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Incred­i­ble: Meet The Woman Who Breast­feeds Her Child While Per­form­ing Yoga (Pho­tos)

A moth­er-of-three has revealed how breast­feed­ing her two-year-old daugh­ter while doing yoga has helped her ‘con­nect’ with her body.

Car­lee Ben­ear, 31, from Texas, described how her youngest daugh­ter Mara­maylee will walk up to her as she’s hold­ing var­i­ous posi­tions, before latch­ing on to her breast.

She explained how she first took up yoga after the birth of her sec­ond child, hav­ing strug­gled with post-par­tum depres­sion fol­low­ing her first birth.

Car­lee even con­tin­ued doing yoga through­out her third preg­nan­cy, describ­ing how it helped her morn­ing sick­ness and find a greater con­nec­tion to her unborn daugh­ter.

Explain­ing why she breast­feeds Mara­maylee while doing yoga, Car­lee explained that it’s  helped her to enjoy breast­feed­ing while being in the moment.

Car­lee breast­feeds while hold­ing yoga pos­es in the park

Hold­ing pos­es and breath­ing while nurs­ing helps me con­nect with my body and be more present,’ Car­lee said.

Any­thing can be chal­leng­ing if you let your mind get in the way. I think that’s one of the things breast­feed­ing yoga has helped me move past and it’s helped me to believe in myself again.

Stay­ing in pos­es is big in yoga as it helps you be in your body and con­nect with your body dur­ing the ups and downs of breast­feed­ing.’

She added: ‘I am always aware of my daugh­ter around me and I adjust my flow to her because she loves to sneak snacks at any time, so I need to be ready for her to pounce.

There is good in this because it is yet anoth­er reminder to be present.

Now, yoga helps me be the moth­er I always dreamed of being because I can enjoy every moment to the best of my abil­i­ties.’

Car­lee explained how she took up yoga after the birth of her sec­ond child in 2013, after suf­fer­ing from post-par­tum depres­sion fol­low­ing the birth of her eldest child in 2016.

I got into yoga after the birth of my sec­ond child because my first bat­tle with post­par­tum depres­sion was ter­ri­ble,’ she explained.

I want­ed to con­nect more with myself as the tran­si­tion into moth­er­hood can make you feel like you lose your­self, or that you’re turn­ing into a new per­son with new respon­si­bil­i­ties.

One of the ben­e­fits of doing yoga is the abil­i­ty to slow down and enjoy life again in such a fast-paced world. We raise our kids with this pace and it’s more dam­ag­ing than it is help­ful to them for the real world.

Yoga showed me patience with myself and patience with my fam­i­ly as well as for every­one I inter­act­ed with. The prac­tice also helps you see things dif­fer­ent­ly.

We are often so fast to react, we for­get that this is not a race and we can sit and think before we take action.’

Car­lee explained how she con­tin­ued with yoga through­out the preg­nan­cy of daugh­ter Mara­maylee.

Yoga was the only way I sur­vived my preg­nan­cy. Even when I did­n’t feel like get­ting on my mat, it always made me feel bet­ter and ready to han­dle the day with a fresh face,’ she said.

It also helped me build con­fi­dence in my body and my abil­i­ty to birth a life, while also help­ing me stay in tune with my needs for recov­ery.

Preg­nan­cy is such a pre­cious time and you’re nev­er more in tune with your body, so what bet­ter time to explore how big the heart is, or how open the body is becom­ing? Yoga dur­ing preg­nan­cy gave me a con­nec­tion with my daugh­ter that I’d nev­er expe­ri­enced before.’

Car­lee admits that she’s had a mixed reac­tion on her Insta­gram feed (@carleebyoga) about her breast­feed­ing yoga, but  saidthat does­n’t mat­ter to her because it’s become such an impor­tant part of moth­er­hood for her.

It real­ly helps show the pow­er of a moth­er and her abil­i­ty to do great things for her­self and her fam­i­ly at the same time,’ she explained.

Mul­ti­task­ing is great, but I don’t think it should be used for every­thing all the time. We do still enjoy sit­ting down and nurs­ing while gaz­ing into each oth­er’s eyes too.

As far as what oth­ers say, there are good things and bad things that can be said about every­thing. What mat­ters is what you think and how you feel because you live your own life, no one else can do that for you.’

Car­lee said she nev­er expect­ed to still be breast­feed­ing her youngest by the time she was two years old, but she is more than hap­py to have reached this mile­stone.

I will car­ry on nurs­ing for as long as we both enjoy this bond­ing expe­ri­ence for.

My daugh­ter is even try­ing to mas­ter doing yoga and eat­ing now, it’s quite enter­tain­ing. We stop, drop and yoga through the tough times in our house. When we do yoga, its a few moments to stop, breathe and believe.

I do yoga when­ev­er I strug­gle as a moth­er, which is dai­ly. It’s not always pic­ture per­fect, record­ed or easy, but it is nec­es­sary for me to sur­vive and thrive.’

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