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World Breastfeeding Week: Let’s thank these 4 celebrity moms for normalising breastfeeding

Updated on:2 August 2021, 11:10am IST
Breastfeeding is such an integral part of raising and nourishing a child, but it has often been looked at with a ‘sexual’ lens. Fortunately, there’s a tribe of celebrity moms who are destigmatising this issue, and normalising the act.
Geetika Sachdev
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Motherhood is a beautiful journey — but comes with its share of highs and lows. After bringing a child to life, it is the mother who provides her child with nutrition, love and more along with her partner. It isn’t just a new beginning, it is a huge responsibility. But what if even the most normal acts are looked down upon? We are speaking about breastfeeding (which is critical for proper growth and development of a child), which is stigmatised even today. Yes ladies, if a woman decides to feed her child in public, the act is ‘sexualised’ in most cases. 

Fortunately, there’s a brigade of Bollywood actresses that has been consistently speaking about this subject and normalising the act as much as possible. These strong women have been vocal about their decisions to continue breastfeeding, and we think they deserve a salute on World Breastfeeding Week (and otherwise). 

Let’s take a look:
1. Lisa Haydon

The Queen actress has been a true advocate about breastfeeding, and has shared several anecdotes about motherhood. When she had given birth to her baby Zack, Lisa had shared a picture of her breastfeeding him on Instagram. Here’s what the post said, “Breastfeeding has been challenging+time consuming (literally hours spent every day 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.”

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2. Mira Rajput Kapoor

We’ve always loved Mira Rajput for calling a ‘spade a spade’, and has never shied away from sharing all about her journey with motherhood. Before the birth of her second child Zain, Mira shared in an interview, “I have spoken about the importance of feeding the baby in the past too. I was extremely religious with Misha and I am going to do the same with my newborn. It is the greatest gift you can give your baby,” she said. More power to her! 

Also, read: This is the ultimate guide to getting a Covid-19 vaccine for breastfeeding mothers

3. Kareena Kapoor Khan

The Bollywood actress, fondly referred to as Bebo, has always been a step ahead, when it comes to important issues. She has always been candid about the challenges that come with pregnancy and motherhood. Kareena has also been vocal about breastfeeding in a blog,” 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.”

Also, read: 10 ways in which breastfeeding is actually beneficial for the mother

What’s more, she has recently released her book KareenaKapoor’s Pregnancy Bible: The ultimate manual for moms-to-be. 

4. Neha Dhupia

Another actress who has to feature on this list is none other than Neha Dhupia. Sharp and sensible, she has never held herself back from speaking about contentious issues. Here’s what she shared as part of an Instagram post, “The journey of a new mum is something only she can understand. While we all hear the happy side, it is also a huge responsibility and emotionally draining. It’s hard enough to be a mum and do all that there is to do. The last thing we need is to be questioned, mocked and worst of all trolled. I went through the same beats and I know how hard it is.”

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All we can say is hats off to these amazing women! 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.