Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gisele's Breastfeeding Comment- Agree/Disagree?

I actually heard this first on the way to my doctor's appointment the other day, if I had not heard it then I probably would have never known. Anyways, super model Gisele Bundchen made a comment in an interview about breastfeeding. Here is an article on the comment made.


I feel like she may have been making a random statement just like all of us do in everyday life, I myself have made a similar statement about breastfeeding but did not mean I was going to go straight to have a law made for it. I feel like it may be getting way blown out of proportion! People make comments all the time like "You should have to have a license to have children", do you think they are serious? I feel like she is getting torn apart.

I am lucky enough to have been able to produce milk and have a baby who took to it without any hesitations, so I had no struggle, but I know that is hardly the case for a lot of mothers.

I luckily was able to breastfeed Vincent for 10 months, but a few months after getting pregnant with Luke my milk supply dramatically dropped, so I was forced to switch to formula, I of course was upset because I personally had really wanted to make it to his first birthday but obviously my body would not allow it. I had truly felt that Vincent had been so healthy those first 10 months thanks to my breastmilk, I will never know clearly if that is true or not, but he was lucky to be very healthy.

I am hoping to breastfeed Luke for a full year if possible, but I understand it may not be possible if he does not take to it as well as Vincent or if for some reason my body does not react the same way in producing it. 

I do think breastfeeding has amazing benefits not only for the child but also for the mother, but I know it is not for everyone. It would be great if we all could breastfeed but it is demanding and hard, and sometimes is not physically possible for the mother.

In my eyes I do not think it should be a law, and everyone has their opinions on how they want to feed their child, but in a "perfect world" if women can do it, I think they should for them and their child's well being if they are physically capable and willing to.

 I do believe that better education and resources should be available because of such low numbers of women actually breastfeed their babies in the US.  I think that with better support, education, and awareness so that the general public has less stigmas about it would make things easier for those mothers who chose to breastfeed.  Studies do show that babies who are breast fed are sick less, fewer die of SIDS, they have stronger immune systems and the bonding benefits are awesome.  But a choice is still a choice.

I am not looking to start an argument or anything but I know this is huge topic. Do you think Gisele's meaning was misconstrued and made into a bigger deal than it should have been? What are your thoughts?

5 comments:

  1. I attempted to breastfeed my oldest and had such difficulties (and no support) that I quit after just a month or two. With my 2nd, I gave it an honest attempt and had much better success (and support). I nursed her up until she had her first teeth - around 9 mos.

    I am also sympathetic to those moms who may not be able to breastfeed. It's all a personal choice in my opinion -- and as long as your baby is loved and cared for, then it shouldn't matter at all.

    Thanks you also for your kind comment on my blog about the loss of my Shepherd. I really appreciate it!

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  2. I think it is her opinion, and she is allowed to have it. The media is so anti-everything that they will turn it around just to cause a problem so that they can sell more papers, get more hits or whatever. Yes I think they are blowing it out of proportion.

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  3. You know I had problems BF so I was a FF mama and I don't think what she said was that bad. I think it was blown way out of proportion. If I could BF 6 mos I totally would have. I think it is better for baby and was sad I couldn't. People need to stop taking everything so crazy. ~Tera

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  4. I fought tooth and nail to BF. After Mika having trouble latching the first few weeks, I swore I was going to quit....but I continued. Then, she used me as a human pacifier for another 6 weeks, and I swore I would quit by three months. Then, when my milk supply dropped so low when she was three months, I pumped 10-12 times a day to increase it, with no luck. I had to supplement about two ounces every bottle. I said "I'm quitting by six months!" I pumped until she was 7.5 months. WIth one last ditch effort I made a call to my LC, basically just to tell her I had done everything possible to increase my production, and was only getting about 12 ounces a day. Including getting up at 3 am just so my body would think it needed milk around the clock. She finally recommended a drug to help increase my production, and was still approved by the AAP. About two weeks after taking it, I noticed a huge increase in production, and I went back to nursing Mika full time. I thought she would never go back to nursing after having had a bottle for 4 months. She did, and everything is going great. I can see the article about Gisele, so I can't comment on that, but I can say something about people who give up BF too easily. I have had friends who said "I tried for an entire week, and the baby would BF" PLEASE!! I worked my butt off to give my baby the best. I didn't have an easy time, but was willing to put the effort in because I know it was best for HER! Of course, everyone has a choice to BF or FF, but I get so sick of people telling me how hard they worked, and they "couldn't BF" I'm not trying to brag. I'm just sharing that you can give you baby BM if you want to. If they won't eat from the boob.....PUMP! It takes a big commitment, but it's so worth it.

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