The image that rocked the internet: a mother feeding her child. Yep. The mother happened to be Gisele Bundchen, and the food happened to be breastmilk, you know, directly from the breast, but this was just a picture of a mother, feeding her child, and getting ready for work. How could this image be upsetting?
Let’s put aside the irony that people love seeing far more of this particular woman’s body when it involves lingerie, apparently, the outrage from “real moms” stems from Gisele’s privilege. Does Gisele’s life status give her more clout in the normalization of breastfeeding? I would surely say so. Instead of tearing her apart for this, we should be thanking her.
Making the choice to share this image was brave. Gisele put herself out there to promote breastfeeding. She used her power, privilege, and celebrity to empower mothers, and women, and make babies healthier. She got mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, neighbors, uncles, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, naysayers and store clerks to think about a very famous pair of breasts, differently. She redefined their importance.
Are you jealous of Gisele?
I mean, she is clearly “pampered” and “waited on hand and foot”. I can see being jealous, and if you are, get over it. This is not about you. This is another mother. This is a child. This is someone who is DOING GOOD THINGS FOR THE HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD; celebrate it.
“I Would Like to See Gisele Experience What it is Like to be a Real Mom!”
The suggestion seems to be that Gisele is not a real mom. It appears that many believe that because Gisele has people who do her hair, nails, make-up, laundry, cook, etc. , her connection and relationship with her child are not real. Come on moms and dads, let’s rise above this. Are we really so small minded and petty? If I had the resources, these are exactly the things I would hire out, I’ve written about it before (read it here).
If we pretend that Gisele is not a real mom, the pendulum can swing the other way, too. Those women with far less privilege may lose their status too. Even with my strong beliefs about prioritizing children, I do not believe we should set any women up to have their status as mother revoked.
I support this photo. I am grateful to Gisele for having the courage and commitment to post it. When I look at this image, I see a woman who “has it all”, and chooses to keep her child with her, and nourished, as she does. When I think of her being wrongfully attacked tonight, I feel solidarity with her. It does not matter that our lots in life are so different.
This photo must be celebrated. A famous women who makes lots of money by using her breasts to promote sexiness had the courage to redefine them. Thank you Gisele Bundchen. I may not have imagined myself typing those words before today, but now I mean them from my very core.
Your courage has done a very, very good things for babies, children, families, and the world. You have my support, and the support of all breastfeeding advocates. Way to go, Mama!