The famous quote is, "It takes a village to raise a child", but in this story it took the loving hearts of 20 breastfeeding woman. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, I would like to share this story from 2009.
Shortly after the birth of baby Moses Goodrich, in January of this year, his mother died to a rare amniotic fluid embolism. His father, Robbie Goodrich, was now left to raise four children on his own. He knew the value and importance that his wife had placed on breastfeeding their children and set out to do the same for his newborn son. Although some hospitals have milk banks on site, Robbie Goodrich soon discovered that he would have to have breastmilk trucked in from out of town at a cost of $5.00/oz .
Upon hearing his dilemma, a close friend offered to nurse the baby herself and soon another 20 mothers had signed up, giving Moses an entire team of moms to nurse from. Almost a year later, up to seven women a day are still rotating to give Moses the best chance in his first year of life.
"It’s been such an incredible outpouring of community love for this child of mine,” says Robbie Goodrich. “This has certainly stretched the parameters of what is public. I’ve had to open the door to complete strangers, inviting them into the most private, intimate part of my life.”
To learn more about this story, click here. If you're interested in learning more about breastfeeding, visit Dr. Jack Newman's site by clicking here.