I had to ask what she said and then did some Googling and found this...
Isn't she a clever lady?
What an excellent idea!
Mother's should be forced by law to breastfeed for at least six months.
'There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.'
Of course, they should....in a perfect world.
But who's living in a perfect world?
I had trouble getting breastfeeding started with both of my babies.
Neither would attach properly for days.
I'm not going to go into details but I'll just say it was incredibly frustrating being a new mum, having a gazillion midwives telling me different things, grabbing me, poking me, prodding me. And my husband was even more frustrated...with me...for not 'just doing it!'
Anyhow, we got there. I fed my first for 10 months and my second baby for 13 months.
But I'll never forget that both times, during the battle with the babies, I was praised by two different midwives for not giving up.
At the time I thought..
What do they mean, not giving up?
How can you give up??
You can't just not try to feed your baby.
It never occurred to me to try the bottle.
I can empathise with those women who try and try and it just never works.
Thank God we have other ways to feed babies.
Thank God we live in a time where babies can be nourished with a bottle.
Because, you know what Gisele?
One size doesn't fit all.
And what of the women who (*gasp* shock, horror) choose not to breastfeed?
Or choose to give up after a very short time?
I suppose these are the women Gisele was referring to.
But again, shouldn't we be thankful that we can choose?
I know a woman who chose not to breastfeed, not for any reason other than...
she didn't want to.
She has three, beautiful, healthy children who look normal even...imagine!
And then I read on...but wait...there's more...
She follows up on this magnificent idea with these words...
'Not for one second did it cross my mind that I was not going to have my baby at home.
I am not the first person to give birth naturally. Billions of other women have come before me and have done this - so why can't I do it?'
Again, all good and well in a perfect world.
But I, for one, would have been in a heap of trouble had I decided on home births for my babies.
My first baby decided he wouldn't come out unless the ventouse was involved.
And after my second baby, some of the placenta remained inside and I bled a bit...well a fair bit, really. It's an awful feeling to be lying in a pool of your own blood. I was urgently rushed into theatre to have it removed.
So, I'm actually very glad I was in the hospital on both occasions.
But again, it's a choice thing.
We should be celebrating the fact that as women, we have choices.
Not smugly telling everyone your way is not only the best way, but the only way.
I just want to leave you with this...
What if Gisele forgot for a moment she was speaking to a journalist?
What if she was just good naturedly chatting with another 'person' and tongue in cheek made these sweeping statements because she is still feeling the afterglow of new motherhood?
Maybe her words have been taken out of context.
Like that's never happened before!
It's possible, right?
Smug is not pretty on anyone.
But who's being smug?
Food for thought.