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World Breastfeeding Week 2021: “Breastfeeding Is Not Something To Be Done In Isolation,” Says Actor Neha Dhupia

World Breastfeeding Week is marked every year in the first week of August, this year, the theme for the week is “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility”

World Breastfeeding Week 2021: “Breastfeeding Is Not Something To Be Done In Isolation,” Says Actor Neha Dhupia

New Delhi: As a part of the World Breastfeed Week special, team Banega Swasth India speaks with actor and founder of the Freedom to Feed initiative – Neha Dhupia. From talking about why we need to have more conversations around breastfeeding, how breastfeeding is beneficial for both mother and her baby to sharing her own personal experiences, the actor touched upon various topics. She said,

“Breastfeeding is such a large conversation that needs to happen, therefore vocalising it is very important.”

Talking about her initiative Freedom To Feed, which she started in 2019 during World Breastfeeding Week that focussed on providing the freedom to new mothers to feed their babies without any judgments or stares, she said,

When I started breastfeeding initially, I faced a lot of problems. I couldn’t understand why it is not normal to breastfeed your child, I couldn’t understand, why I need to hide inside toilets and why aren’t there enough facilities for breastfeeding mothers.

Stressing on the need to normalise breastfeeding as a practice, she added, “The only way to do this is by having more conversations around it. We need to normalise breastfeeding by not sexualising it.”

Also Read: World Breastfeeding Week 2021: How Can COVID-19 Positive Lactating Mothers Exercise Care And Caution While Nursing Their Babies?

Actor Neha Dhupia, who is about to become a mom once again further said that one also needs to understand that if the mother chooses not to or cannot or doesn’t want to breastfeed their baby that doesn’t make them a bad mom. She added,

Breastfeeding should be done without any judgments. We need to give mothers their space, we need to understand everything a mother does for her child is normal & amazing in its own way.

Speaking about World Breastfeeding Week that is being marked from August 1 to August 7 and the theme – “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility”, the actor said,

Breastfeeding is a shared responsibility, it should not be taken for granted and thought like it’s only a mother’s job. It is not something to be done in isolation and without any support.

Highlighting the importance of breast milk for newborn babies and breastfeeding donations/milk banks coming out in support in unprecedented times of COVID-19, the actor said, “Breastfeeding is like liquid gold, the kind of nutrition breast milk gives to the newborn babies is something you cannot replace with anything. It is very unfortunate that children have lost their mothers, there are a lot of babies that need breast milk, especially the ones in the newborn intensive care unit.

I would like to urge mothers who can or would like to donate breastmilk should come forward and just do it, this will benefit a lot of babies. At a time like this, every drop of breast milk matters.”

Also Read: Expert Blog: COVID Hit Pregnant And Breastfeeding Mothers And Vaccination For Them

Signing off and sharing her World Breastfeeding Week message with everyone, the actor said,

Breastfeed as much as you can, it is great for the environment, your baby, and the mother itself. And if you can’t breastfeed, even that is alright.

Also Read: World Breastfeeding Week 2021: Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Mothers and Babies

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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