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?