There is different culture in India around breastfeeding. And even though it is common, when a woman feeds her baby in open, people around her behave awkwardly. Some people even pass snide comments on her. Even though it is most natural act, due to our social surroundings and the pressure that women face, it is still dreaded for women to feed in public. Most husbands, however liberal they are, feel protective of their wives and so request them to feed behind closed curtains as onlookers can be very demeaning of the act. Despite all this, some celebrities have come out in the open to speak about breastfeeding and why our society needs to warm to the idea of letting women feed their child publicly.
Lara Dutta: Lara Dutta, former Miss Universe and an Indian actor, strongly supports breastfeeding. Lara believes that feeding helped her to tone her body after she delivered her beautiful baby girl, Sara. She said, in an interview
“Being a mother is the most beautiful aspect of a woman’s life. It is also a great responsibility. As a mother I want to help all new and expectant mothers understand the importance of breastfeeding”.
Kasthuri: Kasthuri is a South Indian actress who shot for a breastfeeding project ‘A Beautiful Body Project’. She encourages women to shed their inhibitions about breastfeeding. She said
“Do it anywhere and at anytime”.
J Jayalalithaa: J Jayalalithaa chief minister of Tamil Nadu announced to provide separate rooms for mothers at bus terminal, so that they can nurse their infants. She said that
“It is my wish to provide all facilities to lactating mothers, considering these facts”
Binu Jacob: Binu Jacob, General Manager of Nestle India, launched a campaign about breastfeeding nutrition. It was an awareness campaign to creating a supportive work environment for mothers to sustain breastfeeding for longer. He said about nutrition of mother’s milk that
“Continuing to breastfeed for optimal period is not easy for new mothers as she is expected to take care of household responsibilities as well as the baby’s needs. Some mothers also have the additional pressure to get back to employment. It has been found that by the time the baby is 6 months old, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding drops to less than 30%. New mothers need support so that they can continue breastfeeding and give the child a healthy start to life. Nestle believes that breastfeeding is not just a mother’s responsibility”.
Nandita Das: Social activist Nandita Das discussed about breastfeeding benefits. About the same, she said at a panel discussion –
“I always knew that breastfeeding was good for a baby but I never knew how important colostrum (first thick yellow milk) is to protect her/him from so many diseases”.