This has to be one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve heard in a while, but at the same time, I can only imagine how painful and difficult this must have been for the incredible woman.
According to the Today Show, mom Amy Anderson lost her son Bryson at 20 weeks when he died as a stillborn. Instead of binding he breasts to stop the production of her breast milk, she decided to take a negative and make it a positive by pumping over 92 gallons of her breast milk for other mothers in need. Here’s a little more from the Today Show:
Amy started pumping regularly after finding out all the benefits of human milk, but when she asked her former employer if she could take regular breaks to express milk, they looked at her and said, “Your baby is dead.”
Anderson and her husband, Bryan, both 34, found out at 15 weeks’ gestation that their son had a lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO), and fought for his life for the next month. The couple, who have two other kids together — Brody, 8, and Owen, 2 — discovered he died on Oct. 28, 2010 and she delivered him two days later. By Nov. 3, she started pumping.
“This was Bryson’s life purpose and I’m going to embrace that,” Anderson said.
She actually found pumping milk to be very comforting. She looked at his photos from the ultrasound and wonders where he’d be at that moment.
Before reading that last statement, I actually thought that how breastfeeding would be a very comforting distraction for Amy while she grieves. Either way, I think this is an incredible story from a very strong mother for doing something so inspiring. Our thoughts and hearts are with Amy and her family.