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A British mom has made headlines all over the world after being photographed taking a break to breast feed her baby son during a 43-hour ultra marathon.
Sophie Power, who recently competed in the 106-mile, high-elevation Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc trail run through France, Italy, and Switzerland, has been applauded for showing “motherhood endurance” and “the strength of the human body” in the snap, which was taken by photographer Alexis Berg.
The 36-year-old mother of two and avid runner took time to nurse her 3-month-old infant, Cormac, during the challenging race.
“Cormac usually feeds every three hours, “This isn’t a story about me,” she wrote. “It’s a story about the daily struggle of being a new Mum. A story about the need to nurture our babies the best we can. And the importance to priorities our physical and mental health — to be ourselves as well as be a mother.
“I have been overwhelmed by the positivity and supportive messages. They are for all mothers for we are all in this together.” Despite having to stop to feed her son, Power managed to complete the marathon in 43 hours and 33 minutes.
She believes that keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is really important. She has logged 273 miles on Strava so far this year, 27 races.
"In a typical race I would get in and out of the aid stations as quickly as possible," she says. "But here I had to focus on keeping down enough food for me and for Cormac, and resting."(09/12/2018) ⚡AMP