Community Breastfeeds Motherless Infant for Six Months


baby, widow father, handsBaby Moses's mother died hours after childbirth, and, since it was important to his father and his mom before she passed, the community stepped up to breastfeed him early on.

Now, it's been six months, and he's still getting cross-fed breastmilk from the group of women.

The beginning of this story, found via Eco Child's Story, is one no one wants to hear. Moses Goodrich's mother Susan died shortly after she gave birth to him from a rare amniotic fluid embolism, leaving him in the care of his grieving father Robbie Goodrich.

There was so much to figure out, his nourishment being one concern. "I wanted the baby to be nursed. That’s something that Susan would have wanted," said Robbie.

First, a family friend who was nursing her own child offered to breastfeed Moses. Soon after, 20 different nursing mothers offered to help cross-nurse him, and he has had 25 different women throughout his first six months. All the women breastfeed Moses, and some pump for night feedings.

Wow, what an extraordinary story.

I imagine there are a lot of thoughts and questions you may have about this unique situation. It seems to be a completely loving act of community. These women are not only sharing their milk with Moses but they are helping in some small way to fill in for the loving bond he lost when his mother died.

In a bigger way, this sounds a little like when Salma Hayek nursed a sick baby during a humanitarian trip to Africa.

What are your thoughts on Baby Moses's story? If you could, would you offer to a breastfeed a child who lost his mother too soon?

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RanaA... RanaAurora

That is too cool.  Most of us can only hope we'd find ONE person who would step up to help us, and they had plenty.

Would I do something like that?  Absolutely.  I'd try to up my supply and pump enough that the baby had an entire supply from me.

ladys... ladysavage

I think that is just fantastic - what a great group of women.

If I were approached about a situation like that - then I think I would put myself in the queue to help the baby out.


trelimon trelimon

i would totally nurse if some one needed me too! breastmilk one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.

cryst... crystaleve29

I commend the moms for stepping up. its hard for women to be open to the idea of bfing another baby but if its needed while i still breast fed im sure i would help out.

mylit... mylittledorito

While I agree with everyone and think that this group of women are doing an amazing and very thoughtful thing, I believe I have heard it can be bad for a child to drink another womans breastmilk because of potential infection. Like I said, I heard this before so I am no expert on the matter but I suppose if all the women are completely healthy and there is no risk for the little one to get sick than yay!

lovel... lovelyli217

I think this story is beautiful! If needed I would definitely do the same thing and I would hope someone would do the same for my child

bluel... bluelady27

That is a beautiful story.  You never hear of women doing that in real like, let alone a community of women.  I would help out in a heartbeat.  Lactating is a wonderful power.  If you can share it with those in need, do it!

james... jamesysmomma

while i understand completely how amazing and wonderful it is that those women are giving so selflessly, i cant help but think about the mother. as a mother to a four week old baby girl, i think if something happened to me, i would hate for other people to nurse her. building a special bond that was by nature reserved for a mother and child. while i would want my baby to benefit from breastfeeding, i feel i would be more comfortable with donated pumpings that my husband fed her. if i werent around the only person i would want her to develop a special bond with at this small innocent age is my husband... it may sound insecure, but that is how i honestly feel

RanaA... RanaAurora

jamesysmomma, not everyone sees nursing as a bonding experience.  Plenty of people could nurse another baby and see it as a feeding, the same way you'd feel about bottle feeding another baby.  Also... honestly, if you're DEAD... well, to be frank, the baby can't bond with you anyway, and the father can't breastfeed.  There were what, twenty-something women nursing the baby, and the baby is therefore not going to get used to another woman's smell and taste and think she's his or her mother.

mylittledorito, all it takes is some simple tests to make sure the mother doesn't have certain diseases, and then it's no problem at all.

kikim... kikimomoff3

I agree with the last comment.And I would gladly help pump for the baby.

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