Sports Illustrated model walks the runway while breastfeeding

Sports Illustrated model walks the runway while breastfeeding

In a move that brings society closer to removing the stigma around breastfeeding, model Mara Martin walked the Sports Illustrated runway with her five-month-old daughter attached to her breast. 

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Metro/Mara Martin walked the runway while breastfeeding her baby

For many mothers, breastfeeding is a natural part of raising children. Despite the known benefits of breastfeeding, society still berates mothers for feeding their children in public.

Slowly, and with the help of prominent figures in parliament, people all over the world are beginning to think differently about what it means for women to breastfeed in public. 

Model Mara Martin, who walked in a Sports Illustrated swimwear show on Sunday, 15 July, made a bold statement about breastfeeding when she strode down the catwalk with her five-month-old daughter Aria attached to her breast. 

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Mara's turn on the runway grabbed headlines, with Metro reporting that Mara is happy to have shared a positive message about women "having it all". 

Wow! WHAT A NIGHT! Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit. Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. 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! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country (sorry i don’t know your IG handle 🤦🏽‍♀️), one woman had a mastectomy (@allynrose), and another is a cancer survivor, 2x paralympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself (@bren_hucks you rock) Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!!!! Just thinking about all that was represented there... I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this. She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!! She and the entire Sports Illustrated family are the most amazing and incredible team to have worked with. THANK YOU for letting all 16 of us be our true selves, strong beautiful women!!! Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!!!!!! Lastly, to every single woman that rocked that runway with me. Be proud. I know I am of you! You all have inspired me in ways unimaginable. I love you all!!! #siswimsearch

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While many people were praising Mara for the confidence with which she made her statement, some pointed out that her walk down the runway was an "attention-seeking" stunt. 

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