Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gisele Bundchen: Breastfeeding Should Be the Law

Source: USA Today (Summary by NIM)

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! That's right, the World Health Organization kicked of World Breastfeeding Week this past Sunday, and how fitting it is that supermodel and new mommy Gisele Bundchen has just spoken out on the essential practice?

Breastfeeding is hands down the best thing you can do for your child - probably in their whole entire life. Breastfeeding provides infants with the perfect food, the exact composition of nutrients that their growing bodies and brains require. Breastfeeding has been linked to having smarter, healthier, more robust babies, who grow up to be healthy, capable individuals. So why isn't everyone doing it? That's what Gisele wants to know.

Bundchen has recently spoken out saying "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?' I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months". And she certainly makes an excellent point, but there's a catch - when it comes to breastfeeding, acceptance, support and instruction (yep - you've gotta learn how) are critical. Some new moms might be naturals, but most are not, and if they do it wrong or get frustrated, they might hurt themselves or simply give up. But don't fear - there are actually lactation specialists in most hospitals that are there to ensure you're doing it right. Or, you can call one. Then...there is also the issue of social acceptance - a lot of people are quite simply intolerant of or uncomfortable with the practice. What's a new mom to do then, if her baby is hungry?

So this World Breastfeeding Week - even if you're not a new mom - support all women out there by encouraging breastfeeding and supporting this human right.

Read more at USA today (Aug 3, 2010) in the article called "Gisele Bundchen: Breastfeeding 'should be a worldwide law'" and the Medical News (Aug 3, 2010) in the article called "World Breastfeeding Week highlights benefits to infant, child nutrition, health".