Gisele Backpedals on Breastfeeding Comment
08/06/2010 - 16:00 ||
On Wednesday, we posted about a comment that supermodel mom Gisele Bundchen made to Harper's Bazaar magazine where she implied that breastfeeding your newborn should be the law. Giesele, who gave birth to eight-month-old son Benjamin and hit the runway just weeks later, said she thinks breastfeeding contributed to her incredibly fast post-baby slim down. In addition, she told Bazaar she couldn't imagine that a mom would prefer giving her child formula over breast milk. "Some people [in the U.S.] think they won’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 6 months."
Turns out, though, that Bundchen didn't actually mean what she said—or rather she didn't mean it in that way—and she definitely didn't know there would be such a backlash over her remarks about this tender issue. Angry comments and tweets forced the 30-year-old Brazilian to finally issue a special message clairfying her statements 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. 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. I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge."
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