The new moms of Bollywood are conveying important messages as the world celebrates Breastfeeding Week. One such actress, Sameera Reddy highlighted the need to be more considerate towards women who face issues. She also echoed the message that Neha Dhupia conveyed, of the ‘Freedom to Feed’ so that there is an acceptance and support towards it so that mothers can breastfeed their children whenever they want.
Sameera highlighted how factors like depression for the mother could result in the baby taking up less milk, which could affect the milk stimulation, and so it was important to understand the pressure on the mother, something that could do a world of good for her.
The actress wrote in an Instagram post, “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. .”
The ‘Musafir’ star also stood up to the mothers, who were struggling with low milk production, saying there was no need to shame them. She continued her post, “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 🍼.”
In another post, the 34-year-old expressed her displeasure over the fact that breastfeeding in public is not viewed in the right light, while hoping there is an acceptance to make moms comfortable to feed the baby, as per their wish.
Sameera posted, “We are mothers. We choose to breastfeed and we should have the freedom to do so in public without shame. World breastfeeding week kicked off and I can tell you it’s been 3 weeks since Nyra is born and BF is a massive commitment. It’s hard . But what’s harder is it’s not easy to BF in public. It’s just not viewed in the right light . I hope that will change because we need that support system in place . So this Breastfeeding week I encourage the acceptance and support to make moms comfortable to feed their babies at any time. After all it’s the most natural process and we need to respect it!”
Sameera was blessed on July 12 with a baby girl, who she and husband Akshai Varde have named Nyra. The couple also has a son.
Earlier, Neha Dhupia had urged people to make breastfeeding a conversation so that there is no consciousness over it while hoping for better facilities for breastfeeding mothers.
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