Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This is ridiculous. Some people should not be allowed to speak in public

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Thinks Mothers Should Be Forced to Breastfeed - Pregnancy -

Okay, first, I LOVED breastfeeding. I think it is the greatest thing for baby and a great thing for mom. I am bummed that I stopped breastfeeding early but I have my reasons which no one has the right to judge. Anyway, this is kind of funny that a supermodel even has the ability to get a rise out of me because, c'mon, they aren't known for their brains. But, in the U.S., celebrity makes you an expert on everything from natural disasters, to adoption, to political and environmental concerns, to breastfeeding and motherhood. We eat up every word from vain, uneducated people and take it as its no surprise this has gotten press...but such is life, right?

Anyway, whether you breastfed or not, for reasons none of any of our business, you did great by your child by feeding it as best you can...whether from breast or bottle. Ugh.

One other target of scorn this week - hospitals that don't train their staff in breastfeeding awareness. My sister in law had a baby this week and the nurses didn't seem to be very helpful in teaching her about breastfeeding and colostrum and the fact that your baby's belly is literally the size of a small marble at birth (not the big shooter marble, the little itty bitty ones) and so they don't need ounces and ounces of milk or formula. Ugh. I'm surprised...I live in a relatively small area and our nurses went around with marbles on strings around their necks in order to reiterate to breastfeeding moms that they are making enough colostrum and not to worry about the fact that your milk hasn't come in yet. Ugh. Education. Its like you are fighting an uphill battle if you decide you want to exclusively breastfeed. I did a lot of research before having Teagan and insisted that she stay with me in the room because I had read that even if you say a baby is exclusively breastfed and you send them to the nursery, hospitals have been known to feed formula or give a pacifier against mom's wishes....which is just frightening! Anyway, if you are pregnant or are likely to get pregnant (or are working on it), definitely do your own research on breastfeeding, if it is something you feel that you want to do, because the hospitals in this country do not help at all.


Valeria said...

I completely agree with you! But in her defence, she says SHOULD, not MUST!

I have a few girl friends who chose not to breastfeed because it was too much work and painful... who knows maybe G was talking about women like that?!

Jill M. said...

Amen sister! We went to the nursery with Tyler anytime they took him and I was shocked to see the staff feeding 1 day old newborns 5 oz bottles of formula!!!! You have got to be kidding me!

Barefoot said...

This is coming from the same woman who said that having a baby "didn't hurt a bit," and that losing the baby weight was easy. Just what we all need -- more guilt about requesting pain meds, weight gain, and breastfeeding.

Sky said...

When you earn 5M/year (and your husband another 5M), you can afford not to work for years and breastfeed your baby. But when you MUST return to work earlier, it's not always practical. Never mind that it's simply not everyone's choice and it is JUST THAT, their choice!

Incidentally, I seriously doubt this woman consumes the appropriate amount of daily calories or exclusively wholesome, high quality foods (devoid chemicals) so her statement that formula feeding is chemical feeding is easily challenged by the FACT that most of us, no matter how hard we try, do consume some chemicals on a daily basis (I just had 3 Swedish fish last week, c'mon!) and if you're breastfeeding, you better believe baby is getting some of that as well.

Anyway, I say this: If you want advice on breastfeeding, talk to your baby's doctor. If you want advice on boy-cut vs. thong lace panties, ask [self-important, moronic] Giselle.

Sky said...


Her quote is contradictory - which isn't shocking, considering the ignorant hubris needed to publically state this:

"I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breast-feed their babies for six months."

Laws are mandates, not advice or suggestions (that's what the Pediatric society does).

Furthermore, WHATEVER the reason a woman chooses not to breastfeed (whether for convenience or vanity or because she plain just hates the idea), it's really no one else's business. Or the next step will be to condemn mothers who use epidurals and pain medications, mothers who must take medications for mental health, mothers who must return to work after 6 weeks, mothers who feed Gerber vs. home made organic meals.

Let's just reel it in now, when an arrogant idiot decided she has the corner of the market on what should be law.