‘Maybe I could save another baby’s life’

A Neillsville, Wis., mother who misplaced her son merely three hours after giving supply chosen to pump her breast milk for 63 days after his demise in an effort to help totally different infants in need.

Sierra Stangfeld and her husband, Lee, have been ecstatic after they found Sierra was anticipating as soon as extra. The couple, who already have a daughter collectively, have been anticipating a boy. But their pleasure turned to devastation when their son, who they named Samuel, was acknowledged with Trisomy 18, an unusual genetic dysfunction that occurs in roughly 1 in every 6,000 reside births.

The scenario, additionally known as Edwards syndrome, is introduced on by an extra chromosome 18. There is not any remedy for the scenario, which continuously ends in stillbirth or early demise.


After receiving the evaluation, Stangfeld underwent an emergency C-section. Samuel lived for 3 hours sooner than passing away, the mom instructed “Good Morning America,” noting her son — who was born with clenched fingers, clubbed ft and low supply weight, all of which are indicators of Trisomy 18 — was “perfect.”

But Strangfeld, through her grief and anguish, decided to revenue from the state of affairs, realizing she had one factor important left to offer, even when it wasn’t to her son: breastmilk.

“When I found out I was pregnant again, I wanted nothing more than to be successful at breastfeeding. But when we found out of Samuel’s diagnosis, I knew that was not going to happen. Just another hope that was taken from me,” she wrote in a candid Facebook post that had about 3,600 shares and better than 13,000 reactions as of late Tuesday morning.

In the post, Stangfeld acknowledged her daughter, Porter, required donated milk for better than six months after she was born — another function she wished to pay it forward.

“Before Samuel passed, I told myself I would pump my milk to donate. After all, Porter was given donated milk more than half of her first year of life!” she wrote. “I couldn’t save Samuel’s life, but maybe I could save another baby’s life.”

“Pumping is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard. Mentally and physically. And it’s even harder when you don’t actually have a baby,” she continued. “There were times I was angry because why did my milk have to come in when I had no baby to feed? Why was I waking up in the middle of the night for this? The other part of me felt it was the only thing connecting me to Samuel here on Earthside. I sure hope he’s proud of me!”

For better than two months after her son’s supply and subsequent demise, Sierra pumped. On Nov. 13 —  Samuel’s distinctive due date — she donated the entire milk she had so earnestly pumped to a NICU milk monetary establishment.

“Walking through the hallways of the hospital was just another step in healing. And I know, (because I felt him), that Samuel was there with me,” she wrote.

The mom acknowledged she pumped for 63 days after her son’s supply.

In the better than 1,000 suggestions in response to her post, Strangfeld was largely praised for her actions, with prospects commending her for her thoughtfulness and energy.

“What a beautiful gift you’ve given to others, yourself and your beautiful son,” wrote one.


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