Australian winter Olympian Torah Bright receives backlash over breastfeeding headstand photo

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One of Australia's most successful winter Olympians has received backlash after she posted a photo of her performing a headstand while breastfeeding on social media. 

Snowboarder Torah Bright, 34, was the Australian flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and won a gold medal. 

The athlete posted a series of pictures for her first Mother's Day with her 10-month old son Flow, including one of her performing the act. 

"Becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me," she commented alongside the photo. 

"It's deeply spiritual. It's primal. It's raw. It's fierce, It is pure," Bright added. 

But while some supporters expressed their amazement that she could hold such a pose, many were not impressed. 

"It's not about handstands n (sic) seeing how that child could actually latch on for likes," one wrote. 

"It's not all about love, just feed your kid normally," another person commented. 

Bright posted an Instagram story on May 16 where she stated that some of the comments on her post made her sad. 

"In my world, mothers should be each other's cheerleaders. It's hard enough. 

"Embrace our quirkiness and finding joy in every s****y thing that is motherhood.

"We all do it differently, it is not wrong or right."

Bright jokingly added that the act was "not a sustainable breastfeeding practice". 

Despite the large amount of backlash where people claimed Bright was exploiting the pose and her child for attention, she received some support. 

"How long did you manage to hold that position in photo 4?" one fan asked. 

"Haha just long enough!" Bright replied.