A Beautiful Photo Of A Mother Feeding Her Children In Different Ways, And A Powerful Message About The Photo.

The New Jersey mom of two, Maya Vorderstrasse, feeds one child by breasts and another by bottle.

Aside from being an aesthetically beautiful photo the message Maya wrote to new moms is a powerful one about breastfeeding.

The now-viral Instagram photo of her feeding Zoey, 13 months, and Hazel, 2 months, helps to explain her emotional journey from breastfeeding to bottle feeding.

“I always dreamed I would breastfeed my child as long as I could,” she wrote. “I’ve seen so many beautiful and amazing journeys through the bonding and comforting experience that it is. I breastfed my first daughter until she was 6 months old, and I loved all of it. It was our time together, so special … and no one could take that from me. I got pregnant when she was 2 months old and by the time she was almost 6 months old, my milk was gone, dried up, like, it disappeared.” Maya Vorderstrasse

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I will tell you a little about my journey. I always dreamed I would breastfeed my child as long as I could. I've seen so many beautiful and amazing journeys through the bonding and comfortIng experience that it is. I breastfed my first daughter until she was 6 months old, and I loved all of it. It was our time together, so special…and no one could take that from me. I got pregnant when she was 2 months old and by the time she was almost 6 months old, my milk was gone, dried up, like, it disappeared. I felt my heart shatter, and the guilt consumed me. We had to start bottle feeding and I thought our bond would disappear and that she would think I was not providing for her, until it hit me: nothing had changed. It was still our time, she'd still grab my hair and smile at me with her eyes. She was so happy. Fed. Loved. Now I breastfeed my youngest, but the comfort of knowing that if life throws me a curved ball and I have to stop, or even if I decide to stop, she will be ok. Feeding them is beautiful. Providing for them, seeing them gain weight, grow and smile and be milk drunk makes my heart jump in happiness. So I don't know about your journey, but I can tell you that whatever your choice or circumstance, don't ever feel guilty or like you are inadequate. Ever. Just love them and do the best you can. You're a rockstar. No. Matter. What. Whatever your feeding routine consists of, it is hard being a mother, so let's show support for each other! To me, fed is best. . . Dress by @milkmademarket Braid by @madisonbraids

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Maya says when she first started to bottle feed her older daughter waves of guilt inundated her.

“I felt my heart shatter, and the guilt consumed me. We had to start bottle feeding and I thought our bond would disappear and that she would think I was not providing for her, until it hit me: nothing had changed.  It was still our time, she’d still grab my hair and smile at me with her eyes. She was so happy.” She says

Maya now says as long as they are fed and loved that is what’s important to her.

“Fed. Loved. Now I breastfeed my youngest, but the comfort of knowing that if life throws me a curved ball and I have to stop, or even if I decide to stop, she will be ok. Feeding them is beautiful. Providing for them, seeing them gain weight, grow and smile and be milk drunk makes my heart jump in happiness.” Maya Vorderstrasse

She wanted to bring home the point that “fed is best.” Maya wanted to inspire and encourage other moms to be okay with how they feed their infants, and unlike her, not to feel guilty if you can’t breastfeed.

“So I don’t know about your journey, but I can tell you that whatever your choice or circumstance, don’t ever feel guilty or like you are inadequate. Ever. Just love them and do the best you can. You’re a rockstar. No. Matter. What. Whatever your feeding routine consists of, it is hard being a mother, so let’s show support for each other! To me, fed is best.” Maya Vorderstrasse

Vorderstrasse called the response to her photo, which has now been like more than 10,000 times, “overwhelming.”

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