AS A NEW father, you might expect Nicolas Sarkozy to have strong opinions on parenting. But calling breast-feeding “slavery” might just be going a bit far.
The French president has stirred controversy after reportedly telling a group of young mothers that his wife Carla Bruni was struggling to produce enough milk for their newborn daughter Giulia.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: “For the woman, it’s both a joy and a kind of slavery.” He added that breast-feeding “frees men of blame” because “you don’t have to get up at night” unlike with bottle-feeding.
“Out of solidarity, I do open one eye,” Sarkozy added.
His comments were originally reported by the website Voici.fr.
Bruni, 43, gave birth to the couple’s child – the first ever for a sitting French president – last month. Sarkozy visited her in labour before being called away to Frankfurt for meetings on the eurozone debt crisis.