Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and mum to seven-month old son Benjamin, has caused a media and public outcry after comments made by her in an interview published in the September issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Gisele, 30, who gave birth earlier this year, got her model figure back just days after her son was born.
She told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘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?”
But the statement that caused most upset was her assertion that: ‘There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.’
Gisele has since attempted to justify her comments, posting on her blog ‘My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children.
‘Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions, I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child.’
The Brazilian-born model expresses regret over how her comments came across: ‘It’s unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white.
I am sure if I would just be sitting talking about my experiences with other mothers, we would just be sharing opinions,’ she writes.
‘I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best.’
What do you think about her original comments regarding breastfeeding – is she right to use her position to make comments like this in support of breastfeeding, or is she just adding to the pressure on new mums to be perfect? Add your comments here