Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Why Should Anyone Listen To Supermodels?

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen made waves after giving an interview to Harpers Magazine in which she said that laws should be enacted requiring women should breastfeed their newborn children for six months.
The supermodel, who gave birth to son Benjamin in December, recently told Harper's Bazaar UK that she thinks there should be "a worldwide law" requiring mothers to "breastfeed their babies for six months."

"Some people (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?'" Bundchen says in the magazine's September issue.

Soon after Bundchen's remarks were made public, critics slammed the Brazilian beauty for her insensitivity towards other mothers with opposing beliefs.

Bundchen, 30, took to her blog Monday night to clarify her controversial comments.

"My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law," wrote the model, who is married to NFL star Tom Brady. "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."
There's a whole lot of scientific evidence that tends to support breastfeeding for improving the health of both the mother and child, but why is anyone listening to a supermodel speak about medical matters? She's not an expert on lactation and it should be an individual's choice as to how to feed and raise their kids.

If I want to learn proper runway attire and etiquette, I'll consider her opinion accordingly. If I want to know about proper medical benefits and whether breastfeeding is appropriate (or should be mandatory), I'll consult the experts. Each woman has to make the decision for themselves whether to breast feed based on their particular situation.

Just because you're beautiful and have a bully pulpit doesn't give you any more insight or knowledge than experts on the matter.

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