Sameera Reddy and Neha Dhupia Draw Attention to World Breastfeeding Week

Sameera Reddy and Neha Dhupia Draw Attention to World Breastfeeding Week

Neha Dhupia and Sameera Reddy who are both talented actors and brilliant mummies talk about the need for raising awareness about breastfeeding and other women related issues this World Breastfeeding Week.
Sameera Reddy and Neha Dhupia Draw Attention to World Breastfeeding Week
Neha Dhupia

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is being held annually from the 1st till the 7th of August in more than 120 countries worldwide. According to the 26th August data of WBW website, 540 events have been held worldwide by more than 79 countries with 488 organizations and 406,620 participants for the World Breastfeeding Week 2010. These events were organized by international organizations such as WABA, WHO and UNICEF and WBW. They came up with the goal to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields many health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases such as pneumonia and fostering growth and development for the first time in 1991.

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Let’s start a conversation... as mothers we need #freedomtofeed ... #internationalbreastfeedingweek ... @freedomtofeed #ItsNotAnAd

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As previously mentioned, World Breastfeeding Week aims at supporting and promoting breastfeeding to strengthen and improve the health of mothers and babies alike. In addition to raising awareness for health purposes, this initiative is also about shining a light on the normality of the act and aims to encourage society to accept that breastfeeding is normal and every mother has the right to freely breastfeed in public if she so wishes. Breastfeeding in public, especially in a country like India, is a taboo topic and is often frowned upon. The aim of this awareness week is to break this taboo and normalize it. Bollywood celebrities like Neha Dhupia and Sameera Reddy took to their social media Instagram accounts to raise some much-needed awareness surrounding the topic. From discussing health benefits of breastfeeding to motivating and normalizing the concept for the masses and ensuring respect for the natural process of breastfeeding, the new mommies had a lot to say.

Neha Dhupia recently launched an initiative called #FreedomToFeed to encourage the idea of breastfeeding in public without a mother having to worry about the repercussions or her perception in public. In regards to this she said: “Once I was on a plane and had to feed Mehr. I had to take her to the washroom and was only hoping that the seat belt sign doesn't come on before she is done. Of course, I came out and apologized 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 and beautiful. I'm 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 breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding or not, to share their story.”

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it’s been 8 months since I embarked on this rollercoaster and there is no better time than now to talk about how truly grateful I am for all the joy that our little one has brought into our lives...motherhood like all else hasn’t been easy... the sleepless nights, the feeling like a food source ,the blues are all a part of this wonderful package. Its amazing how the mommy brain can do so many things at the same time and works on autopilot ...like resting the baby’s head jus right , knowing when she is done with her feed and ofcourse becoming the burping expert of the world . 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 world. ... @freedomtofeed

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Neha shared a beautiful picture on her Instagram account with the following caption: “it’s been 8 months since I embarked on this rollercoaster and there is no better time than now to talk about how truly grateful I am for all the joy that our little one has brought into our lives” She goes on to explain that motherhood has not been an easy feat: “the sleepless nights, the feeling like a food source, the blues are all a part of this wonderful package. It’s amazing how the mommy brain can do so many things at the same time and works on autopilot ...like resting the baby’s head just right , knowing when she is done with her feed and of course becoming the burping expert of the world.”

Subsequently, an array of Bollywood moms posted their own videos. Neha shared a video by Soha Pataudi Khan and captioned it: “#freedomtofeed an initiative by @nehadhupia@freedomtofeed Thank you @sakpataudi for supporting this initiative... yours is such an important voice and you like all others are a super mom!  #freedomtofeed”

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New dads & loved ones listen up! Its World Breast feeding week and this post is for you to know that you can be the biggest support and encouragement to a new mom! A mother may be depressed, lacking in confidence, worried, or stressed and it affects breastfeeding. These factors do not directly affect her milk production, but can interfere with the way in which she responds to her baby. This can result in the baby taking less milk, and failing to stimulate milk production. So be there for her . 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. #worldbreastfeedingweek2019 . @WABA_global @who @unicefindia

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Sameera Reddy gave birth to her daughter Nyra in July has been actively speaking about the difficulties that come along with the joy of giving birth. From postpartum depression to the encouragement a new mother requires, Sameera Reddy has been an inspiration for new moms everywhere by addressing these issues with her hashtag #imperfectlyperfect.
The actress, shared a post about the significance and utmost importance of Breastfeeding Week on Instagram with a caption that read, "New dads & loved ones listen up! It’s World Breast feeding week and this post is for you to know that you can be the biggest support and encouragement to a new mom! A mother may be depressed, lacking in confidence, worried, or stressed and it affects breastfeeding. These factors do not directly affect her milk production, but can interfere with the way in which she responds to her baby. This can result in the baby taking less milk, and failing to stimulate milk production. So be there for her. "

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