By Mail Foreign Service
Updated: 13:59 EDT, 19 September 2009
She has made few public appearances with her huge brood.
But earlier this week Nadya Suleman – otherwise known as Octomom – made a visit to the park with all eight of her babies.
The children, born after their mother used a sperm donor, were pushed along in double strollers and then laid out on a blanket on the grass.
Handful: Nadya Suleman and her elder son Elijah struggle to feed the eight babies on a trip to the local park
Girls Nariah and Maliah were dressed in pink Minnie Mouse baby-gros while brothers Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Josiah and Macai wore green Winnie the Pooh outfits.
Miss Suleman, 33, took along her elder son Elijah, 8, for support and he helped out with his little brothers and sisters as they enjoyed a trip out near their home in La Habra, California.
Feeding the babies looked like a full-time job in itself. One of Octomom’s offspring ended up squashed against his mother’s lap as she battled to keep hold of her family.
However, Miss Suleman, who was casually dressed in a strappy vest top and brown trousers apepared surprisingly relaxed.
‘It looked as if she was coping pretty well all things considered,’ one onlooker said. ‘They’re obviously a huge handful.’
Relaxed: Despite juggling eight babies and two strollers, Miss Suleman looked surprisingly laid back
The birth of the octuplets sparked a public furore in January after it emerged that Suleman was a jobless single mother who already had six children.
She has been accused of exploiting her brood after it emerged she had signed up for a fly-on-the-wall reality series.
Miss Suleman is believed to be getting paid around £152,000 for the show and stands to pocket £2million for merchandising and television deals.