I’m totally embarrassed I missed these quotes from Gisele Bundchen when I was covering her Harper’s Bazaar UK cover yesterday. While Gisele did not discuss Bridget Moynahan, she did decide to ponitificate further about how she’s an amazing mother and how we could all learn at her feet (the feet of a perfect mother), and I totally missed the quotes. Ah, well. Better late than never, eh?
First, a little backstory on post-maternity Gisele: she’s an insufferable bitch. I know, I know. I like her too, and I think she’s interesting and she gives interesting interviews. But she’s also an insufferable bitch. She’s like the Brazilian Gwyneth Paltrow, always deigning to “advise” the peasants how to live their lives. In her Vogue cover story earlier this year, Gisele talked about her maternity weight gain and how quickly she lost it, saying, “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.” Then a month ago, Gisele claimed that her not even 7-month-old son Benjamin was already potty trained, because she‘s an environmentalist: “Diapers pollute the environment. Where does this garbage go?”
Okay, so maybe she’s not as bad as Gwyneth. But wait until you read the excerpts from Bazaar:
Gisele Bundchen has risked the wrath of new mothers everywhere for the second time this year. The opinionated supermodel, who preached about pregnant women ‘treating their bodies like garbage disposals’ in March, has now voiced her views on the breastfeeding.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the 30-year-old says, ‘I think breastfeeding really helped (me keep me figure). Some people here (in the US) 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?” I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.’
The Victoria’s Secret model gave birth to son Benjamin Rein in December, and claims that the eight-hour natural birth ‘didn’t hurt in the slightest’.
Speaking in the September issue of the magazine, outspoken Bundchen says meditating prepared her to give birth to Benjamin.
‘It prepared me mentally and physically. It’s called ‘labour’ not ‘holiday’ for a reason, and I knew that,’ she says. ‘You want to go into the most intense physical experience of your life unprepared? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Then I was ready and I thought OK, let’s get to work. I wasn’t expecting someone else to get the baby out of me.’
The super-mum was up and about making pancakes the day after the birth, and famously modelled swimwear within six weeks.
[From The Daily Mail]
Would I like to see a national, even an international discussion about breast-feeding? Sure. Would I like to see breast-feeding friendly laws go into effect everywhere? Uh-huh. Do I think breastfeeding is important? Yep, I do, but I have to admit something: I wasn’t breastfed as a baby, and I’m just fine. So are lots of babies who aren’t breastfed. Of course breastfeeding is awesome and the health benefits for the mother and the baby are incredible, but it’s also not the end of the world if a woman doesn’t breastfeed. I also think every woman has got to make that choice for herself and her baby, just like every woman has got to make her own choices about every part of her reproductive rights and her own body. Even if Gisele was just being hyperbolic – and I don’t even think she was, honestly – even putting that idea out there, to suggest that there should be laws demanding that women breastfeed – just ugh. I’ve said it before: Gisele needs to get a grip.
Bazaar UK photos courtesy of Zimbio.