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Gisele Bundchen's Breastfeeding Reality

December 12, 2013 5 min read

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen recently posted the attached photo to her Instagram feed, showing herself breastfeeding her 1 year old daughter, at the same time getting pampered by her glam squad dolling her up with hair, makeup and nails. The caption read:

"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," 

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As you can imagine, this set a lot of people off. Maybe it was because she posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby girl to the world wide web and SOME people are offended by breastfeeding. Maybe it's the fact that she posted such a private moment for the whole world to see, and some people don't understand WHY she would do that. OR maybe, some people are just pissed that she is the world's highest paid supermodel and has the means to do anything and everything she wants, with time to 'multitask' aka 'breastfeed'. Whatever the case may be, however one feels about this, it's Gisele's reality. Don't get me wrong, when I first came across this photo, I actually laughed. To me, this is something I would post as a joke because it would be SO FAR FROM MY REALITY as a breastfeeding mother of 2 girls. But, then I realized, this is Gisele! This is the same woman who is very outspoken about her belief in breastfeeding.  Back in 2010, she caused a controversy after birthing her son (now 4), when she told Harper's Bazaar UK, 

"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." 

OK….That's going to go over well………...She later EXPLAINED what she MEANT, by saying,

"I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best." 

Ok….Better. But then around the same time she did say her son's birth didn't hurt "in the slightest."

Sigh…….

Ok, so she may not have the best PR reps, or maybe she really just doesn't give a sh*t. Not my problem. But also, not my reality again either. She's young. She's beautiful. She's rich and famous. She's NOT MOST people's reality. Kudos for her for making breastfeeding a topic of discussion and making it 'not a big deal' if one decides to do it in public for that matter. I absolutely believe in breastfeeding and it was MY choice to do so with both my girls, but I also know PLENTY of women, who tried so hard to do so, and for many reasons, it didn't work for them. I also know a handful of women who never wanted to breastfeed and formula fed their babies by choice, and again I have no problem with that. That's their prerogative. I just know how amazing it was for me to bond with my girls by breastfeeding them, and know how hard it must have been for those moms who wanted to, but couldn't.

My breastfeeding reality was FAR from Gisele's. And by the sound of her birthing experience with her son, BOTH of my girls births were FAR from her birthing experience as well! But that's ok. Giving birth no matter how painful or not, changes you. You go from being a woman to a mother. You become stronger. You  created a human and brought life into this world and that is a miracle in itself. I would go thru the pain and recovery again and again to be able  to experience the love and bond you experience with a child.

With that, I will also say, I NEVER looked even close to that put together and glamourous while breastfeeding. Granted, her baby girl is 1 year old, so the first few weeks of nursing are a fleeting memory for Gisele, where you are nursing round the clock. I remember thinking with my first child, THIS IS NUTS! I am going to die of sleep exhaustion! How is this baby STILL HUNGRY I JUST FED HER! Ahhhhhhh yes. Breastfeeding. Once you get past those first few weeks though, you discover the beauty of it all. With my first, I had to learn the hard way. I was a human pacifier. My OB broke the news to me when I came in for my 6-8 week postpartum visit. She asked how nursing was going. I told her 'great, but I just feel like I'm nursing all day long'.  As her back is to me typing away what I am telling her, she asks, "well how long are you nursing for?" I then told her, "Well, about 45 minutes per breast."

Silence…….

At this point, the typing stopped and she turned around slowly and gave me a look of pure shock. She then proceeds to tell me that the baby drains the breast in NO more then 10-15 minutes at most. Ok. Lessson learned. I left that appointment a new woman! I was going to have all this free time on my hands now that I am not nursing for 90 minutes straight.

But as my daughter approached 1 year old, breastfeeding became SO easy and effortless that I didn't even know sometimes when she would latch on! CRAZY. She even tried doing it over my blouses which was a little embarrassing when it would happen in public. But I got over it.

Who knows! Maybe in my next life (besides being a professional hip hop dancer -a dream of mine and I don't even know how to dance hip hop),  I will have it together enough to look as good nursing my child as Mrs. Bundchen does. In the meantime, I have to say, I am pretty happy with the strong and capable woman I am, the mother I've become, and my beautiful girls I have raised. Thru all the blood, sweat and tears (and believe me, there have been ALL THREE OF THOSE!), I would do it again and again.

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I may not have the glam squad at my disposal. I may not have fame and fortune in wealth. I may even never get my hair look as freaking awesome as Gisele's does, but I will say, my reality is pretty darn sweet and I wouldn't trade it for a thing!

 

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