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