Indore, June 21: Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel said that women in urban areas do not breastfeed their children as they fear it will spoil their figure. “Even today, women in cities believe that it (breastfeeding) will spoil their figure, which is why they do not breastfeed their children. They start bottle feeding their children,” Patel said during a programme at an anganwadi centre in Kashipuri on Wednesday.

“If the children are bottle-fed then their fate will also be shattered the way a bottle does,” she added. Patel also stressed on the need for a wholesome diet for the health of the newborn and the mother.

The governor advised pregnant women to register themselves with the Anganwadi centres to avail the benefits of government schemes.

She also encouraged women to take advantage the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), an initiative aimed at reducing exposure of women and children to smoke by providing clean cooking fuel.

It must be noted that Kerala High Court comprising Chief Justice Antony Dominic and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu, recently refused to categorize a magazine cover showing a woman breastfeeding her baby as obscene. “We do not see, despite our best efforts, obscenity in the picture, nor do we find anything objectionable in the caption, for men,” Live Law reported.  On March 1, complaints were filed before a Kollam court and the Kerala State Child Rights Commission against a Malayalam fortnightly magazine for featuring a model breastfeeding a baby on its cover page.

The women’s magazine also launched a ‘challenge’ urging women to send pictures of them breastfeeding children as part of its ‘breastfeed freely’ campaign.

(With agency inputs)