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Olympian’s ‘insane’ breastfeeding headstand photo divides social media users

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A snowboarding champion sparked controversy online when she posted an "insane" photo showing her breastfeeding her son while doing a headstand.

Australia's most successful winter Olympian, Torah Bright, stunned Instagram on Sunday when she uploaded the topless image of her doing a headstand on a lawn while her 10-month-old gets a feed.

The photo generated much online debate with some critics accusing Torah of being "irresponsible" and "looking for attention", the Mirror reports.

She wrote alongside the picture: "Becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me. It's deeply spiritual.

"It's primal. It's raw. it's fierce. It is pure."

Celebrating her first Mother's Day with her son, Flow, she posted a series of pictures of them both – including one showing her breastfeeding him while in a handstand position.

The Winter Olympian, who earned a gold and silver medal in the snowboard halfpipe, added in the captions: "My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard.

"Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition."

Australian magazine Body and Soul said it was "absolutely obsessed" with the picture and praised her for being a "wonder woman", however many criticised her for "seeing how he latched on for likes."

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One person wrote: "Not quite sure how to express my unease with this."

Another wrote: "I just don't get the need to seek attention and post photos of everything you do. I just don't get it."

Another added, "My first question is – why?? Sure I get it's natural & a beautiful thing – but I don't post my first bowel movement of the day standing on 1 leg. Same thing?"

Despite some even labelling her as "irresponsible" for sharing the snap, others congratulated her, such as one commenter saying: "What an awesome mama bear. Love her."

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"What's insane about it? She's in incredible shape and is not putting her child in danger," one supporter added.

"Positive Human, Olympian, Wife & Mother. Ignore the trolls. OMG. Focus on happiness and love. @TorahBright," another chimed in.

Bright retaliated at the cruel comments, after admitting reading them "made her sad".

“In my world, mothers should be each other’s cheerleaders (it’s hard enough). Embrace our quirkiness and finding the joy in every sh***y thing that is motherhood," she wrote on her Instagram story.

"We all do it differently. It is not wrong or right. Motherhood is pure. I only now consider myself a Wonder Woman because I have joined the sacred mothers club with you. Nothing but respect to all mothers."

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