Hein Koh

Mom's Photo Breastfeeding 2 Kids Went Viral Because Of Her Inspiring Message

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I don't have kids, but from what I've seen, being a mom is like having a second full-time job on top of already having a career.

Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh doesn't let being a mother to her adorable twin girls, Oneida and Amelia, get in the way of her passion, creativity and work.

The 40-year-old posted an old photo, taken by husband Jim Horowitz, that features her breastfeeding both twins at just five weeks old while working on her laptop in bed.

Wow. That's taking multitasking to a whole new level.

But for Koh, it was necessary to work and take care of her children 24/7.

The photo, along with Koh's message, is inspiring to many (The Facebook post has been shared over 2,000 times.) because the image of a full-time mother and artist isn't quite the norm just yet:

Becoming a mom (of twins no less) has personally helped me become a better artist - I learned to be extremely efficient with my time, prioritize what's important and let go of the rest, and multitask like a champ. I learned to function (even if barely) on very little sleep, and out of the chaos, insanity and even torture at times, a flood of new emotions entered into my work, becoming more interesting & layered as a result.

My mom is a successful entrepreneur, and I'll never forget how she worked tirelessly in a home office every day. She built her company from the ground up, while still taking care of me and my brother. This was, and still is, on the more unusual side.

Koh's post was a response to artist Marina Abramovic's point of view that children hold women back because having children would take precious energy away from work.  She also thought her photo was hilarious, and she had no idea it would inspire so many women.

 

At the end of the day, Koh's attitude shows that you can make the most out of any situation. She writes in her post,

Parenting is like any other challenge in life -- the biggest fucking challenge in my own life thus far -- and if you embrace it and figure out creative solutions, you can emerge a better person.

Koh knows that every mom, woman and artist is different. She just found an efficient way to care for her children and hustle at the same time that works for her.

She proves that you don't have to give up creativity if you become a mom. You just have to learn how to adapt, like with any other tough situation in life.

Citations: People Are Super Inspired By This Mom Working While Breastfeeding Twins (Buzzfeed)