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Former Femina Miss India and MTV Roadies fame, Neha Dhupia and her actor-husband, Angad Bedi, had an intimate wedding in May 2018. On November 18, 2018, the couple was blessed with a baby girl, Mehr Dhupia Bedi. Post her birth, Neha has been vocalising her strong opinions about breastfeeding. In 2019, Neha had started an initiative, 'Freedom to Feed', where she stresses the importance of breastfeeding and aims to break the stereotypes associated with it.
During the International Breastfeeding Week 2019, Neha Dhupia had started an initiative, #FreedomToFeed, wherein she had revealed her motherhood stories and breastfeeding journey with her daughter, Mehr. She had shared a video on her IG handle and had captioned it as “#freedomtofeed - an initiative by Neha Dhupia Let’s start a conversation... as mothers we need #freedomtofeed ... #internationalbreastfeedingweek ... @freedomtofeed #ItsNotAnAd.”
As international Breastfeeding week is going on, Neha Dhupia has been talking about normalising it by interacting with new moms. In a conversation with the Hindustan Times, Neha talked about how happy she is to have started the conversation on breastfeeding two years ago. She said, “Just by having this conversations, I feel so much more empowered now. I know I’ll get on that journey and even try my best to be on that journey again, and be treated with the most normal manner with my real experiences. I’m glad I started that conversation two years ago because I feel that the second time around, it’ll be even better for me.”
Neha further talked about why it is important to normalise breastfeeding so that it gets easier for new mothers. Sharing her experience after her daughter, Mehr’s birth, she said, “I heard a very lovely saying around the time I gave birth to Mehr — 'Everybody looks after the baby but who looks after the mother?’. We’ve to look for nooks and crannies to breastfeed our child. I remember once I had to go inside a toilet of an aircraft because I didn’t want to get other people uncomfortable as I could sense that they were getting uncomfortable.”
She further shared that she wants to bring the change so that people stop sexualising breastfeeding. Neha added, “My point is why that should happen. We should normalise it and stop sexualising it or making a big deal out of it. After all, it’s my child’s nutrition and I should be able to provide it in a most comfortable space.”
Talking about how young mothers are trolled on social media for sharing breastfeeding pictures with their babies, Neha said, “People just need to get their heads out of the gutter. They’ve been through the same process in their own home, so how dare you do this to another woman. The eventual goal is to talk about how breast milk can help and reach out to young mothers. We need to pull up such people.”
Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi are expecting their second baby in October 2021.