This New Mom Is Pumping Breast Milk While Running a Half-Marathon

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Don't ever let anyone tell you there are things you can't do once you become a mother -- it's just not true! Anna Young is a Utah mom who pumped breast milk while running a half marathon just five months after giving birth to her daughter. This new mom is not only proving to the world there are no limitations to motherhood, but she's also illustrating the importance of normalizing breastfeeding. Because sometimes, you gotta pump on the go.



Needless to say, Anna's hard work -- including pushing her baby girl in the stroller while she ran during training -- paid off. Not only did Mom cross the finish line at the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, but she was able to express liquid gold in the process.

"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," Young shared 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...

Posted by Anna Young on Sunday, September 11, 2016

Does anyone else feel inspired to get up right now and get some miles in?

As much as I enjoy being a gym rat, and loved working out during my pregnancies and shortly after giving birth, I can't even imagine running a half freaking marathon five months postpartum ... and pumping.

To have this amount of focus -- and the control to pump and run -- blows my freaking mind!

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Listen, I ran a half marathon and can tell you I wouldn't have been able to do what this awesome mom did.

The proof is in my own photo. Look.

Tanvier Peart half marathon struggle photo

(The struggle to get to 13.1 miles was REAL!)

Anna's photo is the new poster for badass mamas and only reinforces my belief that all mommies have superhero abilities. It's such a powerful visual that makes me so proud to be a mom.

I LOVE how Mom gave zero Fs about expressing breast milk in public, as she had to keep up with her baby's nursing demands.

Anna told the Huffington Post:

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. 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.

You better tell the truth and shame these naysayers, girl!

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As a two-time breastfeeding mother myself, I remember feeling like I only had a certain amount of time to run out and do the things I wanted to do before hearing one of my sons yell to me in my mind, "Come home and feed me!"

The urgency to be an on-demand breastfeeder often makes so many mothers feel so guilty for taking the time they need for themselves.

Thank you, Anna, for showing moms everywhere that we can enjoy our hobbies and pastimes and still be a breastfeeding mother. I can only imagine the amount of women your photo has inspired. I know I feel more empowered.

I. Bow. Down.



Images via Pavel1964/Shutterstock; Tanvier Peart


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