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A Swimsuit Model Walked The Runway While Breastfeeding Her Daughter—And People Loved It

And she had no problem working the runway while doing so!

Swimsuit model Mara Martin took to the runway on Sunday night in a shimmering gold bikini, but it was hardly the bathing suit people noticed.

Instead, onlookers were cheering for Martin as she walked because she was breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter while doing so. In a video from the Sports Illustrated Swim Search fashion show, the new mom can be seen holding her daughter — who is wearing blue noise-canceling headphones — and strutting down the catwalk with ease, a giant smile spread across her face.

Not only did the crowd respond wildly to Martin’s walk down the runway, news outlets and social media have been chattering about it, too.

Martin, who was one of 16 people chosen to walk in the show at Miami Swim Week, said on her Instagram profile that she couldn’t believe she was waking up to headlines about something that she considers an everyday part of her role as a mother.

Wow! WHAT A NIGHT! Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit. Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country (sorry i don’t know your IG handle 🤦🏽‍♀️), one woman had a mastectomy (@allynrose), and another is a cancer survivor, 2x paralympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself (@bren_hucks you rock) Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!!!! Just thinking about all that was represented there… I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this. She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!! She and the entire Sports Illustrated family are the most amazing and incredible team to have worked with. THANK YOU for letting all 16 of us be our true selves, strong beautiful women!!! Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!!!!!! Lastly, to every single woman that rocked that runway with me. Be proud. I know I am of you! You all have inspired me in ways unimaginable. I love you all!!! #siswimsearch

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“It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least,” the Michigan native wrote. “I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

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Martin added that, while she was grateful for the opportunity to erase stigma related to public breastfeeding, she didn’t think it was something that should be a headline: “Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see.”

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There are so many inspiring women helping to normalize breastfeeding by showing that it is a regular part of everyday mom life. Remember multitasking mama Anna Young? She made headlines when she pumped breastmilk for her daughter while running a half marathon!

“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 wrote in a 2016 Facebook post.

One new dad was even able to experience “breastfeeding,” with the help of a nurse at the Wisconsin hospital where his wife gave birth. Maxamillian Neubauer’s wife, April, experienced complications during an emergency C-section. As a result, she could not immediately breastfeed their newborn daughter. So, Neubauer stepped in to help.

A creative nurse set Neubauer up with a nipple shield connected to a syringe of milk to give the baby the sensation of breastfeeding as well as skin-to-skin contact, which is important for infants’ development.

What a creative solution!