Her Son Died a Few Hours After Birth, But This Mother Continued To Pump Her Milk To Donate To Other Babies | Univision Trending News

“The breast pump is not for the faint of heart. It's hard. Mentally and physically. But it's even harder when you don't have a baby, ”Sierra Strangfeld wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral. "I can't bring Samuel back to life, but maybe I can save another baby's life."

Strangfeld, a mother from Neillsville, Wisconsin, planned to breastfeed her baby Samuel. However, in the middle of her pregnancy, doctors told her that she had Trisomy 18, an uncommon genetic disorder (one in every 6,000 live children) that affects normal development.

When doctors warned that Samuel could not survive much longer in the womb, Strangfeld underwent a C-section. The baby survived three hours.

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“His fists were closed, his feet were seized. It was small, ”he told the Good Morning America program on the ABC television network. “But it was perfect. He fought hard to meet us. This baby arrived on Earth for a reason. ”

Strangeld's other daughter had received milk from her sister-in-law during her first six months of life, and Strangfeld decided to do the same to help other mothers who could not breastfeed. "When I discovered that I was pregnant again, I wanted nothing more than to be successful in breastfeeding. But when we discovered Samuel's diagnosis, I knew that was not going to happen," the mother wrote. "After all, Porter received donated milk more than half of his first year of life!"

"I always wanted to be able to help other mothers who need it," said Strangeld, who explained that, if he had survived, it is possible that Samuel also needed donated milk.

With the help of a breast pump, 500 ounces of milk was extracted and donated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), as explained in a Facebook post. “Walking through the hospital corridors was another step forward to heal me. And I knew that Samuel was there with me. ”

"I took out milk for 63 days after birth," Stranfeld adds.

The young woman, who owns a beauty salon according to her Facebook profile, and her husband, Lee, hope to launch a foundation with her son's name one day. At the moment they already have a campaign, called "Smiling for Samuel" to raise awareness about Trisomy 18.

The use of donated milk has grown in recent years in the US. In 2011, 22% of NICU units used breast milk; In 2017, this number doubled to about 40% and reached 70% in some hospitals.

A study published a few days ago, prepared by the American Pediatric Association (AAP), indicates that sharing breast milk informally (that is, through social networks, for example, instead of a registered milk bank or hospital , as Strangfeld did) is an increasingly popular practice in the US, but that does not mean it is safe. In fact, the AAP advises against this practice because of the risks of contagion or exposure to medications, alcohol, drugs or other contaminants present in the donor's milk.

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