Celebrity Influence in 2010

So far this year, a number of celebrities have been very vocal about their individual views on the topic of breastfeeding.  Positive or negative, each view expresses a uniquely different perspective, contributing to the overall breastfeeding conversation. 

Gisele Bundchen

In August of 2010, Supermodel Gisele Bundchen commented in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK that there should be a worldwide law mandating breastfeeding for the first six months. This did not sit well with the public. The story was picked up by several sources and blew up on Twitter where women shared their opinions on the matter.

Gisele wants a breastfeeding law – Crazy? (Huffington Post)

Breastfeeding backlash: Gisele Bundchen backs down (Time Online)

After making the statement, Gisele took to her blog to respond. Read it here

BBIC’s own Heather Kelly a New York based IBCLC, was asked to join Juju Chang on ABC’s Mom’s Get Real to comment on this story. View the segment here.

Kim Kardashian

Reality star Kim Kardashian shared her thoughts about public breastfeeding on Twitter in June 2010.  The response wasn’t positive and stirred up a great deal of emotion from the public.

Kim Kardashian breastfeeding tweets: Is she milking it? (CBS)

Kim Kardashian slams woman for breastfeeding in public (Us Magazine)

Julie Bowen

In May of 2010, Modern Family star Julie Bowen brought breastfeeding to the public conversation when she bragged to George Lopez on his late night talk show, Lopez Tonight, and brought a photo to illustrate how she used the “double breastfeeding hold” to feed her twin boys.  Lopez had no problem airing the photo on late night.  However, the ladies of The View, refused to do so.

Did ‘Modern Family’ mom Julie Bowen go too far with breastfeeding snap? (Fox News)

Modern Family’s Julie Bowen double breastfeeds twins (Huffington Post)

‘Modern Family’ mom demonstrates breastfeeding technique (CNN Entertainment)