Every mother’s breastfeeding journey is unique and should be respected. Some mothers relish this moment, while others fight it. Regardless of her journey, any mother who has breastfed for an extended period feels emotional when it comes to the last time.

Maya Vorderstrasse understands this feeling all too well and recently shared her experience on social media. Tired of seeing motherhood portrayed as perfect and effortless, she decided to embrace her chaotic life and share it with everyone. During her pregnancy, she regularly posted pictures next to a letter board, sharing how she was feeling or thinking that day. From food cravings to swollen feet, she shared how pregnancy actually feels in the most hilarious and honest way.

Maya recently gave birth to her daughter and continues to share her funny letter board pics. She wants the world to know that “fed is best.” In a viral Instagram photo of her feeding Zoey, 13 months, and Hazel, 2 months, Maya shares her journey down two different paths in the parenting world.

She discusses how she always dreamed of breastfeeding her child as long as she could and how she breastfed her first daughter until she was six months old. However, she got pregnant again when her daughter was two months old, and by the time she was almost six months old, her milk was gone. They had to start bottle-feeding, which she thought would ruin their bond. But it was still their time, and she felt grateful to be in a good place today.

Maya’s recent post shows two photos of her breastfeeding her daughter Hazel. In each one, she tries to smile despite having tears streaming down her face. Raising her arm in the photo was difficult for her as it meant she would never breastfeed Hazel again. Maya describes how she felt both proud and broken at the same time and how she is now a hormonal, emotional, and mental mess.

The decision to wean a child is never easy. It’s not just about stopping giving breast milk but also about stopping a precious ritual that only exists between the mother and her baby. Maya’s post received thousands of comments and applause, not only congratulating her for giving her daughter the best but also for capturing the end of such an important stage in their lives in a very emotional and special way. These images represent the joy and not-so-happy moments of motherhood, and Maya’s experience is a testament to the power and beauty of a mother’s breastfeeding journey.

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