Sunday 26 March 2017

Mother of stillborn donates 60 litres of breast milk to help other mums

Wendy Cruz-Chan has donated over 60 litres of breast milk to six babies after her son Killian was stillborn.
Wendy Cruz-Chan has donated over 60 litres of breast milk to six babies after her son Killian was stillborn.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A woman whose baby was stillborn at 19 weeks has donated 60 litres of breast milk to six babies.

When Wendy Cruz-Chan's baby boy Killian was stillborn in July, she turned her tragedy into a story of hope by donating her breast milk to other new mothers who needed it.

Just three days after the stillbirth, Wendy, from New York, began a "lactation journey" and donated 60 litres of breast milk to six babies over three months.

“I wanted to give the milk that was meant for my son to other babies so that part of him and me would live on in [them],” she told Babble.com.

Earlier this week, Wendy shared her story to Facebook, and it has subsequently gone viral.

"Three months ago today, I embarked on a lactation journey three days after my stillbirth of my son Killian," she wrote.

"I had pumped and donated 2,038 ounces of my breast milk to six babies."

Wendy, who has one five-year-old daughter Ariya, said that after reaching her "personal goal," she is now preparing her body for another pregnancy.

"I am so grateful for helping out all those babies with my milk and meeting their families. Pumping every 3-4 hours a day including nights was very tiring. But it was so worth it."

"Seeing those babies thriving from my milk, really helped me through my healing process."

"I wanted to show that even after a tragic stillbirth, you can turn that into something positive and inspire those around you. Through my grief I evolved and learned to pull myself out of the darkness."

Wendy revealed that along with preparing her body for another pregnancy, she's also working to make Cuddle Cots available in New York hospitals in memory of her son. Cuddle Cots are specifically built to allow babies who have passed away to remain with their families for an extended period of time.

The inspirational mother has created an Instagram account with the aim of bringing awareness to stillbirths and miscarriages, @mothersofstillbirths.

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