Gisele Bundchen has stirred controversy after posting an Instagram photo of herself breastfeeding her one-year-old daughter while getting her hair, makeup, and nails done at a photo shoot.
Gisele, 33, tweeted the following message along with the photo: “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep? #multitasking#gettingready.”
Many moms praised Bundchen, saying breastfeeding is best for babies (an opinion universally shared by health experts), while others said the photo made Gisele look like a spoiled celebrity.
"It's obnoxious," said one mom. Another said, "I don’t remember us breastfeeding while people do our hair and makeup."
Critics said Gisele is flaunting her glamorous, pampered lifestyle — a stark contrast to the realities of most working moms, who can't breastfeed their kids at work or pump their breast milk during the day.
This isn't the first time Bundchen has come under fire. In 2010, she was slammed after saying all moms should be forced by law to breastfeed their babies for a minimum of six months because it's healthier than baby formula, which is loaded with chemicals.
"Some people here [in the U.S.] think they don't have to breastfeed," Gisele told Harper's Bazaar UK. "And I think 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?' I think there should be a worldwide law that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
Bundchen, a mom of two, said breastfeeding is not only healthier for the baby, but is great for post-baby weight loss. "I think breastfeeding really helped me keep my figure," she said.
Gisele was also criticized after saying most moms use pregnancy as an excuse to overeat and let themselves go, and said she stayed in shape by watching her diet and doing yoga and martial-arts workouts.
"I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals," she said. "I was mindful about what I ate and gained only 30 pounds. I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week."