[ARTICLE] Marathon mum pumps breastmilk while on the run: Essential Baby September 2016

When you’re a breastfeeding mama, you’re likely to find yourself out and about when you need to feed your baby.

Sometimes that means feeding at a cafe, or in a library. It can also mean feeding on a plane, at the airport or in a shop.

US mum Anna Young faced a very different dilemma.

The mother from Salt Lake City decided to run a half-marathon before she even knew she was pregnant. The big event was to take place when her little one was five months old.

But Anna had a problem: she needed to leave her house at 4.30am and wouldn’t be able to feed again for hours.

So she came up with a plan: she would pump milk during the race. She pumped after running the first 8 miles (which is almost 13 km).

Others agreed, saying that running with engorged breasts would be a nightmare.

Midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies applauds Anna’s decision – and ability – to pump while running.

“Wow! That’s what I call true dedication to her child and commitment of breastfeeding!” she says.

“Imagine preparing your mindset for a marathon and packing all your express kit as well as your Gatorade…”

While Amanda is clearly impressed with Anna’s actions, she says they also help normalise breastfeeding and pumping.

And that’s something Anna wanted to do, using the hash tag #normalizebreastfeeding on her caption.

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