Posted Thu, August 5, 2010 3:16pm EDT

Bonnie Says: $60 Million Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Needs to Shut Up and Stop Dictating Breastfeeding to Women

Posted Thu, August 5, 2010 3:16pm EDT

Be quiet and get a life – a REAL life, Miss. Perfect Supermodel Mom, Gisele! When you pronounced to the world in the new September issue of British Harper’s Bazaar that there “should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” you became new mom enemy #1.

How dare a pampered 30-year-old model who earns $60 million a year dare tell the world’s far less fortunate non-supermodel moms that they are negligent for giving “chemical food to your child when they are so little”? That chemical food would be baby formula.

Here’s Gisele’s full statement, so you can absorb it yourself: Some people in the U.S. “think they don’t have to breast feed, 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, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”

By the way, Miss Know-It-All Gisele is the mother of a 7 month-old son, Benjamin, and is married to the equally wealthy Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. The pair is sooo wealthy in fact that they are building a $20 million, 22,000 sq ft mansion with a six-car garage in Brentwood, CA.

To say that she has ANY concept of what real life moms and especially real working moms have to cope with when they are trying to breastfeed is the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year.

This is a woman who is waited on hand and foot while she shoots her Victoria’s Secret Angel, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Louis Vuitton advertising campaigns and her dozens of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar covers. I know — I’ve been on those type of shoots and supermodels like Gisele are beyond pampered by the stylists, editors, photographers, and hair and makeup people from even before they set foot on set. That’s what work is like for her! Does that sound like YOUR office or work environment?

This is a woman who can decide when or how much she wants to work. She’s already amassed a multi-millionaire’s fortune.

She didn’t have to negotiate for a lousy six weeks of maternity leave. She didn’t have to tearfully leave Benjamin at a daycare center or with babysitters when he was teeny, tiny – AND lug a breast pump to work!

Most women would LOVE to breastfeed their babies for six months or more. It’s a wonderful bonding experience. It’s relaxing, loving and yes, it’s nature’s way! Most moms are desperate to do what’s best for their babies!

I’m one of those moms who loved breast feeding my four little ones but I had to go back to work. Most women have to or else they’ll lose their jobs and they NEED the money to support their families. And I carted that breast pump EVERYWHERE – even to the White House, where I attended a conference for editors.

Let me tell you, Gisele – it’s not easy to breast pump at work with even the most sympathetic bosses. You need time and privacy AND even with pumping, your milk production slows down.

So Gisele – are you ready to supplement the incomes of mothers around the world so they don’t have to work for six months while they breast feed?

Would you throw breast-feeding delinquent moms in jail with their babies? Or would you foster an army of “wet nurses,” i.e. women willing to breastfeed the babies whose moms are in jail?

In case you don’t think Gisele is already Mrs. Perfect – let me lay on you a few of her other guilt-inducing doozies!

She naturally had a complication-free, chemical-free home birth in a bathtub that she has said was painfree. She told a Brazilian TV channel that labour “didn’t hurt in the slightest!” She meditated through Benjamin’s birth – “I wanted to experience the transformation,” she told Vogue magazine. “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body.”

Well – yahoo for you! Not only are you beautiful genetically – you are wonder woman and have super  pain-free powers. She also has weight loss superpowers since she dropped her 30 lbs of baby weight almost overnight and with “no more exercise than some yoga on a mat in the living room,” according to Vogue. “I think that’s muscle memory,” she says.

No – Gisele has no idea of what having a baby is like for the rest of us who beg for an epidural after excruciating contractions and then diet and work out for months and years to try and get back some semblance of our non-supermodel figures.

Gisele has the nerve to have already shot an underwear advertising campaign that probably didn’t even require an iota of retouching!

When life is sooo easy, it is easy to not recognize the challenges of moms who work or stay-at-home moms who have no help with their newborns and other children, or who simply have trouble producing enough milk for their babies or who simply chose NOT to breastfeed.

