"I Feel More Empowered"—A Hockey-Playing Mom on Breastfeeding in the Locker Room

Updated 03/28/18
Serah Small

Serah Small just became an icon to mothers everywhere. The teacher and hockey player from Alberta, Canada, is a new mom who found herself in a tight spot after forgetting her pump at a hockey tournament (which she was playing in just eight weeks after giving birth, mind you). Without her pump, she found herself leaking while she was out on the ice, forcing her to breastfeed her daughter, Ellie, in the locker room between periods, hockey garb and all.

Instead of hiding the fact that she had to strip down mid-game to take care of her child, Small took to Facebook to write a touching post about her experience and share a photo of the tender moment she shared with her baby girl in the hopes of normalizing breastfeeding. She also shared a second photo with a lactation service called Milky Way Lactation Services.

"I have been so scared to post this photo that I absolutely adore. Why? Because society has made breast[s] sexual," Small writes. She goes on to explain that she has struggled to feed her daughter covered, leading her to bare all when feeding. "Although at times I feel the burn of judgemental eyes I feel more empowered than anything to be able to meet my babies needs the way my body intended."

Small also discusses the struggles she's gone through in accepting the athleticism of her new body. She signed up for two hockey tournaments while pregnant, expecting to be able to jump right back into her sport after giving birth. However, she explains that the return to hockey has been more difficult than anticipated. "My body wasn't doing the things my brain thought it could. But I have never been more proud of myself and my body," she writes.

Her relatable and inspiring experience is just one example of moms everywhere striving to normalize an activity that's arguably one of the most natural aspects of life and her post has clearly struck a chord with others. A quick glance at the comments section of her post reveals an overwhelming amount of love and support, with many moms sharing that they wished they were as brave as Small.

"Being a mom is absolutely amazing and I'm so happy I got to do something I absolutely love while still meeting my babies needs. Our bodies are amazing and this weekend was the first time I truly appreciated mine," Small concluded.

Read Small's full post and see the sweet photos she posted shared below.

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