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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

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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