“Mothers, especially new mothers, don’t need anyone judging them, It’s completely ridiculous. Parents don’t need laws, they need support. And these days, it’s pretty much impossible to have a baby in North America without having a wealth of information at your fingertips. We all want healthy babies, we don’t need to bring jail into it,” says Caroline Connell, editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent magazine.

Even Barbara Emanual, Executive Director of Le Leche League International, an organization which encourages breastfeeding – is more down to earth!

“Breastmilk is the best milk for the baby, but we respect that mothers are the best person to decide what is best for her and her baby. Mothers all over the world have different lifestyles.”

Well thank you for being more understanding of all the beleagured moms in the world. Now Gisele, please go back to doing what you do best – looking beautiful – and please keep your breastfeeding dictates to yourself!

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Dr Ralph

Posted at 3:29 PM on August 4, 2011  

I’m not quite sure who you are bonnie, but quite frankly I think your uninformed opinions make you look a little silly. Take this from a doctor, breastfeeding is beneficial to your baby – the longer the better. No it doesn’t contain “Bad Toxins” – whoever said that is uninformed.

Please go do your research before you post articles like this, you just put rubbish on the internet.

Reading this article is offensive to both intellectual woman around the world and medical researchers who spent HOURS and YEARS researching this topic.

If for some medical reason you are not able to produce milk, that is a different story. Also, shes not actually saying it should be in the LAW BOOK, its simply an expression to explain how serious she is that its good for your child.

I think the internet gives NUMEROUS uninformed people too much to say about nothing. Lets see if you will actually allow this post to go live.

Regards Dr Ralph.

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ZX

Posted at 7:08 AM on August 16, 2010  

I’m with Gisele on this

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Dr Ralph

Posted at 3:32 PM on August 4, 2011  

At least someone on here has brains! I’m with you ZX

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Leelou

Posted at 5:09 AM on August 14, 2010  

Woah, this article really lays into her….and I like it. She really did put in some good points. I dont think the model MEANT anything bad by what she said but she was stupid for not thinking it over before she said it. She is not the average woman and therefore cant understand. Maybe she should just let her publicist do all the talking for her for a while. She is beautiful but doesnt appear to have much tact.

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me

Posted at 9:21 PM on August 13, 2010  

About the breastfeeding comment…

Gisele, and the ilk that always spew “breast is best, is a moron.

Fact: Breast milk contains many environmental TOXINS — PCBs, dioxin, mercury, phthalates — known to affect human health and development.

Fact: Breast milk commonly violates Food and Drug Administration levels for poisonous substances in food.

Quote: “Were it regulated like infant formula, the breast milk of many US mothers would not be able to be legally sold on supermarket shelves.”

There would be no debate about breastfeeding’s benefits *IF* breast milk were pure and untainted, but considering the facts, it’s time zealots and pretend know-it-all’s like Gisele SHUT UP, and society in general re-evaluate the pros and cons.

No one is really going to stand on their ground and argue that passing along known Endocrine Disruptors and toxins through breast milk is a good and healthy thing, are they?

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Orin Vee

Posted at 5:15 AM on August 16, 2010  

UNBELIEVABLE! Who do you work for…Mead Johnson (makers of Enfamil)? For those of you who don’t know, do a google on this company and see the lawsuits against them for making false claims. Also, the largest makers have been accused of price fixing to pad their already astronomical profits. Baby formula is VERY BIG BUSINESS and it will continue to spew false data in order to discourage mothers from using SAFER, HEALTHIER, CHEAPER, MORE CONVENIENT milk-on-tap.

If the highly misinformed/misinforming poster above doesn’t work for one of the formula makers, then he/she is one of the most deceived consumers that I have EVER run across on the net. Talk about someone who needs to shut up…SHUT UP!

Guess what? To do their part for obesity in America, Mead Johnson is now selling Chocolate and Vanilla flavored formula.

