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.
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.
“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!”
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!