Published August 05, 2010
Hey, Gisele Bundchen, thanks for declaring there should be a “worldwide law” requiring new mothers to breastfeed for six months after they give birth. Because guess what? Moms think there should be a worldwide law, too.
One that makes you shut up.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK — which hits newsstands today — Gisele gushes about her superior parenting skills since giving birth to son Benjamin, now 7 months old. The 30-year-old Gisele preaches: “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.”
The response? Regular New York mommies everywhere are dropping their formula in disgust.
Not only did Gisele inspire more than 500 comments railing against her on US magazine’s Web site, she’s even angered breastfeeding advocacy group La Leche League International. And that’s saying something.
“One mother doesn’t have to be wrong so that another mother can be right,” says the league’s Executive Director Barbara Emanuel, who notes that Gisele never contacted the organization to get involved. “There are lots of choices out there for women, and La Leche League respects those choices.”
Regular moms, who often have to work 9-to-5 after just three months of maternity leave, or who have problems getting their child to breastfeed at all, wondered what Gisele would do if they broke her “law.” According to La Leche League, only 13.3 percent of American mothers exclusively breastfed for the first six months or longer in 2007, the most recent year statistics were compiled.
“The hypocrisy is outrageous,” points out 33-year-old Manhattan mother Carolyn Castiglia, who breastfed her daughter Adriana, now 4, for two months before she had trouble producing milk, a struggle she wrote about on mommy blog strollerderby.com. “What about women who can’t breastfeed? Should they go to jail?”