This runner mom, who didn't even bat an eye at pumping to feed her baby during a race, is basically our hero.
Breastfeeding moms know they have to be available to nurse their children or pump breastmilk at all hours of the day and night—and for one mom, that means being ready to pump even while pursuing a major athletic achievement.
Anna Young posted a photograph of herself running a half marathon at just five months postpartum, which is a rockstar move in and of itself. As if that weren't enough, the new mom ran with her breast pump in tow and pumped her milk while running. If that isn't multitasking at its most impressive, we don't know what is.
”Yesterday I ran a half marathon at five months postpartum,” the mom wrote in the caption of the photo, which she shared to Occupy Breastfeeding's page. “I had to leave at 4:30 a.m. and the race started at 6:45 a.m. I nursed my daughter before I left my house, pumped after running the first 8 miles and nursed her after I made it past the finish line.”
Nearly 10,000 Facebook users have reacted to the photo, and it has been shared over 1,600 times.
“I thought signing up for a race would be a good way to commit myself to running more regularly, as well as an opportunity to share something I am passionate about with my daughter,” Young told The Huffington Post. The mom also shared that she trained for the event by pushing her daughter's stroller while running. When the day of the race rolled around, she brought her pump with her and planned to pump on the sidelines—she was surprised when she realized a photographer had captured the shot she shared.
“Posting this photo was an attempt to thank the breastfeeding community and make an effort to help normalize it,” Young said. “Even though I was nervous about pumping during my race, I hope it helps other mothers to not be afraid to nurse their children in public, I want other moms to see that you can still take time to do tahe active things you love and nurture your baby. Breastfeeding and motherhood does not limit what I am capable of, it only enhances it.”