The mom posted a photo of her formula feeding her 13-month-old daughter, Zoey, and breastfeeding her almost 2-month-old daughter, Hazel, at the same time to prove that fed is best.
But it took a personal roller coaster of emotions for her to finally reach that realization. Vorderstrasse started off her journey as a new mom, as many moms do, with the expectation that breast is best and anything else is a failure.
"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. ... It was our time together, so special. No one could take that from me," the mom wrote.
But when Zoey was 6 months old and Vorderstrasse was four months pregnant with Hazel, the mom's breast milk had dried up.
"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," she confessed.
But here's the thing: Nothing changed. Her baby was still happy and healthy, and bottle feeding didn't make Vorderstrasse any less of a mom.
"It was still our time. She'd still grab my hair and smile at me with her eyes. She was so happy. Fed. Loved," she realized.
The mom has been giving Zoey formula for about seven months and is still breastfeeding Hazel. But if somehow she has to stop or decides to stop breastfeeding, Vorderstrasse knows everything will still be OK. There are so many reasons moms end up not breastfeeding, and the last thing they should feel is guilt.
"Feeding them is beautiful. Providing for them, seeing them gain weight, grow and smile and be milk drunk makes my heart jump in happiness. ... Whatever your choice or circumstance, don't ever feel guilty or like you are inadequate. Ever," she wrote.
If you think it's time to make the switch, here are some good ways to go from breastfeeding to formula.