Breastfeeding is the most normal and pivotal part of a child’s life and growing years. The most natural and initial bond that a mother usually shares with her baby and over the years, women who took up the practise have faced a lot of stigma when publicly speaking about it.
Several public places are not friendly to the practise while others encourage women to feel comfortable when pumping or feeding their child. There is a massive stigma around breastfeeding that causes women to feel uncomfortable when driving the basic needs of their child.
Many celebrities have been vocal about it over the years and have tried to make this taboo fade away. Mothers and allies have taken up to eradicate the stigma in the minds and change this way this practise is perceived.
As we commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, here’s a look at celebrity moms and their views on breastfeeding.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
“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”
“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 every day trying to stimulate milk supply) but its such a beautiful way to bond and connect with your child plus all the nutritional benefits that your child gets from your milk”
Lara Dutta Bhupathi
“After seven months of motherhood, breastfeeding helped me to tone my body up to get back to acting.”
“Breastfeed for at least six months. Don’t give in to the pressure of getting back in shape in short time. Its neither good for you, nor your newborn. Check with your gynecologist what foods you should be consuming. Strict dieting at this time is a no-no. And yes, breastfeeding can actually help you burn calories.”
“Women often have various notions about some foods which should or shouldn’t be eaten when they are pregnant. When it comes to shedding kilos after pregnancy, it becomes crucial to lose weight in a safe manner without depriving your body of the essential nutrients. After all, you need to breastfeed your baby and manage other tasks as well, and not eating right will only harm your body.”
“Breastfeeding has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love it! I cant stop! I think I’m going to breastfeed him until he goes to college. I’m hooked.”
“I always knew that breastfeeding was good for a baby but I never knew how important colostrum (the first thick yellow milk) is to protect him from so many diseases.”
“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”
“A mother has her choice of how and where she chooses to feed or breastfeed her child. However, time and time again we see people looking at breastfeeding mothers in a sexual manner.”
“This is a pic of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during the filming. Women multi task everyday and I was so lucky to have such an amazing crew and cast that supported both my new motherhood and career goals!”
“I am happy to say that I haven’t fed or pumped in three days and it’s crazy how fast you can come out on the other side. I feel fine and happy and relieved and silly that I even stressed on it so hard. Banks is thriving and I get even more time with her and daddy gets to do more feeds! And mommy gets a tiny bit more sleep!”
“They’re just boobs!” she says. “Calm down. They’re under our shirt whether you’re looking at them or not.”
“I think breastfeeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby so I can give a shit what somebody else thinks.”
“My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development and to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.”
“I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it, its just so good for the baby and good for yourself.”