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This Mom Breastfed Her Baby While Exercising—and People Are Freaking Out

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A proud husband's photo of his wife working out while breastfeeding has sparked controversy on Facebook.

Exercising is nonnegotiable for 35-year-old mom Sharny Kieser, who is also a fitness trainer and the author of the

Healthy Junk cookbook

, which was inspired by her own journey losing the 66 pounds she'd gained after her first three children.

It's no surprise, then, that she's already back to doing lunges just two weeks after popping out another baby—her sixth!. What is surprising is the reaction Sharny received after a photo of her breastfeeding while working out went viral.

"I caught Sharny multitasking today. In public. ‪#‎breastercising‬," her husband Julius wrote on Facebook, captioning an image that showed his wife lunging while nursing their two-week-old son, Magnus. "I don't get the whole breastfeeding in public problem. It's not disgusting at all."

We couldn't agree more!

But the proud husband's photo apparently sparked controversy for a different reason. "Don't have an issue with breast feeding at all, I think it's wonderful, but for the little time you have them as tiny tots could you cut the multitasking crap for 10 mins and enjoy the one on one time with your child," wrote one commenter. "We are/were all busy mums but I think our children deserve us to be completely in the moment with them."

Added another: "I honestly don't understand why it's necessary to exercise whilst breastfeeding? Is it even comfortable? Can you concentrate on doing the exercise properly?"

Apparently she can. "A lot of people think it's gross or strange or that I should be bonding with Magnus, but I feed six times a day, I'm not exercising every time and when I do I'm also watching the kids ride around on their scooters and play outside,"Sharny told the Daily Mail Austrailia. "It's not like I'm running or leg pressing or doing weights, I'm doing squats and lunges as they are the easiest things to do while feeding. Then at night we sit quietly and feed."

A perfect response! Though it's sad that in this day and age, the mom of six even felt the need to have to defend herself. To each her own, right? Go get 'em, Sharny!

Breastercising: The New Time-Saving Workout Move for Moms

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A photo of a woman exercising while breastfeeding, or breastercising, is going viral—it's definitely genius, but why is this workout move eliciting so much hate?

When Julius Kieser posted a photo of his wife,

Sharny Kieser

, breastfeeding while lunging during a workout, we were pretty much in awe. Any mom knows that when you're raising kids, time is a precious commodity. And since this particular mama is raising

six

children, it's a small miracle that she's even able to sleep, let alone exercise regularly.

Kieser dubbed the move "breastercising," and we're in favor of both the act itself and the term given to it, provided it's carried out in a safe way. After all it is so easy for parents to neglect their own bodies and needs in the first few years and we think it's incredibly important for moms to keep up with the things that make them feel great. If you can get in a workout while also taking care of your child, what could be wrong with that?

But viewers of this picture don't all feel the way we do. Naysayers were quick to criticize Kieser, who is a personal trainer, for not focusing solely on breastfeeding. The comments below the photo include things like: “Cut the multitasking crap for 10 and enjoy the one-on-one time with your child. We are/were all busy mums but I think our children deserve us to be completely in the moment with them.” And: “I honestly don’t understand why it’s necessary to exercise whilst breastfeeding? Is it even comfortable? Can you concentrate on doing the exercise properly?”

But Kieser defended herself against the hate. “A lot of people think it’s gross or strange or that I should be bonding with Magnus, but I feed six times a day, I’m not exercising every time and when I do I’m also watching the kids ride around on their scooters and play outside,” she told the Daily Mail Australia. “It’s not like I’m running or leg-pressing or doing weights, I’m doing squats and lunges as they are the easiest things to do while feeding. Then at night we sit quietly and feed.”

We say that as long as Kieser is keeping her kids safe, she's not doing anything wrong by taking some time to do something that's good for her own health. And beyond that, it's high time women stop judging other women for the personal decisions they make for themselves and their families.

What do you think of this?

‘Breastercising’ Mom Shamy Kieser Under Fire Due To Breastfeeding While Exercising

Breastfeeding is being advocated all over the world, and moms get a lot of praise when they do it. But this 35-year old "breastercising" mom may have overdone it. Shamy Kieser has been under fire lately after her husband posted a photo of her breastfeeding while doing lunges on Facebook.

