Gisele Bundchen thinks all mothers should breastfeed

Gisele Bundchen believes breastfeeding should be mandatory for the first 6 months
Gisele Bundchen believes breastfeeding should be mandatory for the first 6 months 

Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and mother of one, believes that mothers should be forced to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby's life.

The famous Brazilian catwalk star created headlines when she said there should be a law preventing mothers from using formula milk.

"I think breastfeeding really helped (keep my figure)," the 30-year-old told Harper's Bazaar magazine.

"Some people here (in the US) 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?'

"I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."

Some people here (in the US) 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?

Bundchen, married to American football star Tom Brady, is the world's highest-paid supermodel.  She had her son Benjamin during a natural birth at her Boston home in December last year, after meditating throughout her eight-hour labour.

Returning to work, modelling swimwear, just six weeks after Benjamin was born, Bundchen credits daily meditation for preparing her for child birth.

"It prepared me mentally and physically. It's called 'labour' not 'holiday' for a reason, and I knew that," she said.

"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."