An accomplished yogi is showing off her multitasking mom skills by posting a video of her breastfeeding while doing a headstand.
Carlee Benear, 30, a mother-of-three from The Woodlands, Texas, posted the video of her completing the gravity-defying move while breastfeeding her 19-month-old daughter, Maramaylee to Instagram.
With over 66,000 followers, Carlee frequently posts pictures and videos of her completing complicated yoga poses while breastfeeding.
She continued practicing while she was pregnant with Maramaylee and also involves her other two children Milam, six, and Cale, three, in meditation and yoga.
However, Carlee only started doing yoga after the birth of her second child Cale, as she struggled with postpartum depression.
‘My yoga journey started after the birth of my second child. I wasn’t willing to go through postpartum depression again, so I actively committed to the journey within,’ she shared on her Instagram page in February.
‘My kids are always around me and my two boys started their journey along with me. When we found out we were expecting again, we celebrated the creation of life together as my daughter grew inside my womb.’
Crediting yoga with helping her ‘dive into motherhood and become the mother I always dreamed of’, Carlee also suggested that her daily yoga practice has allowed her to be supportive and patient, lessons she is passing onto her kids.
‘Life as a mother has its stresses, but yoga helps us all reconnect with what is really the must do’s of everyday life. To Love and be loved. Bringing her to our practice of embracing life was a natural choice. They grow up learning to be limitless.’
And addressing her decision to share images of her breastfeeding while doing yoga, Carlee explained that as breastfeeding is a ’24/7 dedication’, she had to learn how to combine it with her usual daily activities.
‘I believe as parents it is our duty to make that time for our self because we can not pour from an empty cup,’ she said.
‘Breastfeeding yoga has helped me combat postpartum depression and has made my breastfeeding journey free of any bumps in the road, such as mastitis, worry of lacking in supply, getting over those first few weeks of tenderness, let down control and the stresses of being needed around the clock- to name a few.’
‘Not only that, but it helped me get my mind out of the way and let my body soar with the possibilities and control that are naturally there,’ she added.
And she also expressed that no woman should feel ashamed of feeding their child.
‘Society has taught us to just hand over our children and let the world sculpt them, we are losing our connections in families by this view and missing out on many opportunities to not only TEACH our own kids but LEARN from them’ she wrote.
She also took the opportunity to address critics who leave negative comments on her page, questioning her parenting decisions and her motivation for being so open and honest about her body and family.
‘We need to stop projecting (and running away from) our hurt onto others in the form of harsh judgmental words or actions, so that we can all know peace and free ourselves from the pain of the past, resolve our buried issues and evolve together,’ she said.
‘We may never agree because there is no one way to do ANYTHING, but what we can learn from each other through acceptance is what makes this human experience so beautiful.’
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