My Facebook feed has been inundated with highly stylized (and super awesome, don’t get me wrong) photos of moms doing yoga while breastfeeding or running marathons while pumping.
Part or me is in awe of these amazing women and the other part of me is beginning to question if we are creating our own “Supermom Trap.” My recent tipping point was when I read a “helpful tip” on how to get more exercise by planking while reading bedtime stories to your kids. I know this topic is not a new one. In my endless quest to find balance in my life as a working mom, I question how much pressure I put on myself as well as how many expectations are created by our society.
Let’s recap, we moms are expected to flawlessly balance raising our children, being a good wife, daughter, friend, sister, etc., Leaning In (thanks a ton, Sheryl), staying fit, eating well (this means organic, homemade, gourmet), keeping a beautiful home, organizing a Pinterest-worthy life, and the list goes on and on. Does it ever end? Why is the “Dad Bod” now considered attractive but my post-partum “Mom Bod” is not celebrated as sexy? Who is creating these rules?
Ladies, I hate to say it, but I think we are our own worst enemies. I am going to throw out a radical idea…let’s stop. Just. Stop. I don’t know about you but I am exhausted. I think I will cuddle my daughter during her bedtime story and save the planking for another time. There is a time and place for everything and I am going to step off the treadmill I have created for myself, take a breath and slow down. So go ahead and post your breastfeeding yoga pics – they are truly inspirational. I think I am going to do my yoga sans la leche.
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Carey Bradshaw, Author (& Nursing Aficionado)
Carey Bradshaw is a working mom just trying to balance it all. She runs Hooter Holster by Carey Bradshaw and Creative Butter. In her (scant) free time, besides perfecting her hands-free pumping bras, she loves yoga, reading, volunteering with All for Animals, and just being outside in the sunshine. Carey lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and business partner, George, their volunteer therapy dog, Buttercup, and their rambunctious and lovable toddler.