Gisele Can Suck It

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

 

So I recently became aware of the comments that supermodel Gisele Bundchen made to Harper’s Bazaar UK about breastfeeding: “Some people here think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think, ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?’” And then she went on to say, "There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.” Really, Gisele? Don’t get me started on why you suck. I’m just saying that you of all people shouldn’t be pretending to stand on moral high ground. While we’re deciding on new laws, I personally feel there should be a worldwide law preventing supermodels from shacking up with pregnant women’s boyfriends. I have a feeling Bridget Moynahan will be the first person on the congressional floor to help push that bill through to law.

 

Why do so many women pop out a kid and then suddenly decide they should be able to tell other women what they should or should not be doing? In my first book, Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay, I wrote a chapter about my bad experience with attempting to breast feed. For me personally, it was a terrible trauma that entailed nonstop crying on my end and the baby’s, exacerbated my post partum depression and in the end, wasn’t even worth the month (okay three weeks) I endured it.

 

I am approached by a lot of women at various functions (okay, fine, the few – very few- book signings I’ve had) who tell me how relieved they were to read my first book and find out they weren’t alone about breastfeeding becoming a huge ordeal for them. Quite a few of these women told me they quit breastfeeding but were afraid to tell their friends because they’ve been openly judged. Women like Gisele have no idea how many women among us don’t breastfeed but will lie and say they do. Why is that?

momofzandn
05.31.12

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I wish I could have read this with my first one for sure, and my second one too! I had terrible trauma with my first born and couldn't make it past 3 weeks. It was horrifying to tell my friend who breastfed for 3 years!! I am loving knowing there are more people like me. I didn't really know there were before now. You are an amazing woman. And yes, FUCK Giselle. She also said something about labor and birth being easy and that she got up the next day and made pancakes and cleaned house or some bull shit. Whatever....ridiculous!

nicholesieck
06.22.11

Thank you for this blog post. I myself struggled with the decision to even TRY to breastefeed. It was nothing that ever even felt slightly appealing to me, but I did it BECAUSE I felt like I had to at least try or I would be looked down upon. I tried breastfeeding for about 3 months, but by the time my son finally "got it" my milk supply had very much so depleted. It is so important to realize every one is different and it may not be their choice as you said. At the end of the day we should do what we are comfortable with!

Roe
10.04.10

My triplets were born two weeks premature, and I was limping all the way down to the NICU to bring them colostrum. I was pumping every two hours, and felt like a God. And then I came home with all three, and realized that they wanted to eat every two hours, and so how was I going to pump or even try to breastfeed them all at the same time?
Needless to say, I became a huge formula fan. I was also horrified to see what the breastfeeding/pumping did to my breasts. I felt horribly guilty, my parents made me feel guilty, and I felt like a horrible mother. Here I was, blessed with plenty of milk, and I was giving the babies formula. When people asked if I breastfed, I lied. And then I realized, I was much happier giving them formula. I was able to nap, my breasts weren't like huge cow udders, and we were all much happier. Before I had triplets, I definitely thought that women who didn't breastfeed were selfish. I know better now.

pattygmartin
08.31.10

I had every intention of breastfeeding...that is until I attended a breastfeeding class at the hospital. All that talk of bleeding nipples and failure to latch...ugghhh! I had no idea it would be that complicated and painful. And what about my husband? Surely, he too wanted to share the joy of feeding our baby, right? And besides, unlike me, he is a morning person, and a light sleeper too (great for 2am/5am feedings as it turned out). Well, in the end, our son made the decision for me. Failing to progress after 14 hrs. of labor, I delivered a nearly 10 lb. baby boy via C-section. While I was in recovery, he had sucked down more formula than I ever could have ever personally delivered. This kid was/is an eating machine. He just turned 13, and at 6'0, 125 lbs. he's healthy and athletic. I never regretted my decision not to breastfeed, except on the day of the Kindergarten field trip to the zoo. Learning about mammals, the kids were told how 'ALL' moms feed their young. That's when Jack shouted out "My Mom never did that!" Although mildly embarrassed, I admitted in front of all the other moms that he was right and we all had a good laugh!

tracybarsotti
08.23.10

This to me is just another example of how sad it is when women start judging each other. If there is one take away from all these great posts, it's that everyone has their own challenges and circumstances and should be free and confident to make the decisions that are the best for themselves (yes we might take our own needs into account for once), and of course for their children. I think a little empathy and a lot of support for moms across the board would be a very productive way for us all, and celebrities in particular, to model great parenting instead of having to always assert that their own choices are better than everyone else's!! Sheesh. That said, I also agree that there is a long way to go in this country to provide women the info and support they need to breastfeed (or not), especially as they are balancing back to work deadlines and family expectations. Good luck to all of us!

