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Breastfeeding: It’s A Hot Topic

It’s World Breastfeeding Week 2010. Today, on day 4, the midway point of the 19′th annual celebration, breastfeeding was a hot topic on The View in more ways than one.

Super model Gisele Bundchen has made tongues wag by talking about the importance of breastfeeding in the first months of a child’s life. “Some people (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?’” Bundchen says in the magazine’s September issue. In that interview she did with the UK edition of Harpers Bazaar, she called for a worldwide law requiring all mothers to breastfeed for 6 months.

Giselle had a home birth and has a diaper free baby. She is expanding beyond lingerie to become a breastfeeding role model. She ignited a furor with her comments, but they were not intended to offend, but rather to inspire other new mothers in their quest to do the very best for their babies. I admire her passion and how she models a conscious breastfeeding lifestyle.

Clearly, she has hit a nerve as evidenced by this clip from The View. What do you think?

1 comment

1 Kelly { 08.09.10 at 3:07 pm }

Breastfeeding is one of the most impactful and potentially empowering things a woman can do. I treasure every memory I have of nursing my second son. I fought hard for those memories as I have an unexplained prolactin deficiency which made it impossible for me to develop a full milk supply.

Perhaps, what Gisele meant to say was that all women should be supported in every way possible so that they have every opportunity to breastfeed their babies. Mandating by legal fiat that women must breastfeed is capricious and insulting. I will give Gisele the benefit of the doubt that perhaps because English is her second language, her words were carelessly chosen rather than intentional.

As you well know, some women have significant challenges at breastfeeding. Those challenges can by physical, cultural, social or personal. But they are challenges nonetheless.

And when a woman who wants to breastfeed can’t, what follows is often significant grief and anguish.

I doubt very much that Gisele is so cruel that she would want to add to that grief by introducing any measure of illegality to a woman’s feeding choice for her baby.

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