Spanish swimmer says she's 'disillusioned' at having to leave her breastfeeding son home because of Olympic rules
- Ona Carbonell made the decision to leave her breastfeeding son behind as she heads to Tokyo 2020.
- She will pump while she's away from him and hopes that he will take to breastfeeding once reunited.
- Carbonell is not the only athlete facing this decision.
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Two weeks ago, they allowed her son to travel with her, but only under rules set by the Japanese government. The government is making all athletes' families stay in a hotel outside the Olympic villa, and are not allowed to leave their rooms while in Tokyo.Carbonell also said having to leave the villa multiple times a day to feed her son would not only disrupt her training, but also her teammates. Additionally, she would be leaving their bubble, putting everyone at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Carbonell is not the only athlete having to choose between attending the games and continuing to breastfeed her child. In June, Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher shared similar sentiments on an Instagram video."I'm being forced to decide between being a breastfeeding mom or an Olympic athlete," Gaucher said in a video.
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