Breastmilk Turns One Mother's Tragedy Into Another's Triumph
“If it weren’t for Lilli, Max would not be here. Her little life made a huge impact on his. Someday, he’ll know about Lilli and how selfless her mother was,” said Jennifer Robinson, Max's mother.
Nicole Hendrix, Lilli's mother, was grieving the loss of her preemie baby when it dawned on her that she might be able to donate her pumped milk to the hospital where Lilli was born. This was a new proposition for Overland Park Regional Medical Center, but one that turned out to likely mean the survival and health of premature baby Max. It is a story of love for a fragile, helpless human being.
I am crying as I write this, for Nicole and her loss of Lilli and for the delight of Max's life. The power of breastmilk can never be underestimated. It is important for all humans, but premature babies' lives often time depend on it. The immature gut of these babies need human milk. You may have heard Dr. Kathleen Marinelli talk about this in a recent blog.
I always encourage mothers to give as much breastmilk as they can for as long as they can– and if you have extra milk, give to another mother or to a milk bank. According to Dr. Stephen Buescher, Pediatrics Infectious Disease physician, human milk is the most complex substance known to mankind and no matter how hard laboratories try they will never be able to reproduce it. Human milk is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral. It is a living fluid.
Give as much as you can for as long as you can.
Have you ever shared your extra milk?
Do you wish someone had shared milk with you for your baby?
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