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It must be nice to be jaw-droppingly gorgeous, have a net worth in the mega-millions and know what’s best for women around the globe. Yes, I’m mocking supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s latest verbal bomb, the one where she insists there should be a worldwide law that requires mothers to breastfeed their babies for the first six months.
Look, honey, I think it’s pretty much been established that “breast is best,” and you’d be hard-pressed to find a mom out there who’s searching for the second-best beverage to feed her child. And yes, we know that most women can breastfeed successfully (if not always joyfully or painlessly). But most isn’t all. And formula isn’t rat poison, for crying out loud; it’s a runner-up option that parents have relied on for decades. And truly, to assume that every woman on the planet has the same level of education, support and resources that you do (according to Forbes, the Brazilian beauty is the highest paid supermodel in the world -- we're guessing she has a baby nurse and high-priced lactation consultant on speed dial) is both egotistical and naive.
I wonder how Ms. Bundchen would feel if a worldwide law required new mums to nurse for six years? Or if those milking mothers were required to pack on an extra 20 pounds to ensure optimally rich milk production? (Before you go ballistic, I’m not saying this is the case, I’m just asking "what if?") It’s one thing to pat yourself on the back for believing you’re doing the best by your child, but it’s another altogether to make the rest of us feel bad if we’re not doing it your way.
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