Did I say UNBELIEVABLE? UNBELIEVABLE!

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me

Posted at 2:00 AM on August 18, 2010  

And who the hell are **YOU**??

I don’t work for anybody, bozo. I don’t have an agenda. I just happen to think for myself. But I sure notice you’re all over the place touting your beliefs, and I might add stating it all as if it were facts, instead of just your *opinions*.

Well, you still haven’t grasped the *FACT* that dangerous environmental toxins are indeed passed through breast milk. What’s the matter? You don’t like that fact and can’t adequately answer it, so you just want to sweep it under the rug as if it didn’t exist? I don’t think so, sweetheart.

I’m not pro-breast OR pro-formula. And if your reading comprehension skills were as sharp as your pro-breast bias, then you’d know that I stated that breast milk would be ideal *IF* it were pure and untainted; however, since it’s NOT, then society needs to evaluate the issue with a fresh perspective. And in the meantime, people like you, Gisele, and all the other “breast is best” automatons need to SHUT UP and quit shoving your rigid, unilateral viewpoints down everybody’s throats.

Breast milk isn’t the be-all-end-all when it’s contaminated. And you can TRY to argue against that fact, but not intelligently. And saying so should in no way be misconstrued as an endorsement of formula.

As I said, the pros and cons need to be evaluated, and a solution needs to be found for the transmittal of toxins inherent to breastfeeding. As much as *YOU* may not want to deal with it, the problem isn’t gong away, and it doesn’t mean that infants aren’t being affected and suffering the consequences. With that in mind, it’s the height of arrogance for you, Gisele, or anyone else to dictate breastfeeding. Get over yourself.

Anything else on your mind, missy?

 
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me

Posted at 7:10 PM on August 13, 2010  

“muscle memory” LOL

What a liar Gisele is. There is no such thing as “muscle memory”.

Proof: Has anyone that’s physically active and regularly works out taken a simple two-week vacation (and a break from working out)? If so, then no doubt you’ve discovered upon resuming your normal workouts how *sore* your muscles are — only after two brief weeks of rest! That’s because muscles **DON’T RETAIN** physical conditioning for any length of time, and therfore why exercising *regularly* is necessary to maintain muscle tone and strength — because muscles aren’t able to hold on to the benefits.

Gisele is a liar when she tries to imply that she regained her shape because her muscles “remembered” their former glory. lol What utter rubbish! Pure poppycock! A load of BS! Bollocks!

She had to work at it and possibly resorted to plastic surgery. But to admit to it would make her sound — human. And she’d much rather have everyone believe that she’s “special”. But her muscles are not superior and certainly not endowed with special “memory” powers. lol

Pfft. lol

She’s a narcissist…pure and simple.

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Posted at 12:54 PM on August 13, 2010  

Gisele is inspiring indeed. Especially, because she’s not afraid to be so blunt. She happens to be right about everything and I’m glad she’s so “in your face” with her opinions. Might change a few minds.

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A

Posted at 11:04 AM on August 13, 2010  

Good for her. Judging from the nasty comments, I’m sure it pisses off a lot of women that she is right, perhaps not about making it a law, but about breastfeeding being best. Say what you want her, she’s obviously not lazy.

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Buttface

Posted at 7:56 AM on August 13, 2010  

I can’t wait for her to balloon and turn into the biggest train wreck, just like the rest of the people in the West!

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michele

Posted at 2:29 AM on August 13, 2010  

I’ve always long suspected that miss giselle boobs were fake so I personally find it funny she talks about chemicals in baby formula. I know breast feeding with implants is supposed to be safe but still. I dont know if her breasts are real or fake but….

She is entitled to her opinion but she also has to know her opnion will get attention and responses. Oh well she may think before speaking next time! Oh yeah and some may think she has no right to be judging others ( what’s right and what’s wrong)when she decided to hook up and marry a man who thought it was a great idea to impregnate someone and then bail on the relationship.

