Friday, September 14, 2012

Madre de leche - hijo de leche - from Uruguay

Human Milk News is featuring a milksharing story every day leading up to World Milksharing Week 2012 (Sept. 24-30)

Milksharing in Uruguay - read about Raquel's difficulty breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery and how she reached out to a doula friend who plugged her into a network of milk sharing mamas - "madre de leche" - who gave her milk to supplement what she was able to provide from her own breasts.

Raquel and San ~ Recipient: Much More Than Milk, Much More Than Breast, Uruguay
September 11, 2012 | Filed under: stories and tagged with: EditMuch more than milk, much more than breast.
I had a breast reduction operation 17 years ago.  I was told then that I could not breastfeed (who cared!).  Our bodies are amazing and when San was born I put him on my breast and I saw that I had some colostrum.  That was it.  I was determined to breastfeed him, even if it meant seeing my mother crying by my side telling me that my baby was going to starve to death.  The truth is that after 9 days, the baby had lost too much weight.