Olympian Australian snowboarder and breastfeeding mom, Torah Bright, is teaching the internet a thing or two about multitasking.
The 34-year-old Olympic gold medalist posted to Instagram for Mother’s Day, which included her 10-month-old son whom she welcomed on July 5, 2020, with Angus Thomson.
Of the photo series is an impressive picture of the mom breastfeeding her son outside, while upside down doing a headstand.
“Becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me. ???? It’s deeply spiritual. ???? It’s primal. ???? It’s raw. ???? it’s fierce. ???? It is pure. ???? I am mother,” she wrote in the caption. “My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard. Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition.”
The post did not exactly welcome praise and Bright responded to her fans and haters in a since-expired Instagram Story statement.
“Reading some of these comments made me sad,” she wrote. “In my world, mother’s should be each other’s cheerleaders. (it’s hard enough). Embrace our quirkiness and finding the joy in every s—-y thing that is motherhood. We all do it differently. It is not wrong or right. Motherhood is pure.”
Bright ended the post saying: “I only NOW consider myself a Wonder Woman because I have joined the sacred MOTHERS club with you. Nothing but respect to all mothers.”
Facing continued criticism, Bright took down the photo and decided to post a video to address the backlash.
“Please listen ☝️I feel so silly even addressing this. The photo was just a little bit of pure fun! Celebrating the bond between mother and child. I can understand how it’s not everyone’s taste, that’s fine. But from some of the negative feedback, what has struck me most is how we all, especially mothers need to support and uplift. Not judge a moment in time. Let’s find the village of motherhood to grow and support each other. Remember…Our children learn from our example.”
Back in April, Bright shared another controversial breastfeeding image to Instagram, which showed her breastfeeding while skateboarding.
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With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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