Remember this week in history, folks: A supermodel said something exceptionally smart. (Well, she's also a mother, so of course she's smart.) I'm talking about that gorgeous Brazilian creature named Gisele, who famously gave birth to her son eight months ago, without medical intervention, in a hot tub. Now she has rattled the likes of the ladies on "The View" with a statement she made to Harper's Bazaar U.K.: Breastfeeding "should be a worldwide law."
"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?'" the brainy beauty told the U.K. magazine. "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
While the idea of saddling mothers with legal pressure to nurse isn't feasible in a culture that puts up so many barriers to breastfeeding, I do think that Gisele is on the right track in terms of wanting some form of legal intervention that puts infant health first. So, if I may explain: What Ms. Perfect Body meant to say is that the World Health Organization's breastfeeding code should be made international law!
The WHO code removes some of the "booby" traps that make it hard for women to do a natural and relatively easy thing that our bodies have done for millions of years. It muzzles the makers of artificial infant food and keeps them honest about ingredients and breastfeeding benefits. More importantly, the WHO code ensures that governments
encourage and promote breastfeeding throughout the culture.
We need to make it easy for women to nurse. In Canada, every mother gets a full year of maternity leave at 80 percent of her salary, presumably so she is free to nurse. The Canadian government knows that paying women to breastfeed still saves them millions in healthcare costs. Mothers should not be arrested, fined or punished for not breastfeeding, but large corporations that make it hard for women to work and nurse do need a kick in the pants. And I personally would like to see the lanky, toned leg of Gisele kicking them in the derriere with a perfect stiletto. You go, girl! I mean ... you go, hot mama!