Mum pumps breast milk while running half-marathon in support of #normalizebreastfeeding

Every mom in the world puts her child at priority no matter what and Anna Young “ran” even a step ahead in doing so. A photo is going viral of her pumping while running a half marathon. She pulled out a hand pump mid-run, and kept going while she pumped.Anna Young tells, she signed up to run the half-marathon before she even learned she was pregnant. She’s always been passionate about running, and even completed competitively while in high school and college, but a recent injury had set her back for a while. Young admits that she was a bit nervous, mostly because she was still nursing her daughter, who was 5-months old at the time. She wasn’t sure how she’d be able to go so long without nursing or pumping. As, half-marathons are about 13 miles, which is a good length of time.

In Anna’s words to Babble “Yesterday I ran a half marathon at five months postpartum,” Young shared in her post. “I had to leave at 4:30 AM and the race started at 6:45 AM. 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.”

Anna told  Huffpost “Posting this photo was an attempt to thank the breastfeeding community and make an effort to help normalize it,” Young said, adding that she wants to raise awareness about the many resources available to new moms, like support groups, lactation consultants and La Leche League.“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,” she continued. “I want other moms to see that you can still take time to do the active things you love and nurture your baby. Breastfeeding and motherhood does not limit what I am capable of, it only enhances it.”

After the race, she said she was pleased to discover that a race photographer had snapped a picture of the moment. She decided to post it on the Occupy Breastfeeding Facebook page.The post has gotten almost 10,000 likes and reactions and dozens of women have thanked her for sharing her experience.

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“I put it out there for the world to see, but I didn’t expect the world to see it,” Young said. Source

 

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