Balancing work with a new baby isn’t easy, not even when you’re starring in the biggest show on television. Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan gave fans a behind-the-scenes look into what life is like as a nursing mom on set.

Whelan who plays tough-as-nails Yara Greyjoy on Game of Thrones shared an Instagram photo of herself nursing her daughter on set in full costume. She hilariously captioned the photo with “Yara’s got some big news.” (Of course, it was just a joke and not a spoiler!) In the comments she explained that the photo was taken after filming a scene for the first episode of the final season. It did however give an important look into what it can take for new moms to balance work and motherhood.

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In an interview on Good Morning Britain, Whelan told the hosts that her daughter was on set for the filming of the entire final season and that she often had to breastfeed her while in full costume. “I’m really sort of tied into my armor,” she said. “It’s quite difficult to get to yourself, let’s put it that way.”

Not every mom breastfeeds or has the opportunity to bring their baby to work, but Whelan’s photo is a reminder of the lengths moms go to in order to  spend time with their babies and bond, while managing the rest of their lives at the same time.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Gemma Whelan via Instagram 

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