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A baby is as pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower. All the pain, suffering, empathy and multi-million pieces of advice that you had received throughout your pregnancy phase bears fruit when you become a mother and the feeling? The feeling of holding your baby in your arms is beyond imagination.
During the World Breastfeeding Week 2019 (August 1-7), B-town mommies including Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy, Soha Ali Khan, Prianka Singha had come forward and shared their experiences of breastfeeding in public and the recent addition to the lot is popular TV actress, Chhavi Mittal. Chhavi, who is best known for her role in Tumhari Disha recently embraced motherhood. The actress who is quite vocal about her opinions often takes to Instagram to share her thoughts generally and as a mom. (Recommended Read: Amy Jackson Looked Stunning On Her Baby Shower In A Pale Turquoise Bodycon Dress, Pics Inside)
Chhavi spoke about her experience of breastfeeding in public. She is a mother of two little kids and is absolutely a pro at balancing her personal life and professional commitments. The actress knows how to manage time well and not just look after her babies and office, but also takes out time in empowering and guiding new mothers through her posts on social media.
In an exclusive interview with the Times Of India, the actress spoke about breastfeeding in public. She was quoted as saying, “Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing between a mother and a child and it's a bond that is impossible to break. Those 20 minutes with the baby are bliss. So, I like that us time to be secluded and with no one around. Yes, there are times when we have to step out of the house with the baby. Public breastfeeding should be allowed. If you are allowed to smoke, drink, abuse in public, why not breastfeeding? It's the most beautiful and natural thing to do. All of us have done it at some point of time. Why shy away from it? A lot of importance is given to breastfeeding. A lot of new mothers ask me what to do if they aren't able to breastfeed their babies exclusively. I firstly feel that one needn't stress about it. The first six months one should exclusively breastfeed the baby as it's important. But if you aren't able to due to whatever reason, then top milk is fine at times. I just feel stressing over it isn't required as then you won't be able to produce milk at all”. (Suggested Read: Neha Dhupia Posts A Beautiful Picture Of Daughter, Mehr Dhupia Bedi, Wishing Her On 9-Month Birthday)
Actor Neha Dhupia has kickstarted a campaign to raise awareness about breastfeeding and how a woman should have the freedom to feed her baby. Many actresses came out in support to join Neha Dhupia’s movement #FreedomToFeed, many celebs had shared their experiences. Neha had written on her Instagram post, “#freedomtofeed – an initiative by Neha Dhupia Let’s start a conversation… as mothers we need #freedomtofeed … #internationalbreastfeedingweek @freedomtofeed #ItsNotAnAd.” Take a look.
Rannvijay Singha's wife, Prianka Singha, had also shared her perspective on the same. Prianka took to her Instagram handle and shared how she handled the situation. The star wife wrote a long and inspiring post, wherein, she had talked about her experience of breastfeeding her daughter, Kainaat Singha. She had written, "It’s International Breastfeeding Week and I couldn’t be a prouder mother to participate in this celebratory movement that has created awareness for many mothers who realize the challenges women face daily leading them to believe breastfeeding their child isn’t always an accessible option to them. But things MUST and WILL change."
Actress Soha Ali Khan also joined the movement and had shared her experience. She wrote," It’s World’s Breastfeeding week - the perfect time to talk about one of the most incredible, humbling and challenging things about being a new mother. There is no magic formula guys, each to their own! #freedomtofeed @nehadhupia."
TV actress Shweta Salve also opened about her hesitation in sharing her breastfeeding pictures online. She had taken to her Instagram and had shared a heartfelt picture and the caption could be read as “I contemplated a lot whether I should post this image or not. Whether Arya will grow up and be embarrassed about it, whether I'll get trolled by people who will judge me, call me names or just be obnoxious with their degrading sexual comments. But then I took a long look at this picture again and all I saw was the look in my baby's eyes and how she and I were connected in this sacred moment. This bond is strong and so precious, you can see the vulnerability in her eyes, her trust in her Mamma who she knows will nurture her, protect her and will always be there by her side. This is that moment of Truth, of courage and of an everlasting togetherness and I am proud of it. #worldbreastfeedingweek #liquidgold #freedomtofeed #mommyandbaby #bumpbirthbeyond #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmama #bond #soulconnection #mybaby #instalove #purelove #motherslove #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeed #breastfeedwithoutfear #breastfeedingjourney #free.” (Must Read: Ekta Kaul Keeps Her First Teej For Hubby, Sumeet Vyas, He Couldn't Stop Gushing Over His Lovely Wife)
What is your take on the movement? Let us know.