Connect with us

Social Stories

Spanish Athlete Says Japan’s Rules Made It Impractical For Her To Breastfeed During Olympics


Ona Ft
Source: @ona_carbonell | IG

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Spanish synchronised swimmer, Ona Carbonell, who gave birth nearly a year ago wanted to bring her son to the Tokyo Olympics so that she would be able to breastfeed him.

But after analysing the rules imposed by the Japanese government, she said she realised that it would be extremely difficult and frankly, impractical.

According to Forbes, Carbonell took to her Instagram last week to express her frustrations towards the many obstacles faced by breastfeeding athletes and hopes to shed light on the issue at hand.

In her video, Carbonell who spoke in Spanish explained the guidelines she would have to follow at the Games in order to be able to breastfeed her nearly one-year-old son, Kai.

According to Carbonell, Kai and her partner would have to stay in a hotel, which is located outside of the Olympic Village, the whole time throughout the Games. Not only was she concerned about her son being cooped up in a hotel room throughout their time in Tokyo, but she worried about her team’s health too.

“They wouldn’t be allowed to leave the hotel room during the 20ish days I’d be in Tokyo. For me to go and breastfeed Kai whenever he needs it during the day, I would have to leave the Olympic Village, the team’s bubble… risking my team’s health,” she said.

“Personally, I can’t accept these conditions,” she said, adding that she will use a breast pump while at the Games.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ona Carbonell (@ona_carbonell)

According to The Washington Post, Carbonell said she understands Japan’s Covid-19 measurements but she would have still preferred that her family be allowed to stay in the Olympic Village without leaving the bubble.

She said that she will be using a pump while she is in Tokyo and hopes Kai would still be attached to breastfeeding once she gets back home.

“I hope this video, and every other athlete who is struggling with the same problem, will help normalise this situation, which nowadays is not normal,” she added.

What are your thoughts on this article? Let us know in the comment section below!


Also Read: “We’ll get through this together” Landlord In Thailand Waives 3 Months of Rent & Provides Free Food To Tenants

Thailand Landlord Ft

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Just In

My Post 1 2023 06 05T134235.372 My Post 1 2023 06 05T134235.372
News6 mins ago

M’sia Breaks Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Gathering in Spider-Man Costume

Malaysia made history recently when it managed to break the Guinness World Record by holding the “Largest Gathering in Spider-Man...

Mat Rempit Accident Penang Mat Rempit Accident Penang
News3 hours ago

Teen Mat Rempit Meets His Demise After Beating Red Light & Crashing into Car in Penang

By now you would have already seen the viral clip of a mat rempit who ran the red light and...

University Hybrid Flexible Short University Hybrid Flexible Short
News20 hours ago

MOHE: Some 4-Year University Courses To Be Shortened To 3 Years, Hybrid Learning To Be Introduced

University is more often than not the last stage of education many of us receive before we join the workforce....

Feat Image Smoking Box Warning Feat Image Smoking Box Warning
News1 day ago

Canada Becomes World’s First Nation to Put Health Warning Directly on Cigarettes

Almost everyone knows smoking is hazardous to your health and the ones around you. That fact is worth reiterating too...

2 005 2 005
News2 days ago

Malaysian Legend Safee Sali Scores Against West Ham In US Soccer Tournament

A recent retiree, former Selangor and Pelita Jaya striker, Safee Sali, continued to make headlines when he scored against West...

Feat Image Polis Saman Polis Feat Image Polis Saman Polis
News2 days ago

PDRM Issues Summon to Police Officer Who Had His Motorcycle Clamped For Parking at OKU Spot

Previously, we shared the rather ironic incident whereby a police officer had his patrol motorcycle clamped by a security worker...

Evergreen Bonus Evergreen Bonus
News2 days ago

Taiwanese Shipping Company Evergreen Gives Employees 10-11 Months Of Mid-Year Bonus

Evergreen strikes once again! During the end of the year 2022, they gave out to their employees up to 52...

Collage 20 Collage 20
News2 days ago

2 Former PMs, Tun M & Muhyiddin are Ready to Work Together Again for the Sake of the Country

Just a few days back, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir said that he’s ready to work, once again with...


Latest Videos