iVillagers Voice Opinions on Breastfeeding and the Working Mom

The iVillage community responded in droves to two big stories this week -- the firestorm gorgeous supermodel and new mom Gisele Bundchen created with her call for a worldwide law that would require moms to breastfeed, and a recent study that found that kids of working moms might actually end up faring just as well as kids of stay-at-home moms. (That's good news for this working mom!)

We decided to step further into the debate for a segment for LX New York, a lifestyle show on NBC's local affiliate in the nation's number-one market. We asked for your responses and reported them on the show.

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While a majority of you thought Bundchen's call was just plain "dumb," in the words of iVillage member Carmen, a number of you also thought her comments were blown out of proportion. Bundchen herself later said her words were taken out of context.

"Breastfeeders are most often portrayed as problematic in the media," said iVillager nisupulla. "It makes good headlines."

But back to Bundchen's original statement. We asked if you thought breastfeeding should be required by law, and 95 percent of you who responded said no, while only 5 percent supported such a mandate.

"The right to breastfeed should be covered by our laws…but the act…itself should not because that removes choice," said harmony08.

"I would not support a drive to make breastfeeding a law, but I don't see that as an absolute impossibility," said cl-witch_power.

Working Moms, Breathe a Sigh of Relief
How long -- and how much -- a woman breastfeeds is sometimes determined by how quickly she returns to work, and working moms, take heart, there's finally some good news. A new study shows that while kids whose moms go back to work within the first 12 months of their lives show a slight cognitive delay, once you factor in all the positives attributed to working moms -- such as how they're shown to have greater sensitivity to their kids' needs -- there are few differences between kids of stay-at-home moms and kids of working moms.

We decided to ask what you think. Twenty-nine percent thought kids of stay-at-home moms are better off academically, none of you thought kids of working moms fare better, while a clear majority -- 71 percent -- said there wasn't any difference.

"I could not choose one of the three answers," said ka032006. "While I can't say there is no difference, I also do not think there is a direct relationship between work status and academic performance that would make it possible to choose one…status as being better."

"I have two children who were in daycare their first year and two who were not. It's the two who were in daycare that are the smartest in terms of academics," said sewchris703.

"It…makes me wonder if kids with two [stay-at-home] parents would be super-advanced somehow," said rollmops2009.

Thanks for your responses and keep them coming for future stories! In the meantime, keep the comments coming.

Does the working-mom news change your position on the stay-at-home vs. work debate? Chime in below!

Like This? Read These:
- Make Breastfeeding Mandatory? Get Real, Gisele!
- Gisele Bundchen Backtracks on Breastfeeding Comments
- Why Working Moms Should Let Go of the Guilt

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