Caroline SG
08.13.10

Well, I DID have six months off (at full pay) after my son was born and could hardly have been more relaxed. Regarding breastfeeding, we did not have the luxury of "taking time over weeks" because my son lost weight dangerously in his second month of life: I could not produce enough milk. We had to "top him up" with formula or he would not have grown and thrived. Despite working with a lovely lactation consultant, I could not get my production up to a thriving level. We saw it this way: I was responsible for cocktail hour (left) and hors d'oeuvres (right), and the real meal came from the bottle. When my son was three months old, my husband came upstairs with the bottle to find us both in tears and asked "why are you still doing this?" The next day I called my midwife for advice on weaning and ablactation. And that accomplished, I finally stopped feeling sad and guilty about not being able to provide for my son. Who is now a happy, healthy four-year-old and our relationship could hardly be more special.

stay-at-home-atty
08.11.10

Do you take standing ovations? Hear this lactation fanatics out there. I CHOSE NOT TO BREASTFEED!!! And please shut up about the special relationship between mom and baby. I have a special relationship with my daughter. My husband and I created her. I carried her for 9 months and gave birth to her. Now we are raising a happy, healthy little girl. That's pretty darn special and no amount of her sucking on my boob would change how I feel about my daughter!

What I find hysterical is all of the moms I know who breastfed exclusively, but now their kids are addicted to McDs, Dunkin Donuts, and other processed foods. My daughter was the only one at a recent birthday party who didn't go crazy at the sight of a box of DD munchkins, because she was the only one of those kids who has never had a doughnut.

This must be the topic of the day. I just blew my stack over a woman who got shamed for adding a sample of formula to a swag bag at a mommy blogger event in violation of the WHO Code.

Jen29
08.11.10

You know what? I had the worst of both sides of this issue. I was told when I was breastfeeding my first child that it was inappropriate to do so in my own living room when my sister's boyfriend was there. I was covered up and so was the baby; there wasn't even a hint of breast showing. To top it off, the breast milk that I had meticulously pumped and put into a container in the fridge, my mother dumped because it had settled (as breast milk does). It was such a set back with my son that I ended up switching to bottle feeding (my mom had given him a bottle of formula, since there was no breast milk for him to have). On the other side of that, my fourth child would breast feed, no problem...but the poor thing was so milk protein intolerant, she couldn't keep it down, at all. We HAD to put her on soy formula, just so she could eat at all. And I got some very angry looks from the other women at my child's doctor's office waiting room. I would have loved to breastfeed her, but it just wasn't possible. Thank you for being a voice of reason.

scwelty
08.11.10

Ha! It must be nice to have Gisele's time and money. If she really wanted to help mothers and babies out there, as well as, her own cause, she might do better proposing a law where mothers get a year at home with their babies rather than the 3 months of traumatic acclimiation we get now. Maybe more women would have the time, energy, and concentration to focus on breastfeeding if they didn't have that return to work staring at them along with dirty lactation rooms and explaining why you need to find dry ice when you travel to peers at work! Breast may be best and everyone may be high on that boob; but, the world isn't configured to support that, especially for working moms. In the end, we just need to feed our kids and keep them healthy and sometimes formula just does that trick!

mommymerry
08.11.10

I tried to breastfeed my son and only managed the first week because I had a physical problem(flat nipples)that wasn't previously known to me. I wonder just how that law would have applied to me? Opinions are great to have but you know what they say about opinions?-just like a@@holes, everyones got one. Gisele should stick to what she knows, being a rich, skinny B!@#$.