Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Breastfeeding Law Enforcement

Gisele Bundchen statement about forced breastfeeding has become a hot topic these past few days. If some of you have never seen or heard her statement before then here it is

Some people here (in USA, red) 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 mother should breastfeed their babies for six months.

People react in different ways about this. Some consider this as an enlightenment of motherhood while some other consider this statement as an over reactive opinion which insulting the womanhood instead. Indeed, breastfeeding is the best food that a baby can get from her mom. But it’s not that easy to be a breastfeeding mom, you know? If you are a home maker like me, than maybe you will not face any problem about this lactation issue unless you must stop breastfeeding your baby due to a health problem. For a wealthy woman like Mrs. Bundchen here, I bet she has her own lactation expert who helped her 24 hour a day. Not to mention that Mrs. Bundchen can just stay at her exclusive, fancy home and spend the entire day with her precious new born baby. But what if you’re a factory worker mom who needs to work at least 7 hours non-stop and don’t have time to express milk? What if you are moms who share a large room with so many colleagues around you and don’t have a special space to do this in your office? If you’re on a manager level maybe you will have your own office door where you can have privacy for a moment. Will you punish these all mothers just because they can’t breastfeed their babies and considered to be disregarding their own motherhood?

It would be a disaster if the law enforces what a woman do with her body. Breastfeeding is not the mainstream of motherhood itself. Just because you didn’t make to breastfeed your baby for 6 months, it doesn’t mean that you will lose the entire meaning of your motherhood. There’s no law in this world could ever enforced women in this world about their own body and punish them for not obey it. Besides the formula milk is not a poison itself because basically, every mom wants the best for their children. Some moms are fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed their babies without have to think about jobs for living. But most other moms are just not that lucky. It’s not fair to judge their motherhoods just because they can’t breastfeed their babies. Or punish them because the hard work they did for living has made them failed to breastfeed for six months.

And Bundchen then released her newest statement due to the raise of objections and negative comments she received after her first statement above with this:

My intention is making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and belief about children. It’s unfortunate that in an interview things can seem so black and white. I’m sure if I would just be sitting talking with other mothers, we would just be sharing opinions. I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I’m not here to judge.

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