Olympic champion Torah Bright outrages the internet by breastfeeding her 10-month-old son Flow while doing a headstand
- Torah Bright marked Mother’s Day by uploading photo breastfeeding her son
- Bright was in a headstand while her 10-month-old son Flow was breastfeeding
- She urged mothers to ’embrace our quirkiness’ in response to some criticism
Olympic champion Torah Bright has urged mothers to ’embrace our quirkiness’ after a photo of her breastfeeding her 10-month-old son while in a headstand sparked an online debate.
Bright, Australia’s most successful Winter Olympian having won a gold and silver medal in the snowboard halfpipe, posted the photo last week as she marked Mother’s Day.
The image of her breastfeeding son Flow was part of a series of photos she uploaded alongside the caption ‘becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me’.
Olympic champion Torah Bright posted this photo of her breastfeeding her 10-month-old son Flow to her social media accounts as she marked Mother’s Day
Bright responded to criticism after the photo attracted thousands of comments on her social media accounts
She said: ‘My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard. Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition’
‘My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard. Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition.’
The breastfeeding photo attracted thousands of comments, including one that read ‘now that’s a balanced meal’.
Another said: ‘Breastfeed anywhere, anytime’, while a third commentator wrote ‘What an awesome mama bear. Love her’.
But Bright was also criticised for her breastfeeding approach, with one commenting ‘I’m not saying it’s not beautiful. Breastfeeding is between a mum and a child. This is way too much. It’s not about handstands and seeing how that child could actually latch on for likes’.
Bright said she was disappointed with the critical comments, many of which came from other mothers, adding ‘disclaimer: this is not a sustainable breastfeeding practice’.
‘Reading some of the comments make me sad,’ Bright wrote in an Instagram story.
Bright’s breastfeeding photo attracted thousands of comments on her social media accounts
Bright is pictured with son Flow and her partner, fellow snowboarder Angus Thomson
‘In my world mother’s should be each other’s cheerleaders (it’s hard enough). Embrace our quirkiness and finding the joy in every sh***y thing that is motherhood.
‘We all do it differently, it is not wrong or right. Motherhood is pure. I only now consider myself a wonder woman because I have joined the sacred mothers club with you. Nothing but respect to all mothers.’
Bright said she was ‘not looking for praise’, telling how she walks ‘this earth to the beat of my own drum, led by my intuition and search for love and joy… obviously’.
She also posted a quote from Mary Poppins that read ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game’.
‘Growing up with this as one of my favourite mantras… no wonder I play around with the jobs of motherhood, all in the name of fun,’ Bright said.