11:29 AM EDT, August 6, 2010
I have to be honest, I was going to title this post, "Gisele Bundchen: I Hate You," but then I figured that animosity like that was really the wrong reaction to her recent comments about breastfeeding.
Which, if you didn't already hear, entailed her saying during an interview that all mothers should have to breastfeed. That there should, in fact, be a breastfeeding law.
As I alluded to above, I don't want to judge or be mean, but GISELE, COME ON. Everybody hates you when you say nonsense like that. To her credit - um, I guess - she later posted a retraction on her personal blog. Well. Sort of a retraction, saying that she's "not here to judge."
I'm actually not writing this post to share any opinions about breastfeeding. That I think it's a great thing to do, or that I think moms who choose not to do it, or can't, are totally awesome moms, no questions asked.
This post is actually about Gisele Bundchen and how she needs to stop making everyone feel bad with her annoying little comments (in addition to the fact that she's a supermodel). Like how several months ago she went on the record about how her home bathtub birth didn't hurt at all.
Whether I believe her or not (I don't) isn't the issue. The issue is that we, as mothers, have the capacity to - and maybe have - said things like what she's said. And maybe we have the best intentions when and if we do. Or maybe we don't really think it through. Whatever the case, these holier-than-thou comments hurt people's feelings. People are way hyped up about motherhood. Maybe we need to direct our passions elsewhere, at least sometimes. There are plenty of other issues out there that do need our attention. Poverty, hunger and disease, to name a few. Let's direct our energy to the people who need it most. I'm pretty sure that's not the attentive new mother, who just so happens to be giving her baby a bottle.