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Gisele: Breastfeeding Should Be 'Law,' It Helped Me Keep My Figure (UPDATE, POLL)

First Posted: 08/02/2010 3:21 pm Updated: 05/25/2011 5:15 pm

UPDATE 8/3:

Gisele has backpedaled a bit, posting this on her blog:

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. 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. 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.

As reported 8/2:

New mom Gisele Bundchen--who famously gave birth to 8-month-old son Benjamin at home in a bathtub --tells the September issue of Harper's Bazaar UK that she thinks breastfeeding should be mandatory for the first six months of the child's life.

The 30-year-old supermodel told the magazine "Some people here [in the U.S.] 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?'" adding "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."

In the interview, Mrs. Tom Brady also reveals her post-baby body secret: "I think breastfeeding really helped [me keep me figure]."

Quick Poll

Do you agree with Gisele?

Yes. I think breastfeeding a child for the first six months should be law.

Sort of. I don't think it should be law, but it should be encouraged.

Not at all. I don't think children should be breastfed, period.

Whatever. I don't think it matters if they're breastfed or given formula.

The supermodel is outspoken about her belief in natural childbirth. Not only did she give birth in a bathtub, but she also used yoga and meditation--not drugs--to help her cope with the pain. She tells Harper's that meditation "prepared me mentally and physically. It's called 'labour' not 'holiday' for a reason, and I knew that."

(Via The Daily Mail)

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