Have you ever wondered what celebrity moms think about breastfeeding? Many, in fact, swear by its health benefits. Take a look at what they feel about this beautiful bond between mother and baby.
By Ashwin Dewan
The World Health Organization recommends newborns to be breastfed within the first hour of birth and also, for the first six months. But, there is still a need to promote the benefits of breastfeeding across the country. So, when popular personalities advocate the importance of breastfeeding to all new mothers, it helps spread the message to a wider audience.
In recent times, many famous personalities have spoken about the right of a woman to breastfeed in public and have strongly demonstrated their support for the cause. As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, here is a compilation of what celebrity mothers have said in support of breastfeeding.
One of the most stylish actors in Hindi cinema, Kareena Kapoor Khan gave birth to Taimur in 2016. The actor had this to say:
"First, 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."
Source: DNA India
Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, mother to Zaira, has often advocated the health benefits of breastfeeding.
“After seven months of motherhood, apart from exercising and dieting, breastfeeding helped me to tone my body up to get back to acting,” said the spouse of tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi.
Source: The Indian Express
Indian actor and producer, Raveena Tandon is a doting mother to her four children.
“Breastfeed for at least six months. Don't give in to the pressure of getting back in shape in an insanely short time. It's neither good for you, nor your newborn. Check with your gynaecologist what foods you should be consuming. Strict dieting at this time is a no-no. And yes, breastfeeding can actually help you burn calories!”
Karisma Kapoor, actor and elder sister of Kareena Kapoor Khan, is super stylish and a hands-on mom to her two children.
“Women often have various notions about some foods which should or shouldn’t be eaten when they are pregnant. And when it is about shedding kilos after pregnancy, it becomes even more 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.”
Source: World of MOMS
Bollywood actor and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to Aradhya in 2011. She breastfed her little one for a long time.
"Enjoy your motherhood years no matter how consuming it might be. You must always remember that having a child is a blessing. Plan well and give everything its sweet time.”
Model and actor Lisa Haydon gave birth to her son Zack, in 2017. In one of her social media posts, Lisa shared:
“Breastfeeding has played such a big part in getting back into shape after giving birth to my baby.” She added, “Breastfeeding has been challenging+time consuming (literally hours spent every day trying to stimulate milk supply) but it’s such a beautiful way to bond and connect with your child plus all the nutritional benefits that your child gets from your milk.”
Spanish actor and model Penelope Cruz is a mother to two children, Leonard and Luna. She believes that breastfeeding helps burn calories. She nursed her little ones for months so that she and her children would both benefit.
"I was breastfeeding my son Leonard for 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter."
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is one of the highest-paid models in the world, has a son and a daughter. She is a firm supporter of breastfeeding. In 2010, she declared:
"There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
Source: Daily Mail
Bollywood actor and former Miss India, Celina Jaitly, who is a mother to four children, believes in the many benefits of breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding is very important for your baby and the mother. According to research, it protects a mother from cervical cancer and has tremendous health benefits. I breastfed for six months...the antibodies and immunity that you build lasts for a lifetime.”
Source: Gulf News
Singer Shakira, who is from Colombia, says breastfeeding has been a wonderful experience.
"Breastfeeding has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love it! I can't stop! I think I'm going to breastfeed him until he goes to college. I'm hooked."
Social activist Nandita Das is a mother-of-one, and an advocate of the many benefits that breastfeeding provides.
“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."
Source: Business Standard
American songwriter, dancer, actress, and businesswoman Beyonce nursed her daughter Blue Ivy for 10 weeks. She is a firm believer in the goodness of breastfeeding.
"I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it, it's just so good for the baby and good for yourself."
Source: The Grio
It is not easy to fulfil the role of a mother. What's more, new mothers face many challenges and pressures today. However, breastfeeding is one act that is beneficial for both you and your baby. So, go ahead, create a wonderful bond with your baby and enjoy this beautiful time together.
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