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Jennifer's Story

In 1996 my life changed. June 29th, I had a baby boy. I was so scared to become a mommy and to have a baby. I remember that morning like it was yesterday I was tying my shoes sitting on the end on my bed crying. My husband asked “Why are you crying, it’s going to be okay.” I was just so scared!

My son who now is 15 is happy and healthy, thank God!

My son died and was brought back to life after he was born. He got stuck in the birth canal; his shoulders were too wide for me to push him out. The nurse just jumped on the bed and started pushing on my stomach and all of sudden he came out!

He was in the hospital for 3 ½ weeks. In the beginning he was stuck in the fetal position. He was not able to suck, breathe and swallow at the same time and needed to be fed intravenously. The doctors did not think that he was going to make it. The doctors told me that the best thing for him would be breast milk. Nursing was not an option but pumping my breast milk and storing it was. I both cried and pumped a lot. I froze the breast milk until he was able to suck, breathe and swallow all at once.

He was never able latch on and nurse but did learn how to suck on the bottle after several tries and many different nipples. I pumped until my son was about one and a half years old. Breast milk helped my son in many ways. It gave him nutrients and immunity when his health was very fragile. I am so glad it did not give up. Even if you can't breastfeed your baby you can still give them superior food. Pump it and they will drink it!