From Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza to Lisa Haydon: Celebrity moms leading the cause of making breastfeeding ‘normal’

Neha Dhupia
Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza

It is World Breastfeeding Week and we cannot not talk about Bollywood divas who batted hard to normalise breastfeeding. Here’s a compilation of celebrity moms and their thoughts on breastfeeding. Starting with new mom Dia Mirza, in an interview with Mid-day, she spoke about lack of spaces for new mothers to feed their babies. She said: I have become more acutely aware of the lack of safe spaces for new mothers, especially if they are socially and economically marginalised. Why have we never [highlighted] how hard it is for underserved mothers to feed their babies on construction sites, farms and roadside stalls without any privacy?” She also spoke about how breastfeeding in public is considered to be shameful as she said: In Belgium, breastfeeding in public is protected by law, but in India, we need to bring about a systematic shift in societal attitude. Feeding a child should be considered a natural act, but it triggers so much shame and judgment when done in public.

Neha Dhupia

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Neha Dhupia

In the past, Neha Dhupia had opened up about how she had to use the washroom on a plane to breastfeed her daughter Mehr. Associating with Freedom To Feed, Neha Dhupia penned a long note on social media writing how it is time to normalise breastfeeding in public. Sharing a powerful picture of her breastfeeding her daughter, Neha wrote: I breastfed Mehr exclusively for 6 months and still continue to do so … It truly made me realise the value of a wonderful support system that I have and sometimes the lack of it and also the lack of facilities . Like once I was on a plane and had to feed her , and I literally had to take her to the washroom and was only hoping that the seat belt sign does nt come on before she is done …of course I came out n apologised for using the washroom for so long… now here’s the real deal … I honestly don’t understand the consciousness behind doing something so right n so beautiful. Im also super grateful for all the amazing people in my life for making this journey easier but the truth is I know I’m not alone in feeling that there has to be a slight shift in our mentalities, in the fact that we need more facilities for breast feeding moms with their babies or even their breast pumps …and the only way this can happen is if we start a conversation… I want to encourage moms like you and me whether breast feeding or not , to share their story … tag me @nehadhupia and use the hashtag #freedomtofeed and I promise to share story with my little.

Lisa Haydon

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Lisa Haydon

Lisa Haydon too shared a picture on social media that showed her breastfeeding her baby without any fear of judgement. In the caption, she wrote that breastfeeding helped her get back into shape post pregnancy. She wrote: I’ve gotten loads of posts asking about life after having my son… esp to do with weight and fitness. Seeing as it’s World Breastfeeding Week- time to give some credit where credit is due. Breastfeeding has played such a big part in getting back into shape after giving birth to my baby. Breastfeeding has been challenging+time consuming (literally hours spent everyday trying to stimulate milk supply) but it’s such a beautiful way to bond and connect with your child plus all the nutritional benefits that your child gets from your milk.

Soha Ali Khan

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Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khan had also shared her experience when she had to use bathroom on a plane to pump milk for her daughter. She said: As a working parent, I found myself having to pump in the oddest of places. I have pumped in an airplane bathroom. When the seatbelt signs came on, I had to hurriedly dismantle everything, spilling lots of very precious breast milk along the way. When I came out and made it back to my seat, the air hostess asked me if I was doing my make-up inside. I was like, ‘Uh…no’. She also said that breastfeeding should be encouraged instead of being shunned.

Kareena Kapoor Khan

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Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor Khan, now a mother of two, had also spoken about the benefits of breastfeeding children. While giving tips to new mothers, she wrote: First, we need to feed our newborn babies in the best way that we can: with our breast milk. To give your baby the best start in life that he or she deserves, start breastfeeding within the first hour of life – and feed the baby only breast milk, nothing else.

Sameera Reddy

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Sameera Reddy

Sameera Reddy on Instagram penned a very powerful message about how a new mother undergoes physical pressure while lactating. She wrote: Understanding the pressure on her physically and emotionally is the best thing you can do. Nothing like feeling loved at such an overwhelming time. I would also like to give a shoutout to moms who have struggled with low milk production . This could happen due to a pathological reason including endocrine problems or a host of other factors .A few mothers have a physiological low breast-milk production, for no apparent reason, and production does not increase when the breastfeeding technique and pattern improve. There is no reason to shame them or make them feel any pressure in not being able to BF. we need to support all mothers and show love and respect.

Source – bollywoodlife

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