Mom Survives on Her Own Breast Milk After Getting Lost In Woods (VIDEO)

susan o'brien mom survives on breastmilk

We can go on and on about the many health benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best for your baby, it helps preemies thrive, it cures cancer ... and it will help you survive if lost in the wilderness for 24 hours. Yes, even that last one is true as we see evidenced by 29-year-old Susan O'Brien, a breastfeeding mom who got lost in the woods during a 12-mile Xterra competitive run through Rimutaka Forest Park in New Zealand. She credits breast milk as helping her live through the terrifying ordeal.


O'Brien has an 8-month-old daughter named Meisha who she is breastfeeding, as well as a 2-year-old son named Jayden. The inspiring mom also an athlete and runner, and I'm not sure what I'm most impressed by -- the fact that she is doing it all is fantastic. O'Brien ended up about two miles off course and stuck in some bushes. Night fell. Panic. I cannot imagine what she felt. She said:

I got lost and got stuck in some bushes and then I thought that was it. One thing that helped me, because I'm breastfeeding my baby, so I had a bit of my milk, which I thought that should keep me going for energy.

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We all know breast milk rules, and it in fact helped this mom endure a night trapped in the woods. But I think it's not just the breast milk that enabled this mama to be okay ... it was her children. She was able to summon that inner mama strength, and she knew that she had to be okay for her kids. As she said "nothing else matters but my family." The breast milk was the cherry on top.

Besides drinking her breast milk, she also covered herself in dirt to stay warm, and she had some water and an energy bar. A search helicopter spotted her and she was rescued the next day.

What do you think of her survival tactics?

Image via TVNZ/APTN

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