In an incredible act of kindness, a grieving mom whose baby died at just three hours old has spent 63 days pumping breast milk – and then donated it on his due date.
Sierra Strangfield gave birth to her son, Samuel, at 25 weeks on September 5 at a hospital in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Heartbreakingly, Samuel passed away after three hours due to a genetic condition called Trisomy 18, which causes developmental delays.
Sierra was devastated by his death but was determined to find a way to help out other sick babies. So, she decided to start pumping her breast milk and froze it as she went along so she could donate it to her local neonatal intensive care unit.
Sierra kept pumping for a whopping 63 days so she could donate the milk on her son’s due date – November 7.
Writing on Facebook, Sierra explained: “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. Before Samuel passed, I told myself I would pump my milk to donate.”
Sierra explained her older daughter Porter had received donor milk for months after she was born, with those women’s generosity inspiring her to do the same thing.
“I couldn’t save Samuel’s life, but maybe I could save another baby’s life,” she added.
“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. 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!”
Sierra’s post has gone viral online, with over thousands of people praising her selfless act.
She says she has been “wowed by the response,” and now hopes to raise further awareness of Trisomy 18.