If you do breastfeed, breastfeeding in public can be a daunting idea for some.
Under Australian law, mothers must not be asked to stop breastfeeding in public places and this mum is highlighting just that.
Model and mum, Mara Martin strutted down the Sports Illustrated runway in Miami yesterday and not only did she exude confidence BUT she also was breastfeeding her five month old daughter, Aria at the same time.
See the multitasking mum below!
Model breastfeeds while walking down the runway
Martin is shocked by the attention and praise she has gotten from this walk and says, ” the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that.”
The image on the Sports Illustrated Instagram has over 1000 comments with majority of them praising Martin and says that she is helping to normalise breastfeeding in public.
Wow! WHAT A NIGHT! Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit. Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country (sorry i don’t know your IG handle ??♀️), one woman had a mastectomy (@allynrose), and another is a cancer survivor, 2x paralympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself (@bren_hucks you rock) Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!!!! Just thinking about all that was represented there… I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this. She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!! She and the entire Sports Illustrated family are the most amazing and incredible team to have worked with. THANK YOU for letting all 16 of us be our true selves, strong beautiful women!!! Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!!!!!! Lastly, to every single woman that rocked that runway with me. Be proud. I know I am of you! You all have inspired me in ways unimaginable. I love you all!!! #siswimsearch
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She continues to state that her breastfeeding in public should not be garnering this much attention and that there were other women on the same runway that should be praised.
“Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country, one woman had a mastectomy, and another is a cancer survivor, two timesParalympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself. Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!”
Did you know in Queensland there is now breastfeeding card to ‘know your rights’ to breastfeed in public and the workplace?
To make breastfeeding mothers feel safe and confident while breastfeeding in public AND when returning to the workplace, a ‘know your rights’ card has been launched by Queensland MP and new mum herself, Britanny Lauga.
Read the full story here.
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