Mom Runs NYC Marathon While Breast Pumping

November 6, 2019

Molly Waitz won the New York City marathon without finishing first.

The 27-year-old, who gave birth to a son eight months ago, completed the 26.2 mile race while simultaneously breast pumping along the way.

"I never thought I would [run a marathon] and the fact that I was able to do it while working full-time and caring for my child, it was just unbelievable," Waitz told “Good Morning America.” "Anything is possible if you want to do it."

Using a hands-free breast pump strapped to her chest, the New York resident downplayed the difficulty of the impressive feat.

"I pumped for the first time somewhere between miles three and four and then I did it again right off the Queensboro Bridge, which was mile 16," she said. "I slowed down a little bit to do it but I didn’t really have to. You could do it blindfolded."

The device was connected to an app via Bluetooth which let her know when the bag was full. At that point, she would replace the bag and put the full one in her backpack.  Reminder, she would do all that while still running.

She wound up finishing the race, which was her first marathon, in six hours and 46 minutes and was able to pump 20 ounces of milk.

Waitz maintains she wasn’t trying to make a big statement about breastfeeding to shame other mothers who may choose other methods of nourishing their babies.

She continued: "There’s a lot of stigma about how should you feed your child. That’s not what I wanted to get across by doing this."

"They just need to have a happy parent and be loved,” Waitz added. “Whatever you can provide for your child is what’s best for them."

Waitz completed the marathon on behalf of First Candle, a charity which works to end Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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