Photo of a Mom Breastfeeding Her Tiny Preemie Is Proof Miracles Can Happen

Mom shares unbelievable breastfeeding preemie photo

When you're pregnant, you try to imagine the best possible outcome. For Keri Barcellos-Putt, things were going according to plan -- until her water broke at 21 weeks. Doctors believed her baby would not survive, but despite the odds, and after nearly two months of bed rest, Keri had her baby at 28 weeks. This photo of the new mom breastfeeding her preemie is powerful, and a beautiful reminder to stay hopeful.

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Keri shares on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page that her sweet Dahlia is doing the unthinkable. Surviving placental abruption, preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM), and a series of other complications, Keri's daughter is now trying to breastfeed at 32 weeks gestation -- which is something doctors thought would never happen so soon.

As Keri writes:

She's here and so healthy. Never needed oxygen. 32 weeks gestation and trying to breastfeed even though they told me she wouldn't be able to until 34-36 weeks gestation. She's proving everyone one wrong!

In fact, Keri's update on her GoFundMe page reveals baby Dahlia is making great progress, and is doing better than expected:

Dahlia is 4lb 7oz and she continues to show the nicu that she's the boss! She has attempted to take all feeds by mouth the last 24hrs and is doing amazing with them. She moved to a 'big girl' bed last week and has successfully maintained her temperature. We've had no major breathing episodes with feeds in 4 days and she passed her hearing test today with flying colors!

So great!

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I can only imagine what this mother went through and the emotions she's feeling today. What a testimony, and what a message of holding on to optimism, even when all positive options no longer seem viable.

This is such a heartwarming story that further reiterates the power of positive thinking -- and proof that miracles do happen. 

Keri, you have a strong little girl on your hands, who looks like she'll become a breastfeeding champ. Thank you for sharing your story, as I'm sure it will encourage mothers with a little one in NICU.

Keep fighting, Dahlia!

 

 

 

Image via Keri Barcellos-Putt via Breastfeeding Mama Talk/Facebook

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