Mom's Viral Photo Makes a Case for Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding

"Whatever your choice or circumstance, don't ever feel guilty or like you are inadequate."
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Oct 2017

This just in: Breastfeeding versus bottle feeding doesn’t have to be a polarizing debate. That’s right: One mom can do both of those things. Instagrammer Maya Vorderstrasse is showing that different babies might require different feeding styles.
In a recent Instagram post, Vorderstrasse explains she loved every moment of her breastfeeding journey with her daughter Zoey, now 13 months. But it only lasted about six months; Vorderstrasse’s second pregnancy interrupted her milk production. She had to move on to bottlefeeding Zoey, and it tore her up.

“I felt my heart shatter and the guilt consumed me,” she says. “We had to start bottle feeding and I thought our bond would disappear.”
But it didn’t.

“Nothing had changed,” she says. “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 okay.”

She will be okay. Accepting that fed is best when you planned to breastfeed isn’t easy, and we need all the reminders we can get. It starts with being more mindful of how we talk about breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, and as Vorderstrasse demonstrates, being mindful of the fact it doesn’t have to be a “versus” at all.

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