That’s just my opinion!

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sd

Posted at 9:04 PM on August 12, 2010  

This article is more of just a jealous rant than about an informed discussion about breast feeding.

Guess you missed the study that shows breast fed babies are more intelligent than bottle fed babies as well as healthier.

In case you don’t read anything other than cereal boxes women who choose to breast feed are discriminated upon and treated well, just like your doing right now.

You haven’t a clue though…dumb dee dumb dumb dumb.

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ally

Posted at 10:57 PM on August 13, 2010  

i agree!!!

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Danielle

Posted at 3:16 PM on August 12, 2010  

Bonnie, Your mindset is the reason that women have painful hysterical labors and problems breastfeeding. You give license to hysteria when you claim that joyful pregnancy, labor, delivery, and nursing are privileges of the wealthy.

I’m not wealthy. I’m a working mom who returned to work 10 days after giving birth.

Chemical free home birth, painless, and super successful breast feeding. You know why? Because it is what I believe is best for my baby so I chose to do it. I chose to believe that I am strong enough to be what my baby needs. I chose not to whine about motherhood and birth being hard. I chose to do something.

And you know what else? I was in my pregnancy clothes 21 days post partum.

Bonnie– stop whining. Just because you can’t do it doesn’t mean that moms who can do are bad people.

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A

Posted at 11:02 AM on August 13, 2010  

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I love that.

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A

Posted at 11:03 AM on August 13, 2010  

You give license to hysteria

I love that.

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Orin Vee

Posted at 1:39 PM on August 12, 2010  

One more comment and I am going to shut up. I noticed several comments about a woman’s inability to produce milk. This is almost always a lack of understanding on the mother’s part.

When a baby is first born, it needs very little nourishment. It will sleep most of the time. This works out perfectly because the mother has very little milk in the beginning. However, the latching on to the breast by the infant triggers milk production in the woman’s breast. The continual emptying of the breast forces the breast to produce more milk. This is why it is important to ‘milk’ the breast with pumps, etc. (if you are not able to feed the baby for whatever reason) so that milk production is stimulated. It basically works on the principle of supply and demand. More demand, more supply; less demand, less supply. Rest assured, as the baby’s hunger increases, the mother’s milk will increase.

Most mothers give up in the first few days when the baby is still not really interested in feeding. Don’t give up too early, be patient and be rewarded with one of the most loving acts that is available both to mother and child. My daughters are grown now and one of them has her own child but the loving bond between my wife and our daughters is a thing of beauty…they are BFFL!

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Orin Vee

Posted at 12:56 PM on August 12, 2010  

Bonny: Once again, you are clueless about motherhood, science, and whats best for all. Couldn’t vote in your poll because both choices are WRONG! Gisele is right, it should be a law for mandatory breastfeeding. Furthermore, since mothers would be required by law to breastfeed their babies, employers would also be required to provide a comfortable environment for the mothers to do so. The idea that breast-feeding is disgusting, dirty and sexual needs to be eliminated from western society by making it as everyday and commonplace as a woman applying lip gloss. Stupidity has ruled for too long in America…let’s all get real!

Breastfeeding is not only good for the baby but it is also good for the mother. The act of breastfeeding helps return a woman’s body to its pre-pregnant condition (contracts the uterus, etc.)and reduces the risk of cancer of the breast, the uterus, and the ovaries. It helps prevent osteoporosis and it promotes significant weight loss. It helps prevent postpartum blues and delays ovulation (hence, it prevents pregnancy). It’s also cheaper and much easier and much safer.

Then, of course, there are the benefits for your child. The antibodies present in mother’s milk keep the infant safe from many childhood diseases. The emotional well-being of the child is immeasurable and the mother-child bonding is beneficial for both.

Gisele should be praised for her comment and not be ostracized. Breastfeeding is NOT a financial burden; its financial relief.

