GISELE: I BOOBED; Model backs down over breast-feeding should be law claim.
MODEL Gisele Bundchen has admitted she was wrong to say that new mums should be forced by law to breastfeed for six months.
The Brazilian beauty, 30, caused outrage when she told a magazine that breast-feeding should be compulsory.
But she has now backed down, saying: "I am not here to judge."
The mother-of-one said: "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breast-feed their babies for six months."
Ms Bundchen, married to American football star Tom Brady, added: "Some people think they don't have to breast-feed, and I think, 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?'"
But she has since backed down. On her blog she writes: "My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children." The 5ft 11in swimwear model, who gave birth to son Benjamin last December, added: "Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions. I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child."
She told Harper's Bazaar: "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."
TV star Denise van Outen, 36, admitted she stopped breast-feeding daughter Betsy to avoid photographers.
She said: "I probably should have persevered a bit longer than three weeks. But I can't be sitting in Starbucks and breastfeeding, because they are taking pictures."
Department of Health statistics reveal that 80 per cent of new mothers try to breast-feed their babies from birth.
But the figures show only 20 per cent are still breast-feeding when their babies are six months old.
Mums want breast for babies
GISELE Bundchen's U-turn after calling for compulsory breast-feeding has been welcomed by campaigners.
Patti Rundall, of pro-breastfeeding group Baby Milk Action, says: "Gisele meant well but was pointing the finger at the wrong people. Most mums want to breast-feed but they are let down by the system and can't.
"Also, one in four mothers give up breast-feeding in the first week, but if given simple advice many more would keep at it.
"They must make sure the baby is not given formula milk while breastfeeding and make sure the baby is put on the breast in the correct position.
"You also get adverts saying formula improves the baby's immune system but breast milk is best."
MILK Mum feed her baby CONTROVERSIAL Gisele's remarks caused a furore
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 6, 2010|
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