For most people, simply finishing a 70.3 mile Ironman race would be an incredible accomplishment. Now, imagine doing so while pumping breast milk for your infant.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jaime Sloan is a confident athlete who has always made time to keep fit and healthy. Just seven months after he youngest child was born, Jaime was ready to compete in the Ironman triathlon, a grueling long distance race that involves biking, swimming, and running a marathon. The only problem was that Jaime was still nursing her son, so she knew she’d have to find time to pump her breast milk during the race.
After finishing the swimming and cycling portions of the race, Jaime was on track to set a personal best time for herself. Yet as she climbed off her bicycle and started to lace up her running shoes, she felt the familiar tingling pressure building. She knew it was time to pump her breast milk, but she was unwilling to stop and ruin her time.
That’s when the multi-tasking mom of two decided to use her hand pump to pump her milk while she was running the marathon.
Being careful to abide by the “no nudity” Ironman rule, Jamie kept herself covered at all times, pumping for the first three miles of the 13.1 mile road race.
“I was having a hard time getting milk flow, so I would do this thing where I would like walk and pump for a minute, and then, you know, try and run again. But then my milk started to splash out, and so I just figured I’d speed walk,” she said.
Ironman rules also prevent runners from handing items off or taking items from spectators, so she was forced to carry the full bottle of milk with her to the finish line. Since she struggles with supply issues, she planned to save the milk to give to her baby after the race. Once she had relieved enough pressure from her breasts, she continued on her way and ended up hitting her goal of setting a personal best record.
She finished the race in 6 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds.
The second Jaime finished the race she headed straight for her family, who were all on the sidelines, cheering her on. She immediately nursed her son and cuddled with her toddler daughter, stating that she would never be able to reach such lofty goals without her friends, family, and the Air Force.
“I felt really proud of what I accomplished,” Jaime explained. “My daughter was right there, and I wanted her to see me cross that finish line. I wanted her to know that her mom is strong. Even though mommy doesn’t seem strong every single day, mommy is capable of doing strong things, and I want her to know that one day, she can do that.”
Now that’s impressive! Jaime is setting an incredible example for people everywhere, not just for her daughter. We can’t imagine the kind of drive and stamina it takes to not just finish an Ironman triathlon less than a year after giving birth, but adding in her determination to breastfeed throughout the training and race is really awe-inspiring. Way to go, Staff Sgt. Sloan!
Learn more about Jaime’s incredible accomplishment in the video below, and don’t forget to share her inspiring story with others!
This nursing Air Force mom was about to hit a personal record during an Ironman race. But she had to pump. What she did has us bowing down with R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Posted by Humankind Stories on Monday, December 3, 2018
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