Model breastfeeds baby on Sports Illustrated runway

Breastfeeding Sports Illustrated modelA model mum has turned heads on the runway by breastfeeding her five-month-old while strutting her stuff for Sports Illustrated.

Proud mumma Mara Martin says she hopes her catwalk stroll while nursing daughter Aria will be another step towards normalising breastfeeding, and show that women can ‘do it all’.

The 30-year-old donned a glittering gold bikini in the swimsuit show, after being chosen as one of 16 finalists from an open casting call for the Miami Swim Week Event. Mara revealed on Instagram that she’s blown away by the attention her runway walk has received.

“To be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is that it shouldn’t be a headline! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that.”

Mara paid homage to the other inspiring women who also took part in the show – including Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby.

“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, one woman had a mastectomy, and another is a cancer survivor, two timesParalympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself. Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!”

To hear from other mums and their breastfeeding stories read our article 8 mums tell their breastfeeding secrets and wisdom