The controversial photo of Shamy shows her breastfeeding her two-week old baby boy while doing lunges at the yard. Her husband, Julius Kieser, was very proud of his wife, which was why he posted the photo on Facebook, with the hashtag "#breastercising".

But as soon as the photo was out, a lot of criticisms were hurled at the breastercising mom. According to a report by Yahoo News, the mother of six was not ridiculed for breastfeeding in public, rather, people expressed their resentment towards her failure to give her two-week old baby the proper attention when breastfeeding.

Some of the comments on Facebook were like, "Cut the multitasking crap for 10 [minutes] and enjoy the one on one time with your child." Another commenter simply posted, "I honestly don't understand why it's necessary to exercise whilst breastfeeding?"

According to Daily Mail, not all commenters criticized Shamy. Some were quite supportive of her. Others, actually praised her efforts at trying to stay fit while breastfeeding.

In defense of herself, Shamy said, "A lot of people think it's gross or strange or that I should be bonding with Magnus, but I feed six times a day, I'm not exercising every time and when I do I'm also watching the kids ride around on their scooters and play outside."

She also added that lunges were the easiest things that one can do while nursing. They're not like running, weights or leg pressing.

Shamy was dubbed as the "Fit Mum" and although her photos spark a lot of controversy on social media, she surely has become more popular than before. For Shamy, the earlier that she gets back into doing exercises, the faster she'll be able to bounce back.

Dad’s Photo of Mom-of-6 ‘Breastercising’ Stirs Debate

A proud husband’s photo of his wife working out has sparked controversy on Facebook because it shows the mother-of-six doing lunges while simultaneously breastfeeding in a maneuver that he hashtagged, #breastercising‬.

“I caught Sharny multitasking today. In public. ‪#‎breastercising‬,” Julius Kieser, an Australian personal trainer, wrote on Facebook in a caption of the image posted Jan. 26, revealing his wife exercising while nursing their 2-week-old son, Magnus. “I don’t get the whole breastfeeding in public problem. It’s not disgusting at all.”

But judging from the comments on the image, Facebook readers didn’t have a problem with Sharny breastfeeding in public. The problem some had is the double duty she was showing off. “Cut the multitasking crap for 10 [minutes] and enjoy the one on one time with your child,” one commenter replied in part. “We are/were all busy mums but I think our children deserve us to be completely in the moment with them.” Another added, “I honestly don’t understand why it’s necessary to exercise whilst breastfeeding? Is it even comfortable? Can you concentrate on doing the exercise properly?” A third simply asked, “Why?”

Sharny breastercising‬ again, alongside a few of her children (Photo: Facebook/Sharny & Julius)

The 35-year-old mother, also a trainer, offered an explanation the following day. “A lot of people think it’s gross or strange or that I should be bonding with Magnus, but I feed six times a day, I’m not exercising every time and when I do I’m also watching the kids ride around on their scooters and play outside,” Sharny told the Daily Mail Australia about the controversial photo. “It’s not like I’m running or leg pressing or doing weights, I’m doing squats and lunges as they are the easiest things to do while feeding,” she added. “Then at night we sit quietly and feed.”

Sharny at 39 weeks pregnant with her sixth child (Photo: Facebook/Sharny & Julius)

Exercising, after all, is nonnegotiable for the self-described “Fit Mum” who runs fitness programs and penned the Healthy Junk cookbook, inspired by her own journey losing the roughly 66 pounds she’d accumulated after her first three children. “I felt like a terrible mother, and that it was just going to be this way forever until something externally changed for me,” Sharny writes on her website. So in the 12 weeks after she welcomed her fourth child, she said she dedicated herself to getting in shape — and lost 52 pounds. “No longer was I afraid of exercise, I learned to LOVE it.”

Sharny before and after her slim down (Photo: SharnyAndJulius.com)

Then after welcoming her fourth child, the fitness guru told Daily Mail Australia in 2015 that she had another “enough is enough” moment,” when she looked at herself in the mirror and “was like, ‘Oh my god, who has eaten Sharny?’ I felt like this fat old woman and that’s how I saw myself … It was all in my head but I just felt miserable.”

