Alaskan Teen Does Something Unusual For Baby She Gave Up For Adoption
Kaleena Pysher was 18 years old when she found out she was pregnant. It didnt take the high school senior long to realize that she would give up her baby for adoption. After leaving her newborn daughter in the arms of a trusted family friend, she could have returned to the teenage life she knew before, with few responsibilities and exciting college plans ahead. But instead, she did something unexpected to help raise the baby from afar. Since giving birth in late November, she has been shipping the family breast milk.
Pysher decided to push herself through the mental and physical pain of providing breast milk after a visiting nurse from the Southcentral Foundations Nutaqsiivik Nurse-Family Partnership program told her about the benefits breast milk offers newborn babies. Just like she knew adoption was the best option for her daughter, she believed that this was too. The daughters adoptive family bought Pysher a breast pump and offered to pay for the milk to be shipped from Alaska to their home out-of-state.
When the task takes a toll on her body, leaving her nipples dried, cracked and bleeding, Pysher remembers the antibodies and brain growth she was told about.
Im doing this all out of love.
Pysher explained toAlaska Dispatch Newsthat the baby had a strong appetite, and when four ounces from both breasts combined wasnt enough, she upped her supply, changing her routine to pump every two hours. She even went as far as getting up in the middle of the night to pump. But her dedication paid off, as her supply did indeed increase greatly. For months, she shipped the milk in boxes marked Fresh SeafoodKeep Refrigerated to the home of her baby. One box weighed 80 pounds.
Pysher was pumping so much, she began to produce excess milk. Rather than leaving it in her parents freezer, she has decided to donate it to a milk bank in Colorado, where it will be screened and then fed to premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Even after the baby no longer needs breast milk, theAlaska Dispatch Newssaid the adoptive family will stay connected with Pysher through visits and video chats. Pysher told the newspaper that after this experience, she is sure there is a stronger love.
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