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4th Trimester Bodies Project Photo Shoot

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, tandem nursing.

I’m so fat.

I’m disgusting.

I’m so gross.

These are all thing I have uttered to myself since about 10 years old. I am pushing 40 years old now and things seem about the same.

But now I have experienced body empowerment on a level that I didn’t know existed. Because of 2 little boys. Because of them. Because of us.

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder with sons.

I entered the studio and I was welcomed with a hug. We laughed and talked about life as we know it now as a bit of make up was applied to my face.

I was invited to put on my pre-chosen underwear and sit for an interview. I sat on a stool in my underwear. I thought I would feel naked, but i didn’t.

As always, I was asked about breastfeeding. And I cried. I choked on my words and sniffled and wiped the tears. I told of suffering, confusion, isolation and then education, empowerment and community.

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, with sons.

If these panties could speak they would speak of many adventures. At the last moment I grabbed them from my drawer thinking I might, but probably not, wear them during the photo shoot. “It would be too much,” I thought. But when I asked for input from Ashley and Laura they loved them and didn’t see the long history and tangled truth and cobwebs of feminine experience.

They only saw me for what I am worth in all aspects of this crazy journey. They see me as a woman, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a wife and a friend. And these all exist in one person. This is me. In all my glory.

Thank you 4th Trimester Bodies Project.

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