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Should new mums be forced to breastfeed?

17:04 UK time, Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen says that all mothers should be made to breastfeed their babies for the first six months of their lives. Do you agree with her?

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine, she said: "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."

Sue Jacob, midwife teacher at the Royal College of Midwives, welcomes Gisele's aspiration that all mums breastfeed. She said: "We know breastfeeding is good for women and children, but we also don't want to marginalise women who can't breastfeed for whatever reason."

Should all mothers breastfeed their children? Did you breastfeed your child? Should there be more support for mothers wanting to breastfeed? Is there too much pressure on new mothers to breastfeed?

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