Women Cross-Nurse Motherless Infant

A group of Michigan moms have stepped up to feed a baby boy whose mom died shortly after birth.

Baby Moses Goodrich was in desperate need after his mom Susan died of a rare amniotic fluid embolism. Breast is best, of course, but the hospital didn’t have any breastmilk available for the little guy. The grieving father didn’t know where to turn.

Then he got a call from a family friend, Laura Janowski, who was still nursing her 1-year-old. Professor Goodrich made the good decision,

That’s when it clicked in my head. I wanted the baby to be nursed. That’s something that Susan would have wanted.

But it wasn’t only Ms. Janowski who stepped up to the plate. Soon, another family friend, Nicoletta Fraire, organized a group of women to breastfeed Moses.

Shortly, there were almost 20 women who signed up to cross-nurse Moses, and they set up a schedule. The two-month-old is fed at 9 a.m., noon, 1:30, 4, 6:30, and 8 p.m.  At night, Goodrich feeds him expressed milk.  He is entirely impressed with these women, many of whom never met the family before they were in need.

They would do it for anyone because they believe in this. They didn’t take it lightly and they don’t miss a day. It’s commitment, passion – it’s love. It’s an act of love.

Image/Story Source: Mining Journal. (Thanks also to a Much Better Blog.)

Comments

  1. Veggiemomma says:

    Wow! What an amazing story. I would do this for a family any day. Insipiring.

  2. What an incredible and inspirational story. I’ve nursed friends’ babies in a pinch and pumped for a family in need for a while too. Those women are helping that baby in a wonderful way and setting a great example of giving for their own children.

  3. Samantha says:

    I find that alittle odd…I mean, sure its sweet…but odd.

    Same with his name, Moses.

  4. I think it’s fantastic! What a wonderful gift to give the family and Baby Moses gets the closeness and skin-to-skin he would have lost otherwise. Beautiful!

  5. Absolutely amazing.

  6. Really? WTF is wrong with people? The kid would not have died if he had formula.

    Sure the wife’s passing is sad, but to follow that up with a cadre of women coming over to feed your child? Seems like a really odd choice.

  7. What a perfect way to help a baby in need! What a wonderful group of women to volunteer for such an important task! Feeding the baby with what is perfect for him is such a life-long gift!

  8. This is what we’ve been doing for most of human history, until recently. Formula is hardly natural, and you don’t get the skin-to-skin contact that may be part of the benefits of breastfeeding.

    I think it’s beautiful that these women have chosen to add Moses into their lives and share their breastmilk with him and his family. What a big, wise choice from the father! (Especially in the face of criticism, which is inevitable on sensitive, “different” choices like this.)

  9. In a culture such as ours breasts are made to seem so sexual- in a way not necessarily related to the reproductive cycle- so they think its “odd” when a woman breastfeeds in public, or nurses someone else’s child. I think this is sad. Grow up people, its just a baby, and just a breast. Yeah, formula wouldnt have killed him but he would have missed out alot of emotional and health pluses that are important to early developement.

  10. Well said, Angela!
    I mean, his father could have bought some fancy gizmo that replicated heartbeat (which, might I add, the baby was used to)and paid a hefty price for formula (which is from another species, distantly related to us!), but instead, he took these women up on their generosity.
    I love that he knew that it’s what his wife would have wanted and recognized that it’s an act of love.
    I love this story!

  11. saribird says:

    An amazing story, women have always breastfed eachothers babies, it is only in our overdeveloped, over sexualised society that we find this odd. I would have fed another womens infant, as I had an over abundance of milk. My own mother was born in WWII London, and her mother was terribly ill. My Mom was premature, and was fed by whichever mother had some spare milk, this was continued for over six months. despite my mother being very premature, she has had no health problems, which she says is due to the huge array of antibodies carried in the different milks she recieved. This was across racial and class groups as well. May the goddess bless all these women, and moses too.

  12. That’s wonderful! I’m not sure I would personally feel comfortable nursing a non-related child but I would absolutely donate pumped milk.

  13. This is what humans did before formula was oushed on the market turning us into a weaker speies hrray for you. wonderful women

  14. I am always surprised when people respond to posts like this with anger. What do people think happened to infants who lost their mothers before formula was invented? They were of course breastfeed by other lactating women, there is nothing freaky, not for that matter saint-like about it.

