Any mother who has been breastfeeding for an extended period feels emotional when it comes to the last time. Maya Vonderstrasse talked about how she felt during this period and how difficult it is to end some cycles. Each mother’s breastfeeding journey is unique and must be respected.
When mom of two Maya Vorderstrasse got tired of seeing pregnancy portrayed as perfect and easy on social media, she decided to show the world how it actually feels. Maya said:” Honestly I was so tired of seeing motherhood portrayed as perfect, flawless, and effortless on social media because I never felt like it was like that for me. So I embraced my chaotic life, and decided to share it with everyone in the hopes of helping other mothers realize that it’s OK to not have it all figured out.” So, when Maya was pregnant, she regularly posted pictures next to a letter board, sharing how she was feeling or thinking that day. From food cravings to wild bladder to swollen feet, she shared how pregnancy actually feels in the most hilarious and honest way.
Maya gave birth to her daughter just over two weeks ago and she’s continuing to share her funny letter board pics. And she wants the world to know: Fed is best. The American mother opened her heart to vent about the period she breastfed, and it was emotional. Maya said when sharing what happened:” I didn’t know that one person could feel so proud and so broken at the same time, right now I am a hormonal, emotional, and mental mess.” Maya’s post shows two photos. Left, the first time she breastfed her daughter Hazel. Right, last time. And in each one, she tries to smile, despite having tears streaming down her face. “Raising my arm in this picture was very difficult for me as I had to fight through uncontrollable tears: this picture meant that I would never breastfeed my Hazel ever again. I have been nursing for so long that I don’t know what it’s like to not nurse anymore.”
In a viral Instagram photo of her feeding Zoey, 13 months, and Hazel, 2 months, Maya shares her journey down two different paths that are often in the parenting world. She wrote:” 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.”