Being a new parent can be daunting, more so if you’re a mother who has to be ready to feed her baby as frequently as every hour.
Anna Young, who has a five month old baby, ran a half marathon last week.
This image of her is sweeping across social media:
Having left the house at 4:30am after feeding her daughter, Young proceeded to pump her breast for milk while she was running.
I nursed my daughter before I left my house, pumped after running the first eight miles and nursed her after I made it past the finish line.
What. A. Boss.
Speaking to indy100, she said:
When I had to pump I was nervous, but I felt like I was running so well that I wanted to keep progressing on the course. I was nervous someone might get confrontational with me but I decided no one was really paying any attention or could tell what I was even doing.
One other woman in the race did notice and cheered me on because she could tell what I was doing and that gave me a little more confidence.
Finishing the race was an enjoyable experience. The last 3 miles had been a struggle for me mentally and physically so I felt very accomplished. I was happy to see my husband and my daughter a few minutes after I crossed the finish. We sat down together and I was able to enjoy nursing my daughter.
To other breastfeeding moms I would say find a way to do the things you love with your children. If breastfeeding is painful or difficult know that there are resources there to help you, reach out to your local La leche league or meet with an IBCLC. Don't be afraid to nurse your children when and where you need to. It can be intimidating to nurse in public but it does get easier and the more often it happens the more normal it will become.
Young had posted the photo on Occupy Breastfeeding, a Facebook group dedicated to raising awareness about breast feeding.
The photo spread like wildfire, with over 10,000 ‘likes’ and almost 2,000 shares.
Lyssa Michelle wrote on Facebook:
Holy s--t!!! Amazing!! I ran a half on Saturday, too! I was DYING to get to my son after to nurse. I wish I had been brave enough to pump while running (walking)! Thank you for normalising breastfeeding!
One for the ladies... I'm a guy, but of this I'm truly astounded. This is truly astronomical, that someone like you would go to such a length as this. Yes, this should be the norm everywhere. Go Anna! You rock!!!