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 raisingsix
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?