What Matters? 1

Mimi ON Aug 06, 2010 AT 9:44 am

Gisele Bundchen and her baby

Gisele Bundchen and her baby

Gisele should get back to the day job (where she’s not required to speak.)

Gisele Bundchen has given an interview to Harper’s Bazaar on how she got her body back after having her first child. That’s fine, she’s a model so expect the obligatory, “How I snapped back into shape .” The next part isn’t fine though. Ms Bundchen told the magazine she believes a worldwide law should be passed that requires every woman to breastfeed for six months and not give their baby “chemicals” like formula.

Right… and this is the same woman who in a previous interview said her 8 hour labour ‘didn’t hurt in the slightest.’ She also decided to dole out advice on how much pregnant women should be eating during pregnancy. She said: “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals.”

How irritating is this woman? She’s given birth to her first child and is now an world expert on how mothers should act before and after pregnancy. It’s her JOB to look good, if she didn’t exercise and stuffed her face, she’d be out of work.

Normal mothers shouldn’t pay a scrap of attention to Gisele. She is the world’s highest paid supermodel, presumably leads a very charmed life with her millionaire husband and presumably has a shed load of paid help in the form of nannies and cleaners. This is not a real woman who lives in the real world where she has to budget tightly, feels guilty about treating herself to a new dress, let alone paying out for nannies and cleaners.

I’m not a mum, so there are many more qualified than to me to talk about this subject in particular. However, I do know from my own mum and dear friends who are mothers that formula milk is not a chemical devil. My best friend is a fantastic mother who also is a superwoman juggling children, husband, house and a successful business. She literally can’t breastfeed her little ones all the time, so sees the formula milk as a lifesaving backup resource. OMG – busy woman feeds child formula milk, so it must be the end of the world!

Pushing the convenience issue aside does Ms Bundchen have no consideration or empathy for mums who are just not able to breastfeed? What about women who develop blocked milk ducts or those on specific medication who wouldn’t dream of putting their babies in danger by attempting to breastfeed? Gisele should also have some consideration for mums who have mastectomies or depression and are advised by medical professionals NOT to breastfeed their children.

You can’t judge a good mother by breast milk. What about a mother who doesn’t make bread from scratch or who serves her children from a packet? Just because she chooses this option, doesn’t mean she is a worse or less loving than a mother who rolls dough at 6am or who spends all day baking.

I’d also love to know how this ‘law’ would be implemented. How could it be monitored? Are we going to have to watch out for the breast police who will fine us if we whip out our boobs to our hungry children? Laughable isn’t it? Very much like Ms Bundchen’s comments.

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