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Amy Anderson was
pregnant with her third child when she learned that he had died in utero due to
an infection. After she delivered him at 20 weeks, her body responded as though
she had given birth to a healthy child and she began producing breast milk.
Her doctors advised her to
bind her breasts and take Sudafed to stop the natural lactation process but she had second thoughts. After an online search she learned that breast milk was nutritious for
premature babies and there was a need for donations. She opted to express her
breast milk in honor of the son she lost.
"Pumping milk in
Bryson's memory felt so very right. All life has meaning, and my son's life was
no different. I decided to embrace his life's purpose," she told Philly Voice.
Eight months later, after
working with the Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast and Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio, Amy
celebrated producing 92 gallons of breast milk. Her donated milk has been shipped from Maine, where she lives with her family, to children in five different states and three countries.
"It really was off the
charts how phenomenal his milk was. I pumped for eight months to the day," she
said. "Just imagine how many lives his nearly 92 gallons of milk saved!"