After Abbie Fox had her first baby, she struggled to make it through six torturous weeks of breastfeeding. She sought help from lactation consultants, but after countless failed attempts to get her baby to latch, her husband encouraged her to switch to formula. Deep down the Las Vegas-based photographer knew formula was the only realistic option for her, she still felt a sense of shame that she couldn’t breastfeed. So she lied.
“Friends would ask me if I was nursing or bottle feeding, and I was embarrassed I couldn’t do one of the basic things a mom was supposed to be able to do,” Fox tells The Bump. “So I’d lie and say nursing. I would ALWAYS get the response, ‘Good; breast is best.’”
When her second child was born in 2012, Fox was able to nurse right away.
“I cried happy tears,” Fox says. “It was very rewarding, and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. But at three and a half…