Giselle Bundchen nursing

Is Giselle Bundchen a Real Mom?

This week Gisele Bundchen got slammed for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby at work. The picture is below.

Giselle Bundchen nursing

She also posted the following caption on her Instagram account:

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

So why are people buzzing? Some folks opposed to the picture are saying that not all women can breastfeed and Gisele is “throwing” her personal choices in people’s faces.

 

Others have said that Gisele’ s idea of multitasking is kind of skewed and she is only doing one thing in the picture… That is nursing her baby.

 

But the biggest outcry seems to be coming from those that are saying that Giselle Bundchen is not a “real mom”. I mean after all she is married to a professional athlete, models for a living and lives a life that most of us can only dream of.

 

But what is a real mom? Is Gisele less of a mom than me because she has her own “glam squad“, getting her picture perfect before her next close up? Is she less of a mom than you because she makes her living striking poses, wearing luxury labels and flying to fabulous locations for the sake of high fashion.

 

Maybe the real issue here is society’s perception of what a real mom is. I say a real mom is a woman that loves her kids and will do whatever she can, giving the very best of herself for her children. Although I can not relate to Gisele’s life or what she does for a living, I respect her no less than other moms I know.

 

The mom working two jobs while picking up college courses to afford her babies a better life.

 

The mom who received an IVY league education but opted to leave the work force to stay home with her kids and offer them the best of herself in the form of a home school education.

 

That mom (Gisele) took her child to work with her across the country on a 15 hour to be with her child and commit to breastfeeding. Oh, and I’ve traveled  on a 18 hour flight before with a one year old and it is no easy task… I imagine that having hired staff makes it a little less daunting, but still not easy. If Gisele had a desk job and was nursing her baby between meetings we would all be applauding her and she would somehow fit the description of a real mom.

 

Or maybe if she was running to the store between nursings and before making dinner to pick up a package of diapers because she just realized that she ran out.

 

Maybe if she was nursing her baby while editing a blog post and  in between cleaning “spit up” from her shirt for the third time…maybe then it would make her a bona fide real mom.

 

But she is not.

 

She is a super model.

 

Her name is Gisele Bundchen.

 

And you know what, there is nothing wrong with having a “glam squad”.  I borrow mine on occasion from MAC and Sephora make-up counters when I can.

 

A hard-working, suburban mama can still be glam. Gisele Bundchen is not a typical mom, but she is a REAL mom. This is where I would insert a post of me nursing my 5 month old with my glam squad tending to me. There are a couple problems with that….yeah… that’s not happening.

 

What’s your take?

  • Comments ( 16 )

  • avatar
    GrnEydCntryGirl

    I agree completely. She has a completely different lifestyle than most of the people slamming her (I assume). This is her life, there is nothing wrong with having her glam squad! 🙂

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      I know right! Everyone needs a little glam in their lives.

  • avatar
    dipaolamomma

    When did it become acceptable to judge another mother by our own perception of what defines “real”? This whole Judgy McJudgy Pants Mommy stuff has Got. To. Stop. Sure, Gisele has a job with some great perks, but at the end of the day… it’s STILL a JOB. News flash folks, Mrs. Brady is the bigger breadwinner in this family and I suspect there has got to be some pressure that comes with that, and as any of us who have had to feed an infant (by whatever means) know, that is a job in itself. So stop passing judgement and start giving a girl some props, will ya?! (rant over)

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      Indeed…Hats off to Gisele for being empowered and doing things “her way”!

  • avatar
    letwhylead

    I enjoyed this post last night in bed on my phone. 🙂 I agree completely. It’s love that matters.

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      Amen to that!

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    Deanna @ mommyHAHA

    Great post! People need to stop comparing their lives to other moms. Everyone has a different lifestyle, please believe that I would do the same thing if I had the opportunity.

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      I am right there with you.

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    Sarah – ITKM

    People are so unbelievably petty and judgmental… not to mention green with envy! What in the world is a “real mom”? We’re all just trying to do the best we can and I know Gisele, like every other mom on the planet, has her own battles with motherhood, marriage, her career and life in general. Who cares if she doesn’t have to do her own makeup?? Now where is MY glam squad?! Oh, that’s right, I didn’t even have time to take a shower today! 😉

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      Sarah you are too funny 🙂 I’m with you. I say that we should challenge ourselves to do the very best that we can everyday whether your name is Gisele Bunchen are Mary Lou.

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    Emily @ My Love for Words

    Thanks for linking up at the Lovely Ladies Linky. I love this post and do have to wonder if the criticism stems most frequently from jealousy. I say good for her (and I’d be happy to take that glam squad off her hands every once in a while if she needs a break) 🙂

    • avatar
      LisaDLS

      Emily, I agree on both accounts. Now, I wonder if a “glam squad” can fit under my Christmas tree?

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    Kim

    I agree with you completely. She is a mom, making choices and doing the best she can by her child. The fact that she happens to be a public figure actually makes that harder to do. Every mom has guilt and questions whether or not they are doing the right thing, this woman has the eyes of the world upon her, judging her. I do not necessarily like her or dislike her, but I think that it speaks to the larger issue of woman supporting each other, regardless of their “employment during motherhood” choices. I don’t have babies anymore and I suppose I was naïve to think that these kinds of arguments were a thing of the past. I guess we still have a long way to go. Sad.
    Hey, thanks for the follow on G+, it led me to you and your thoughtful post! Love it! 🙂

  • avatar
    Nadeen

    I agree. Although I am not a particular fan of hers in terms of some other comments she has made everything I have seen of her as a mother to her children and her step son has been admirable. I dont hate on anyone that has the means to get extra help!! I am single with no kids but would love an assistant and a Glam Squad! And Im a pediatrician so I am a breastfeeding advocate!

  • avatar
    Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    hey lisa! found your link on the SITS Girls link up of your best 2013 post and I love this one. I can see both sides here but agree with you that who is anyone to judge what a “real mom” is? And you’re right, if she was at a desk job breastfeeding people would be applauding her…why is that any different than her job? Great insight!

  • avatar
    Audrey

    I just saw a great meme yesterday that girls compete with each other and women empower each other. I am sick to death of this competition and condemnation some females feel is necessary. Get your own self esteem and stop worrying about what someone else is doing.

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