This Texas mom has taken multi-tasking to a whole new level, putting us non-breastfeeding folk to shame in the process. 29-year-old mom Carlee Benear’s Instagram has gone viral after she started posting photos of herself doing yoga poses while breastfeeding her child.
Benear explained to The Huffington Post UK that she had “flourished” in her yoga practice during her pregnancy. A month ago, her daughter Maramaylee was born, and the two were “inseparable.”
“After a few weeks of staring at her every move I felt the urge to get back on my mat and step back into my practice with this fresh new joy surrounding me,” she continued. “Breastfeeding and caring for a newborn are a full-time job on their own. So, gradually I took her on the mat with me.”
Benear now has over 8,000 Instagram followers and counting. Other yoga-practicing moms have also started following her example, posting their own yoga brelfies.
“Once we started feeding and flowing, a spark ignited,” she added. “Having her there with me flowing off of my energy helped me stay relaxed through the struggles of early breastfeeding. Some people relax by sitting in a chair or on a couch, I find my zen within my body.”
On the next page: find out how Benear started her yoga practice and how it’s changed the way she parents.
Benear has two older children: 5-year-old Milam and 2-year-old Cale. The poses that Benear holds while breastfeeding her daughter are very advanced, but it wasn’t until after the birth of her second child Cale that she started practicing yoga.
“Being a stay-at-home mom, I needed some kind of release,” Benear told The Huffington Post. “Yoga was the best discovery for me and my family. My practice took off, I embarked with my children, on an incredible journey of self discovery.”
She went on to say that her two sons also enjoy practicing yoga. It’s safe to say that it won’t be long before little Maramaylee follows in her footsteps as well.
“They love yoga,” she said. “I find them practicing on my mat and in everyday situations often. It has really spiked their confidence, something I find important for a child to have.”
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