This Utah mom just proved to us that mothers can do anything!
New mothers are often expected to give up almost everything for their babies—their careers, hobbies, passions, etc. Utah mom Anna Young decided not to put her life on hold and joined her first race since giving birth in April.
However, she knew that she’d have to stop to pump her breast milk somewhere in the middle of the race—otherwise, she’d be running in pain from her engorged breasts. After the first 8 miles of the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, Young slowed down to walk while pumping, unaware that a race photographer was capturing the moment.
“I thought it would be a good way to start exercising again and share something I love with my daughter”
After the race, she was pleased with the photograph, and shared it on the Occupy Breastfeeding Facebook page.
“Yesterday I ran a half marathon at five months postpartum. I had to leave at 4:30am and the race started at 6:45am. 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. This group and Le Leche League motivated me to find a way to run my race and take care of my daughter. #normalizebreastfeeding,” she wrote.
On the next page: Young explains why she decided to pump while running the half-marathon.