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Mom to Gisele Bundchen: 'We're Not All Supermodels'

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Jessica Katz:Everyone has her own idea of how to parent a child, and some notions are crazier than others. I have to admit, I used to be a huge Gisele fan -- until she became a mom. And it isn't just that we had babies days apart and she looks ... well, like a supermodel, and I don't.

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First off, her story about her magical home birth in the bathtub sans drugs sounded fantastic, except for the fact that most people need pain meds, don't look amazing right after birth and feel just as connected to their baby when they give birth in the hospital. (Call it the neurotic Jew in me, but I wanted to be in a hospital with lots of doctors around me in case anything went wrong.)

Then she told the world that her 6-month-old son was potty-trained because diapers were bad for the universe (i.e., they're not "green"). I am pretty sure that is impossible. In fact, I know it is. Her baby wakes her up in the middle of the night when he has to pee, lets her know and makes it to a toilet?! Really?

And now Gisele says that breastfeeding should be made a law? While I agree that "breast is best," it doesn't work for everyone -- sometimes for many reasons. I think the most important job of all is to be a good mom for your baby. And if that means you don't have the capacity, energy, health, nipples or time to breastfeed, that's OK. We don't all make eight-figure salaries and have chefs, nannies, private jets and housekeepers.

I was dead set on breastfeeding. I took the classes, bought the bras, the pump, the ointment, the pillow and thought it was the only option. (Aww, the money wasted ....) Then I got sick, and after about two months had to give it up. I felt like a failure. I felt defeated, as though my daughter was missing out on what was best for her. I was convinced that we would never be quite as bonded as other mother-daughter duos -- that is, until a friend reminded me that my job was to be a good, healthy mom for my daughter, and nursing wasn't part of the equation for me. I was so embarrassed every time I pulled out formula that I felt the need to explain my whole medical history. People really could care less about my infections. They stared at me like I was lazy and poisoning my child.

Moms need not judge one another -- we all do the best we can. And while we would all like to look like models and have 6-month-old babies who use the potty, we can be super moms without being supermodels.


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Disregard of all the crap you are saying let me tell you something, birth is indeed a natural process which in MOST of the times (excluding high risk pregnancies or other dangerous situations) is something any woman can do. We have been brainwashed by society that we cant do it, that a doctor knows best, nature is wise, our bodies are full of wisdom, if we just tried to give it a chance to prove it birth would be so different. Check the movie the Business of Being Born on youtube for further references.
Breastfeeding is THE BEST you can do for your baby, is easy, simple, cheapest than formula, so honestly I dont see the point of saying is hard…
There is a method for trying to potty train babies since 2 or 3 months old, not saying that is going to work immediatly but it does make them go potty train faster. Also I dont think you need nannies, money and jets to do all this, do you?? Dont attack something you dont know ;)


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