So for her fifth and sixth pregnancies, the mother got serious about staying fit while she was expecting, to help shed her baby weight more quickly afterward. “Walking, squatting, and doing things makes me feel better and feel good,” she said, adding, “With Hugo, my fifth child, I waited a few months before exercising again and it was much harder. If I wait less time I bounce back faster.”

Fitmum Sharny and her Pregfit Labor

She says that anyone can have a pain-free, 15 minute labour. And that’s bloody unhelpful.

HOLLY WAINWRIGHT

Seriously, what have we been thinking?

Silly, lazy women.

There we are, pushing and swearing and screaming our way through childbirth like it’s some sort of, I don’t know, labour, when we could have been smiling through a 15-minute ‘pain-free’ delivery.

Fifteen minutes.

In fact, if only I had listened to certain “experts”, I may never have known just how indescribably excruciating it is to push a tiny human out of your far, far tinier vagina. I would have tensed something, flexed something, stretched out an elegant, toned leg and Pop- we’re done here.

How? If I’d have done more exercise when I was pregnant.

This past week it seems exercise is being floated as a cure-all when it comes to those difficult parts of pregnancy and childbirth that women have lived and died by for centuries.

Michelle Bridges says her fitness has handed her a pregnancy at 44 without the need for all the pesky fertility treatment that she might have otherwise have had to explore.

It’s wonderful for Michelle, of course, but an irritating comment for millions who have struggled with infertility. Those women might well hear in that reasoning an insinuation that they weren’t sacrificing hard enough to get pregnant, that they’ve been sitting on their over-sized bums scarfing party pies when they could have solved all their problems with a few more sit-ups. That is rarely the case.

And now there’s another thing exercise can do for us – take away the pain of childbirth. Last July, ‘fitmum’ Sharny Kieser went into labour and gave birth to her fifth child in a birthing pool. The whole process took 15 minutes.

I have spoken to Sharny about her in-your-face views on motherhood and fitness in the past. Hers is a take-no-prisoners transformation story. She was, in her opinion, overweight and unhappy and now, through eye-watering self-discipline and a business model that revolves around her and her husband Julius’s impressive physiques, she is now pregnant with her SIXTH child, and peddling a book about how to have a FIT PREGNANCY, not a FAT PREGNANCY. In Sharny’s eyes, there is no reason why we can’t all do what she has done.

Sharny is a shining example of healthy living. She has made fitness her business, but that comes with a side of judgement. And when that judgement is around birth and babies, it’s dangerous, dangerous territory.

Because when it comes to how women give birth, we already see judgement in all corners.

Didn’t take any drugs? You’re smug.

Opted for the epidural? You’re selfish, and drugging your baby.

Had a C-section? Well, you didn’t REALLY give birth, did you?

Did it in a birthing pool with the midwife? You risk-taking hippie, you.

But one thing that is generally not in dispute when it comes to the discussion of childbirth is this: It hurts. It hurts like hell.

And yes, there is a way to have a (relatively) pain-free birth: The administration of DRUGS, early and often. But drugs aside, it’s unlikely that pain is what’s going to be missing from your experience of giving birth.

Obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist Dr Joseph Sgroi, says that it’s undeniable that being fit and healthy and having a BMI that’s well within a healthy range is going to impact positively on labour.

“It’s a bit like running a marathon, you want to be as fit as you possibly can because you need to have good stamina to get through the labour itself, and the pushing. If you’re fatigued it’s a lot harder to achieve. In my experience, women who are extremely fit do very well in labour.”

BUT, he says, that is not necessarily related to pain, and how much your labour will hurt.

“Certain women will experience pain at different thresholds… There are some mechanics at play, for some women no matter how fit and healthy you are, a natural birth might not be possible. Different women have different pain thresholds.

“I’m wary of health gurus overstating something that might let a woman feel let down afterwards, and that will be detrimental to her psychological state.”

In other words, being fit and healthy is very important for pregnant women, but it’s a false promise to suggest it will somehow magically score you a quick, painless labour.

Women who have not yet given birth (and many who have) are afraid of that. As well they should be. There’s pain, and bleeding, and danger. And before modern obstetric medicine, many, many women and babies died doing it.