Bonnie, I can’t believe that you mothered four children and could STILL talk this way. Did your mother raise your children? Nannies or daycare? Has the glitz of Hollywood really screwed you up this much? Shame on you!

P.S. I sense a little envy on your part of Gisele and her man Brady.

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Nataly

Posted at 12:05 PM on August 12, 2010  

Thank god we can have a 3-year long maternity leave if needed in my country. And keep the job after we come back. You, Americans, should be angry with your really bad social legislation, not the model.

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hunter

Posted at 10:40 AM on August 12, 2010  

“GIVE ME A BREAK PEEPS”….IT WAS “HER” OPINION DUHHHHHHHHHHHH. AND LIKE THEY SAY OPINIONS ARE LIKE A#@HOLES EVERYBODY HAS ONE. GEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

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On the River

Posted at 6:54 PM on August 11, 2010  

I’m surprised by the quote of the spokesperson from La Leche. When I was working as a nurse those ladies were almost militant! They were downright hateful to women who chose not to breast feed and even worse to women who couldn’t! If they’ve changed their tune, good for them. If the statement was made to look better than Gisele, it wouldn’t surprise me.

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Krugerzinha

Posted at 3:53 PM on August 11, 2010  

Vá lá meninas! Não a defendam só por ela ser brasileira, francamente! A Gisele devia ter mais cuidado com o que ela diz. E para já, ela tem fama de pôr a pata na poça… não é a primeira vez! Ea não devia nem se quer ter mentcionado isto, quando ela se despe para tirar fotos sensuais. Que reputação é que ela dá ao coitado do filho dela. As vergonhas que ele tem que passar por causa dos futuros amigos que vão cobiça-la para o seu prazer. Sim Gisele, não apontes o dedo, porque tens mais virados para ti. E se não foi isso que quiseste dizer, faz as tuas entrevistas em português!

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irene kuffour mensah

Posted at 2:44 PM on August 11, 2010  

nothing is wrong with what giselle said

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Brazil Sucks

Posted at 12:45 PM on August 11, 2010  

I think it’s funny that all the stupid Brazilian women flock to defend Giselle just because she’s Brazilian. And the comments about American kids’ poor diets are so cliche. I bet some of you have never even been here. You are just going off of what you see and hear on TV. There’s nothing wrong with saying breastfeeding is important, but what she said was just downright snooty from someone who had an easy time breastfeeding. I wonder if she had a medical problem (mastitis perhaps?) would she be so condemning to the women who don’t breastfeed? Her easy experience makes it easy for her to lump all of us American women into her bias and make a quick judgement. That is just ignorant.

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Orin Vee

Posted at 1:18 PM on August 12, 2010  

Brazil Sucks: Your name says it all. Your feelings towards Brazilian women mirror the animosity that Hitler felt towards Jews (and homosexuals, etc.). Jealous, are we?

As far as medical problems…most medical problems are caused by…medicine!

Sure, there are reasons why a mother shouldn’t breastfeed: she’s on crack cocaine or heroin, for example. In that case, she just needs to clean up her act so that she might be able to be a sufficient mother.

You know what I find ignorant?…the name you chose to log on with.

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rsd

Posted at 10:03 PM on August 10, 2010  

People: mothers produce milk for a reason. It is obvious that nature intended for mothers to breastfeed (although there are some mothers who cannot, and that is OK). We should, however, defend the rights of the working mothers in this country, rather than bash those who dare speaking their mind. Whoever said that Gisele should go back to Brazil…you are right! She should. Life is, for mothers and their babies, much easier there! Without a doubt.

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Hannah

Posted at 12:15 PM on August 10, 2010  

I vote neither! And money and wealth have nothing to do with it! In fact breastfeeding is free the last time I checked! and cans of formula are like what? 20$? I think it’s selfish to deprive your baby of all the nutrients and health benefits of breast feeding!

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