August 4th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
Judging by Marquee reader reaction, it seems supermodel Gisele Bundchen might have made a boob of herself when she told Harper's Bazaar U.K. that breast-feeding should be mandatory for all new moms.
"There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months," she said. "Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?"
Well, yes, according to an overwhelming number of Marquee readers.
"Classic ignorant statement by someone who is only known because of how she looks in her bra and panties," commented BFD. "Some mothers can't breast feed, either because of medical reasons or because their baby isn't one they gave birth too."
Another commenter, Cheryl, added that "Breastfeeding is a VERY personal decision...I didn't breastfeed because I actually don't feel comfortable with it. SO THERE GISELLE! What a freak."
Commenter E, who is the father of an adopted son, said that "It's love that matters, not where the milk comes from. So, stop doing public appearances and magazine shoots, and raise your baby."
And perhaps Angela summed it up for everyone by commenting, "Do your own research but please don't get your information from some model that just popped out a kid and now she thinks she's an expert. She's quite self-righteous, judgmental and apparently she's so intelligent that she knows what's best for all children and mothers."
After realizing the impact of her words, the 30-year-old Brazilian bombshell cleared the air on her blog, explaining that she was simply sharing her thoughts and not imposing her views on anyone else.
"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," wrote the mom of 8-month-old Benjamin Rein.
"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," Bundchen clarified.
She went on, "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."
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