Gisele Backtracks After Boob Job Over Breastfeeding Comments
NEW YORK (ASRN.ORG) - Women who choose not to breastfeed their children can breathe a sigh of relief, after Gisele Bündchen appeared to renounce her belief there should be a worldwide law forcing mothers to suckle their young.
Bündchen, 30, who in addition to her unofficial role as a children's rights campaigner is also a supermodel, made headlines earlier this week after expressing her nursing beliefs in an interview with the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar.
"I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months," opined the Brazilian-born US resident. She also questioned the wisdom of giving "chemical food" to children.
However, writing on her blog following the interview, Bündchen appears to have mellowed, saying she "wasn't here to judge" other mothers.
"My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law," she said.
"I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge."
The world's highest paid supermodel gave birth last December to Benjamin, her son by American football star husband Tom Brady, naturally and at home, having meditated through the eight-hour labour.
Bundchen's comments provoked worldwide uproar, but she said it was "unfortunate" they had been taken as "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," she said.
The assertion that there should be global breastfeeding legislation did not go down well on Mumsnet, with readers leaving hundreds of comments on the issue.
"How exactly would she enforce such a law. And what would happen to those that broke it?," mused amothersplaceisinthewrong, while StewieGriffinsMom thought of the implications closer to home, posting: "I think I don't ever want to get stuck in a playgroup with that woman."
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