Mom With ALS Shares Incredible Breastfeeding Story In Viral Post
Just two weeks after learning she was pregnant, Amanda Bernier received a heartbreaking diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
After 24 weeks of close monitoring and another five months in the hospital ICU, the new mom delivered a healthy baby girl. Now paralyzed from the neck down and hooked up to a ventilator, the first-time mom is determined to continue defying the odds by breastfeeding her baby.
In a Facebook post that’s been shared over 26,000 times, Bernier describes her journey to deliver and and nurse her daughter, whom she calls Peanut.
“Nobody knew if I would be able to,” she begins. “My doctors could not find any case studies. Just like I knew that I would deliver a healthy full term baby, I knew that I would be able to breastfeed.”
In the post, Bernier describes the wonderful support she received from hospital nurses and lactation consultants, who helped position the baby for nursing. Baby Peanut latched right away and the mom started producing more and more milk.
Before Bernier left the hospital, the nurses showed her family how to position and latch the baby, as the mom could only move her head on her own. “I can only imagine how awkward it was for my aunts to touch my breasts, but they did it out of love for my daughter and me,” she writes in the Facebook post, adding:
As a first time mom and one that is paralyzed, I was very concerned that she would not know who I was. For the first month I felt like I was only a cow. I could not soothe her when she cried, change her diaper or clothes. My family that stayed with us did all of that. I only saw her for feedings. Over time —> Read More