The mother of a premature baby who died at three hours old pumped breast milk for 63 days after – then donated it on her son’s due date.

Sierra Strangfield made the incredible gesture of kindness after losing her boy Samuel to a genetic condition called Trisomy 18, which causes developmental delays. Samuel was born at 25 weeks on September 5 at a hospital near his family’s home in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

His mother was devastated by his death, but determined to help other sick babies out as best she could. And she kept pumping until November 7 – the day she had expected to welcome Samuel into the world. Sierra froze her milk as she went along, then donated it all to her local neo-natal intensive care unit.



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 said her older daughter Porter had received donor milk for months after she was born, with those women’s kindness inspiring her to do the same.

She added: ‘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. ‘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! ‘I pumped for 63 days after his birth. I am not an over supplier by any means- but I did it.  ‘And today, his due date, I donated my milk to the NICU milkbanks for the first and last time. ‘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.’ Sierra’s post was widely shared online, with over a thousand people praising her selfless act of kindness. She says she has been wowed by the response, and now hopes to raise further awareness of Trisomy 18.

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