Which makes pregnant women a vulnerable market for people selling The New Birth Solution. They will grasp on to the idea that there is a way of delivering a child that is safe, and doesn’t hurt like hell.

They will throw money at that promise, hand over fist.

Hypnobirthing, or Calm Birthing, is another technique that also promises a “pain-free” labour. And its teachings, which many women have found very helpful, revolve in large part about reframing how you see the pain of labour in your mind.

Rather than something terrifying to fight, Calm Birth ideology goes, see the pain as the inevitable, purposeful steps to getting your ultimate prize – your baby.

Hats off to you if you can keep that positive thinking going for one, two, 24, 36 hours.

The average calm-birth class program in Sydney costs around $500.

Again, promising frightened women a less painful birth is big business.

When I gave birth to my first child, I went to the average pre-natal classes with all the other scared people. Overwhelmingly, the question that most asked most often and earliest was “But how much does it hurt, really?”

The midwife tried to avoid the word PAIN, replacing it with its bullshit cousin DISCOMFORT, but, I’m telling you, there was nothing DISCOMFORTABLE about the pain I found myself in, several weeks later, in the middle of an early, high-speed delivery.

All the pre-natal yoga and perineal massage in the world can’t take away from the fact that labour hurts an incredible amount. It hurts so much that you temporarily, you lose your mind. And it hurts so much that when it’s over, you have no idea how you just lived through that.

But really, if the pain is the only thing that sucks about your birthing experience, then you’re doing okay. You’re lucky. If you get a baby in your arms and a couple of stitches and some war stories to tell at mothers’ group, you’re doing just fine.

Because for so many women, and for so many babies, things get a lot more complicated than that, with much higher stakes.

Not getting the labour you planned for is not the worst thing that can happen.

Telling pregnant women that they can achieve a pain-free birth plays to their fear of pain and their fear of failure.

And if a woman is safe, with a healthy child in her arms, failure is something they should never be feeling.

However long their labour lasted. And however much it hurt. Mums need to remember this: You have not failed. You are brave. And no one is having a pain-free birth. Ever.

Do you think people like Sharny are exploiting a woman’s need to “control” the birth experience.

* Dr Sgroi is a representative of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.



Dad’s Photo Of Mom ‘Breastercising’ Is A Multitasking Masterpiece

Dad snaps a photo of mom of six ‘breastercising’

There’s a photo of a mother of six doing squats while breastfeeding circulating around the internet right now. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as lazy as I do in this moment.

“I caught Sharny multitasking today. In public. #‎breastercising,” Australian personal trainer Julius Kieser, wrote on Facebook and shared on Instagram last week. “I don’t get the whole breastfeeding in public problem. It’s not disgusting at all,” jokes Kieser. “I actually think we need more chest equality. If more girls got their boobs out, there would be less alcoholism and less drugs.” Not sure if Kieser should quit his day job to become a comedian, but he and his wife certainly are motivated.

Sharny Kieser gave birth to her sixth child two weeks ago — and she’s already squatting like the pro that she is. Of course, because moms can literally never do anything without the internet weighing in about their parenting choices, she’s being judged for everything from not paying full attention to her children, to exercising too soon, to showing off.

Just seems way to self obsessed for my liking! Is it a lack of self confidence or a total “have to be skinny/ perfect thing. I’m sorry , but you put it out there to be judged. I’ll have to unlike your page so that I don’t have to be unkind.

Really! Breast feeding while exercising? I breastfeed my 3 children and felt that they deserved all my time and energy whether it be in public or private… We are/were all busy mums but I think our children deserve us to be completely in the moment with them.

I honestly don’t understand why it’s necessary to exercise whilst breastfeeding? Is it even comfortable? Can you concentrate on doing the exercise properly?

“I feed six times a day, I’m not exercising every time and when I do I’m also watching the kids ride around on their scooters and play outside,” Sharny told the Daily Mail. It’s not like I’m running or leg pressing or doing weights, I’m doing squats and lunges as they are the easiest things to do while feeding…then at night we sit quietly and feed.

Her kids look happy and healthy and she definitely looks the same. There’s nothing in these images but a loving family having some fun with fitness. Cool your jets, internet.

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