A yoga enthusiast breastfeeds her baby and bleeds freely while doing yoga and she shares the photos with her followers on Instagram.
Carlee Beanear is not your average mum. The mother who lives in Texas with her three kids, aged 6, 4, and 18 months, is a full-time earth mother.
Carlee started doing yoga after suffering post-natal depression when her first child was born. She decided to try something new when her second baby was born in the hope it would help with her mental health.
She has now improved so well that her snaps on Instagram show her doing handstands, showing off flexibility and defying gravity while breastfeeding her youngest child at the same time.
She says it’s less about making a statement, and more about doing something natural and necessary, while giving herself some me-time in the process.
“As far as breastfeeding yoga goes, anyone who has breastfed knows that it is a 24/7 dedication,” Carlee tells Metro.co.uk. “I believe as parents it is our duty to make that time for our self because we can not pour from an empty cup. Breastfeeding yoga has helped me combat postpartum depression and has made my breastfeeding journey free of any bumps in the road, such as mastitis, worry of lacking in supply, getting over those first few weeks of tenderness, let down control and the stresses of being needed around the clock – to name a few.
Recently, Carlee went as far as sharing a photo that people found a lot more controversial than feeding her children while doing yoga.
She posted a picture of herself free bleeding with her children hugging her leg making it appear that she was bleeding on the kids’ heads.
A lot of people said it was “unhygienic” and criticized her for it. But there were those who praised her for destigmatising periods. The photo was later removed by Instagram after a number of people reported it.
Carlee said about the image: “No, my children were not bled on, they simply took a second to give me a hug. There were many women who were empowered by this reminding and many more who found me through the hate… Having a healthy monthly cycle is a blessing that not all women have. Celebrating life includes the moon cycle! Getting time to practice alone is hard to come by with 3 kids in the house who all have a yoga journey of their own, and I love including them because yoga teaches the best lessons of life.
“This is the blood they came from and after birthing them into my husband’s hands, we all have a great appreciation for it. I take time each cycle to be grateful that I can bleed and I incorporate it into my yoga practice to honor all of the women who have it and those that can not.”
However, Carlee says she’s not mad at the people who’ve criticised her for her decisions. In fact, she says she understands the reaction but wants people to look past their initial feelings and analyze why they’re reacting that way.