Breast Milk: A Baby's Right or a Mom's Choice?

Gisele Bundchen recently enraged moms everywhere by saying breastfeeding should be mandated by law. Even nursing moms (myself included) thought her comment was ridiculous -- can you imagine a mother going to jail for giving her baby (gasp!) formula?

But the supermodel's slip-up created quite a discussion on our boards. Some moms brought up the idea that babies who aren't breastfed should still have the right to be fed breast milk, because of all its amazing nutritional properties and unique antibodies -- even if it comes from someone else's mom. Others felt breast milk sharing should never become mandated (and some thought it was just plain icky!). The debate rages on, so please join in. Here are some highlights:

"The right to breastfeed, and other legal protections that support the right to breastfeed, should be covered by our laws. But the act of breastfeeding itself should not because that removes choice, rather than permits and supports choice." -- harmony08

"Personally, I wouldn't like a law either way. What I would like is for breastfeeding to be normal in society again. And it would be great for wet nurses and donor milk to be available to those mothers who have problems with breastfeeding." -- wolfchild666

"Either the baby has a right to breast milk (from some source) or the mom has a right to formula feed. You can't have it both ways." -- jessica765

"[Wouldn't it be great if a mom] could walk into any grocery store and buy a can of breast milk because that was her first choice? And why should she have to give her baby formula, just because she is personally unable to breastfeed?" -- cl-witch_power

"It's very human to be grossed out by another human's bodily fluid, and many people don't see much of a difference between breast milk and saliva as far as the possibility of contracting disease, etc. Donor milk [can be] screened, but that's not enough for many people." -- kevali2010

"I would rather feed my baby formula than some other mother's milk." -- megabeach

What do you think: Should every baby have the right to be fed breast milk -- even if it comes from another mom? Chime in below!

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