to breastfeed for six months, by international law.Gisele, who gave birth to son Benjamin Rein seven months ago also said that breastfeeding was one of the key reasons that she quickly regained her pre baby figure.“I think breastfeeding really helped. Some people here 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?’ There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.Gisele also suggested she found giving birth to be a painless process, as she practised kung fu and yoga while pregnant, “It prepared me mentally and physically, It's called ‘labour’, not ‘holiday’ for a reason, and I knew that.“You want to go into the most intense physical experience of your life unprepared? That doesn't make any sense to me. Then I was ready and I thought, ‘OK let's get to work’. I wasn't expecting someone else to get the baby out of me. I had to do it together with him.”Although Gisele isn’t the first celebrity to talk openly about breastfeeding, she definitely has a very controversial opinion on the subject. Have a look at our step-by-step guide to breastfeeding. If you need help, and if you are bottlefeeding, make sure you check out our advice for successful bottlefeeds.
I took it to mean that people should not bottle feed for no reason.
Lots of people can't feed for medical reasons, but just not wanting to is a poor start to your attitude towards your baby!
Breastfeeding is extremely hard and very painful to start with, but aside from all the bonding rubbish, it's easier, cheaper, cleaner, and better for your babies health, so to not want to strikes me as more than a little strange.
Express for freedom!
We have a CHOICE. We can bottle feed or breast feed. I tried to feed my daughter but it didn't work out. Was it me? Was it her? I don't know. All I know is that I changed to bottle feeding and she was happy and content. A law which stated I had to feed for 6 months would have left my daughter and I both unwell and miserable. I will try again if I have another baby, but I shan't beat myself up if it doesn't work again. A happy, loved, full baby is the most important thing.
Being a new mum is hard enough as it is without unhelpful comments such as this. We don't need more pressure, we need support to make the right decision for us and our babies, be that bottle or breast.
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