Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding Instagram Photo Irks Viewers

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 02:56 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Gisele Bundchen, the former Victoria's Secret angel who's married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, posted a photo online this week of her breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter while a glam squad attends to her hair, nails, and makeup.

"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," the 33-year-old Brazilian supermodel captioned the photo, which was uploaded to Instagram Tuesday.

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The picture quickly ignited a firestorm of controversy, with Twitter users and parenting experts calling it "obnoxious" and "absurd."

"I think breastfeeding is a very personal thing," Denise Albert, co-creator of, told ABC News. "And for her to put this on Instagram while she’s getting her hair and makeup done is a little outrageous, and I think obnoxious." 

This isn't the first time Bundchen has caused controversy in the parenting world. In a 2010 interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, she talked about her experiences with breastfeeding and getting back into shape after giving birth to son Benjamin in 2009.

"I think breastfeeding really helped," she said. "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."

Similar comments on the Brazilian TV show "Fantastico" also ruffled feathers when Bundchen opened up about giving birth to her two kids at home in the family's bathtub.

"My job as a mom that I felt at that moment was just to breathe, relax, and allow my body and trust my body to do what it knows, naturally knows what to do," she said. "It wasn’t painful, not even a little bit. The second day, I was walking, I was washing dishes, I was making pancakes in the kitchen."

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