We’re In This Together: Abby’s Story

My battleground was breastfeeding. I had a terrible start with my first child and when I had the same issues with my second baby, I used all the resources and information I had gained the first time around. I was able to cut myself some slack, recognize the problem much quicker and saved myself a lot of pain and suffering. We got back on track with nursing much sooner than I had with my first daughter. It’s been one of the most difficult and rewarding struggles I have ever been through.


Abby Shumka


We’re In This Together is a photography series, coordinated in partnership with the Pacific Post Partum Support Society and the Good Mother Project, that offers messages of encouragement, hope, support and love to new parents.
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One Response to “We’re In This Together: Abby’s Story”

  1. Victoria

    I had problems with breastfeeding, too. I was only able to breastfeed for about 3 weeks before I realized that he wasn’t getting enough, and I wasn’t able to keep up with what he needed. I remember when one of my friends had such a hard time breastfeeding, she would cry whenever she would try. An older woman in the store told her that her daughter was too small for formula and that she needed to breastfeed her. She just cried and felt like a total failure as a mom. It took her a while to be able to realize that she needed to do what she had to for her and her daughter, and that she shouldn’t let strangers make her feel like a bad mom because she couldn’t do what “normal” moms could. I planned to breastfeed for at least 6 months, and I cried when I realized I couldn’t do it for as long as I planned. For first time moms, there is a lot of pressure, and I’m sure once I get to the second round, I can feel so much more relaxed and confident in whatever situation I’m in.
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