What’s Your Take on Gisele’s Public Breastfeeding Display?

For some reason, the photo Gisele Bündchen posted on Instagram before the Victoria Secret Fashion show has sparked a rage of controvery.

GiselePersonally, I’m not so sure I understand why people are torn over this. She’s feeding her child while getting ready for work. Yes, there is a team of people surrounding her, but I’ve seen public displays of nudity more risque than that at the local coffee shop. Plus, her breasts are her living – in this photo she is on the verge of displaying them encased in lingerie for millions to see.

I do realize that she was on her soapbox when posing for this photo. She has stated on more than one occasion that her personal preference would be to have bottles banned.

“Some people here (in the U.S.) 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?’” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK in 2010 after having her son, Benjamin.  “I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”

Breastfeeding is natural. Unfortunately, breastfeeding a child over one year old has become somewhat of a taboo – at least in the US. I have personally received reactions ranging from “good for you” to “ooohhhhhhh” with a quick change of subject. And while I completely understand the need to wean earlier due to work or a personal need, problems with supply, or a need to get your body back, what I don’t understand is why there is such a stigma against breastfeeding a toddler.

Until the last 50 or so years, this was how babies were always fed. Working women and the convenience of other methods have made breastfeeding not so popular, but the fact remains that it is still nature’s very best food for a growing child. I mean, it’s specifically formulated for each individual baby!

But back to Gisele. I think the photo is stunning – much more beautiful than anything she wore down the runway. So “good for you” Gisele! Thank you for taking a stand and not being afraid of the response a photo like this was sure to get.

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3 thoughts on “What’s Your Take on Gisele’s Public Breastfeeding Display?

  1. What a beautiful picture! I have to say.. it doesn’t look like she’s a bit concerned with what others may think about it! That makes it even lovelier somehow!

  2. I don’t understand this myself either. When my husband showed me the article on this & how everyone was in such a tizzy over it, I thought, why. She should be applauded for it. I nursed my daughter. It was difficult & frustrating. I had mastitits twice & was even hospitalized for it, but I toughed it out for a year because it was what was best for my child. I don’t care what anyone says. If you choose not to, it is your choice & I do not judge you, but to try to defend it by saying that it is no better for the baby that formula is just a ridiculous statement. Your body is biologically engineered to nourish a baby. That is what breasts are there for.

    1. You put it in such a concise, wonderful way – I completely agree! I have very close friends that, for one reason or another, chose not to breastfeed. I would never judge them for it, and would be highly offended if they judged me for the decision I’ve chosen to make.

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