World Breasteeding Week: Gisele Says Nursing Should be the Law
August 2, 2010
by Kate Goodin
© Harper's Bazaar UK
Harper's Bazaar UK's Fashion Issue -- featuring a story on Gisele -- doesn't hit newsstands until this Thursday, but a quote from her interview is already making the news outlets. According to the Telegraph, the supermodel said that all mothers should be required to breastfeed for at least six months:
''Some people here (in the US) 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?' [...] I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.''
The World Health Organization actually recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and up through 2 years, so Gisele's comment is not totally out-there. But should it be a law? Sound off on this controversy, moms.
It's World Breastfeeding Week through August 7. Stay tuned for a daily post on breastfeeding and be sure to share your thoughts, experiences and opinions on each post of the day.
Update: Gisele has posted a blog entry on her website responding to the controversy over her breastfeeding comment. An excerpt:
“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.”