Badass Athlete Mom Adds New Feat to the Triathlon -- Breastfeeding!

Triathlete Katrina Bolduc breastfeeds her child after race

When you become a mother for the first time, it's only natural to question how life will be -- and change -- now that baby is here. Can I juggle motherhood and still pursue my passions? Am I a "bad mom" for wanting to do so? Katrina Bolduc is a California new mom whose post-triathlon breastfeeding photo is a powerful reminder of a mother's strength and her ability to be an all-around badass.

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Katrina's triathlon experience, and her ability to endure physically and mentally difficult situations, has certainly helped her off the race course. Once told by doctors she could never have children, Bolduc defied all odds by giving birth to her son, Grayson, in December. And rather than retire her gear, Mom wanted to prove to herself she could be a mother, be an athlete, and take on the sometimes awesome, sometimes chaotic journey known as breastfeeding.

And that, friends, is what makes Katrina's now-viral photo on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page so damn amazing.

Let's give it up or this Triathlon medal winning breastfeeding mama! "First triathlon back postpartum and as soon as I...

Posted by Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Sunday, July 24, 2016

What's even more awesome about Katrina's experience is that onlookers showered Mom with congrats, instead of telling her to cover up. A win for trying to normalize (public) breastfeeding.

(Hooray!)

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While most new moms would likely never dream of competing in a sprint triathlon (that's almost a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5k run) months after giving birth, Katrina did -- reinforcing one fact so many of us forget: Every mom possesses the ability the achieve her wildest dreams.

As Mom tells Shape:

I think sometimes society kind of pushes [new moms] aside and expects us to stay at home and not work out and just be a mom. But I believe -- and I think I'm proof of that -- that we can be so much more.

Wow.

There are so many layers to Katrina's story -- and how inspiring it is -- that I don't know where to begin. I'm simply in awe of this mom and her ability to check four post-baby races off her list (oh yes, this triathlon was just one event she did) and still have time to breastfeed her 7-month-old, like it's no big deal.

Heck, I remember how I felt after my first sprint triathlon (I was the second-ranked woman). Trust me when I say nursing my child after crossing the finish line would likely not be at the top of the list (ha!).

So many women are bombarded with life obstacles that can silence their inner voice to keep on going. What Katrina accomplished -- from having a baby when doctors said no, to competing in races while navigating her way through the newfound territory of motherhood -- is simply amazing.

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Each and every one of us has the fight in us to get to whatever finish line we're trying to reach. We just have to keep on trying, no matter how much we feel like giving up.

Being a part of a community of mothers fuels me to kick ass in whatever endeavor my heart desires. This is why it's so important to build each other up and show one another we can have our babies and enjoy our hobbies and pastimes -- without being shamed or called a "bad mom."

Marvel can keep their superheroes, because I found mine.

(Man, I feel like running now.)

 

 

Image via Breastfeeding Mama Talk/Facebook

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