'Breastfeeding For Six Months Should Be The Law', Says Model Gisele

03/08/2010 22:24 | Updated 22 May 2015

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen says that there should be a 'worldwide law' stating that new mothers should breastfeed for six months.

Speaking in September's issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, she says: 'Some people here think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think, "Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?"

'There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.'

Although four in five women in England start off breastfeeding, only one in five keeps it up until the six-month mark.

The swimwear model has strong opinions about childbirth and childcare. She gave birth to her son Benjamin last December at home and says she meditated throughout. 'Not for one second did it cross my mind that I was not going to have my baby at home,' she says in the article.

'I am not the first person to give birth naturally. Billions of other women have come before me and have done this – so why can't I do it?'

Gisele practised kung fu for two weeks before the birth, did yoga three times a week and meditated every day in preparation. 'It prepared me mentally and physically,' she says. 'It's called "labour", not "holiday" for a reason, and I knew that.

'You want to go into the most intense physical experience of your life unprepared? That doesn't make any sense to me. Then I was ready and I thought, "OK let's get to work". I wasn't expecting someone else to get the baby out of me. I had to do it together with him.'

In the article, Gisele says that she dreams of living on a farm with her son and her husband, millionaire American footballer Tom Brady.

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