Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding Backlash
Gisele Bundchen has taken to her blog to back down from controversial comments she made about breastfeeding in an interview with the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
Bundchen, who welcomed son Benjamin with husband Tom Brady last December, has raised the ire of critics after remarking that there should be a “worldwide law” demanding that new mothers breastfeed for the first six months of their baby’s life.
The 30-year-old supermodel — the world’s highest-paid catwalker — prompted raised eyebrows after she spat contempt at mothers who give their newborns formula.
“Some people 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?’ I think there should be a worldwide law that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” she said.
After her comments became one of the most chatted about watercooler topics of the day, Gisele’s hit the blogosphere to sing a slightly different tune.
“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,” she wrote. “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,” Bundchen added.
“I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best…”