Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia and Pink actor Angad Bedi were blessed with a cute little baby girl on November 18. The couple named her as Mehr who is eight months old now. On the occasion of Breastfeeding week, from 1-7 August, the actress began a campaign called #FreedomToFeed, to highlight the importance of mothers milk and the liberty a woman should have to feed her child. She spoke about how she had to hide behind a tree, once to nurse her child.

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In an exclusive interview with Mid-Day the actress revealed about the social stigma attached to the concept of breastfeeding in public places when facilities aren’t there. She said, Once when we were on an outdoor shoot, I had to go behind a tree to feed Mehr. The facility of nursing rooms should be made mandatory in public spaces. Often, mums quit breastfeeding soon after giving birth because they have to go to work. I would feed Mehr on set and fortunately, everyone around was so understanding,”

Neha Dhupia Talks On Her Breastfeeding Stigma: "I Had To Go Behind A Tree To Feed Mehr"
Neha Dhupia Talks On Her Breastfeeding Stigma: “I Had To Go Behind A Tree To Feed Mehr”

She further revealed that she wanted to make fathers aware and also know their mentality. She said, “The next step is to reach out to fathers and hear their perspective. Eventually, there needs to be a change in mindset that makes women feel free to feed when they want and how they want.”

Neha shared an IGTV video too, where she is seen talking about her new journey with nursing Mehr, on occasion of breastfeeding week. We can see that it is her daughter Mehr’s debut in the video though her face is hidden. The video gives us an insight into Neha’s everyday life as a mother.

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