"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," Ms Patel said yesterday during a programme at an Anganwadi centre in Indore's Kashipuri.
"If the children are bottle-fed then their fate will also be shattered the way a bottle does," she added.
Ms Patel also stressed on the need for a wholesome diet to ensure better health of the newborn and the mother.
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.