A mother in Wisconsin decided to turn her grief into giving.
On an emotional Facebook post, Sierra Strangfeld detailed her experience, saying she wanted “nothing more than to be successful at breastfeeding” after learning she and her husband were expecting their second child.
On September 6, Samual Lee Strangfeld was born early but lived only three hours due to a rare developmental condition called Trisomy 18.
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After his death, Strangfeld decided to keep pumping her breastmilk for 63 days, stopping on Samual’s official due date.
“I couldn’t save Samuel’s life, but maybe I could save another baby’s life,” she wrote.
She wrote that pumping, particularly in grief, was physically and emotionally challenging. She said there were times she doubted continuing but that she felt “it was the only thing connecting me to Samual here on Earthside,” adding “I sure hope he’s proud of me.”
On November 13, she donated her milk to a NICU milk bank, saying that walking the halls again was a step in her healing process.
“And I know (because I felt him), that Samual was there with me,” she wrote.
Her full Facebook post is below: