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Arizona Coach Pumped Breast Milk During NCAA Championship

"I Represent Moms": Coach Adia Barnes Pumped Breast Milk During Halftime at NCAA Women's Game

University of Arizona basketball coach Adia Barnes was proof of the dedication working moms devote to their careers and their children on Sunday at the NCAA Women's Championship game. During a break from coaching her team on the court, Adia spent halftime in the locker room pumping breast milk for her 6-month-old baby girl named Capri, according to reporter Holly Rowe. In response to the stigmas surrounding public pumping and conversations around breastfeeding in general, Holly said during the game's broadcast, "For those of you who think this is too much information, let's normalize working mothers and all they have to do."

Although Arizona lost to Stanford by one point (54-53), fans were quick to hop on Twitter after the game to show their support for Adia and other badass working mothers as a whole. "Arizona coach Adia Barnes shot double birds to the haters after beating UConn and, per ESPN's Holly Rowe, pumped breastmilk for her baby at halftime of the national championship game. She's a badass in every conceivable way," said reporter Kyle Tucker in a tweet.

Following the tournament, Adia spoke with reporters about her journey as a coach for the Division I team, pointing out that parenting in the working world takes a village, and she's grateful to have that support system around her. "I had a baby right when the season started and took like a week off — it says I took a month off but I did not," she said. "I was on Zoom calls four days after having a C-section, so it was hard. But my team loved on me. I missed a couple of weeks. I got a little sick, and they fought for me. I came back. They were patient. I'm happy. So I represented moms — I have a baby here. I hear her crying, ready to feed. I represent moms, you can be a coach, you can do it at an elite level. You just have to have a village like I do. I represent Black females, [we] don't get here too often and don't get opportunities. But I had an opportunity today on the biggest stage and represented a lot."

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