  15. Samantha says:

    OH COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!! god forbid the baby had formula!!! geez. for real this is the most ridiculous story i have ever read. for fucks sake.

  16. Yeah, god forbid the baby have melamine, rocket fuel, and a bisphenol-A, especially when women are generous enough to give of themselves (like, naturally, women have been doing all through history).
    Why give a baby breastmilk from another species when there is some readily available for him?
    Plus, as an added benefit, he gets the closeness that he would not have otherwise received.

    It’s called compassion.

  17. Totally agree with Cate Nelson above. Samantha, you act like formula is powdered breastmilk, well its not and it should not be weighed as an option when there are loving mothers offering their milk and warmth to a child whose just lost his mother. He’s just been born, separated from mom and needs this connection in his life – not the same as a bottle from dad. sorry.

  18. Kamala Ram says:

    Hi everybody!!!!!

    All that you are now discussing in this place has actually happened in my place, where I had cross nursed babies of my own cousins and my friends. I do not find it to be any dismal of human anatomy.

    It is that thought of motherly instinct and willingness to save babies is that which is making progress.

    Not that it has got anything to do with spreading diseases or affecting the bodily immune of the baby’s health. Normally for me when i opted to cross nurse a child, i felt like this is an ordinary thing and that we had people who wanted me to take care of their babies and that the main point is the child needs to be nursed (save the child).

    I felt it as a blessing to cross nurse other children as to their ability to get nutrients in any form and that spreading has saved children. Even the son of my house maid was breastfed by me as my house maid had no milk to produce in her breasts.

    Initially the thought of breastfeeding babies through wetnursing and cross nursing was thought to be ebbed to people of lower standards, but that is not so. It is a motherly instinct to give nourishment more than anything.

    NOURISHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just think about that. Have a thought!!!! TO SAVE THE WORLD. WE THE WOMEN ARE THE MOTHERS FOR THIS WORLD.

    Mrs. Kamala Ram

    kr7830@gmail.com

  19. Kamala Ram says:

    Cross nursing is a very much traditional thing and that people should continue to concentrate on that. Proteins and vitamins differ from person to person. If a child is shared of these different proteins, then cross nursing would be a necessity.

    For me, I started breastfeeding in my house when i was 14 and I started developing galactorrhea. At that time, I was advised to breastfeed and that I started doing so with my niece and nephew who were children of two of my cousins. In the beginning, I felt a bit of a difficulty with the children nursing, sometimes one would nurse and the other would not and both would at the same time.

    When my mother was pregnant for the 5th time and she delivered a healthy boy, but the difficulty was she was not having any milk in her breasts and that I offered to breastfeed my brother and now till today I breastfeed my youngest kid brother and he is aged 4 years.

    Also I have cross nursed many children near my house not just for name, but for purpose of saving lives.

    Kamala_Ram

    kr7830@gmail.com

  20. Kamala Ram says:

    Hi everybody!!!!!

    All that you are now discussing in this place has actually happened in my place, where I had cross nursed babies of my own cousins and my friends. I do not find it to be any dismal of human anatomy.

    It is that thought of motherly instinct and willingness to save babies is that which is making progress.

    Not that it has got anything to do with spreading diseases or affecting the bodily immune of the baby’s health. Normally for me when i opted to cross nurse a child, i felt like this is an ordinary thing and that we had people who wanted me to take care of their babies and that the main point is the child needs to be nursed (save the child).

    I felt it as a blessing to cross nurse other children as to their ability to get nutrients in any form and that spreading has saved children. Even the son of my house maid was breastfed by me as my house maid had no milk to produce in her breasts.

    Initially the thought of breastfeeding babies through wet-nursing and cross nursing was thought to be ebbed to people of lower standards, but that is not so. It is a motherly instinct to give nourishment more than anything.

    NOURISHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just think about that. Have a thought!!!! TO SAVE THE WORLD. WE THE WOMEN ARE THE MOTHERS FOR THIS WORLD.

    Mrs. Kamala Ram

    kr7830@gmail.com

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