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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Actress Neha Dhupia Calls For Empowering New Mothers To Have The Freedom To Feed

Neha Dhupia started a campaign ‘Freedom To Feed’ last year after she faced challenges in feeding her daughter Mehr in public and realized that there is an urgent need for normalising breastfeeding and making it easy for the new mothers

World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Actress Neha Dhupia Calls For Empowering New Mothers To Have The Freedom To Feed
Highlights
  • Breastmilk is like liquid gold: Neha Dhupia
  • Breastfeeding week is celebrated every year during August 1-7
  • Breastfeeding is very important for a baby's growth: WHO

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia has been a strong advocate of breastfeeding and the choice of a mother to feed her baby anytime, anywhere. In 2019, she even started a campaign ‘freedom to feed’ focused at providing the freedom to new mothers to feed their babies without any judgements or stares. During the ongoing World breastfeeding week that is observed every year from August 1 to August 7, she has urged people to encourage and empower breastfeeding women. In a video message shared by her with NDTV, Ms. Dhupia asserted that it is important to talk about breastfeeding not only during the breastfeeding week but all round the year.

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In her message, the Femina Miss India 2002 said that she started ‘Freedom To Feed’ after she faced challenges in feeding her daughter in public which made her realize the lack of a support system for breastfeeding mothers in the country. The campaign aims to call for a change to make it easy for mothers to breastfeed their children by building hygienic places for mums to feed their babies in public and changing the outlook of people towards breastfeeding. Ms. Dhupia said,

How and in what way a mother wishes to feed her child should be entirely her choice. Be it breastfeeding, bottle feeding or formula milk. She should not be subjected to any judgment. A mother knows what is best for her child and she will never do anything to jeopardise her baby’s health and safety. That’s why I started the initiative called ‘Freedom To Feed’. Breastfeeding is a large part of our conversation under this initiative.

She further said that through breastfeeding, the mother is providing food to her baby and compared the breastmilk with liquid gold. Ms. Dhupia, who has breastfed her daughter Mehr exclusively for the first six months of her birth said,

Breastfeeding is such an amazing thing. You are providing food for your child. Us mums, we call breastmilk as liquid gold. But, you know, the kind of spaces that are there in our country, and the fact that there is no talk about it too much and there is a stigma around the breastfeeding, and you are stared upon when you go out in public and you want to breastfeed your child, I feel that these things need to be fixed and that is why I am having this conversation. We are celebrating the breastfeeding week right now but we should be respectful of the mother who is spending all her time feeding and taking care of her child.

Also Read: World Breastfeeding Week: Many Health Benefits For Lactating Mother, Child

Earlier this week, Ms. Dhupia, who actively promotes breastfeeding, started discussion via live sessions on Instagram to mark the World Breastfeeding Week 2020. She said in the Twitter post,

World Breastfeeding Week starts on August 1st and has been created to raise awareness and galvanise action around breastfeeding and related themes. I will be hosting insta live talks all week long to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and invite you to join us at #freedomtofeed

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDao3mXJEG6/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDVggnMp_4s/

 

 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), breastfeeding is one of the effective ways to ensure child health and survival as breastmilk is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. It recommends that mothers must initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth and infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. However, nearly 2 out of 3 infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended 6 months, as per WHO.

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World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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