Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Nine days after birth, we finally got baby Kathryn to the breast today. This was a huge victory! It only took medications (Reglan), a Medela double breast pump, Adeline searching for electricity so she could pump several times a day, her working to keep the pump and bottles sterile, formula to use while the breastmilk was increasing, sterile syringes to feed the baby formula as Adeline's milk increased, constant love and encouragement, and breast shields brought in from the United States (take a look at that baby, Gwen...we could not have done this without those shields.)
I stood clapping and doing a little shake-what-my-momma-made-me dance next to Adeline as we finally got this frantic child to the breast...skin to skin...sucking..finally...sucking and here's what I thought..
There is no flippin' way this mom would be sitting here successfully breastfeeding if this tiny little maternity center staffed with people who feel like total dummies were not here in this neighborhood.
Which then made me feel overcome with gratitude that so many of you give and pray. You support this work. You support our family. You love our moms. You love these babies. You give these women access to correct information, life-saving knowledge, the gospel, breast shields, crazy white ladies who cheer them on, formula when we need it, and high-powered, fancy, rich-girl breast pumps.
You give these oppressed ladies and helpless babies justice. Once I saw that baby finally sucking...mom smiling...I could not help but clap. Yes. Justice. Hope. A fighting chance. A future. I got to see a piece of the Kingdom of God today. It's beautiful by the way.
Today with Adeline was one of the sweetest victories. She worked so hard for this! Score! I kept saying, "This is so good, Adeline. So good!" She said, "Because people have prayed." Yes. I told her there were so many people praying. She smiled. Adeline's smile. It melts me.
Breastfeeding is a life or death issue in Haiti. Stay tuned for pictures of baby Kathryn as she gets bigger and bigger. We are crazy proud that Heartline grows Fatty Mcbutter Pants babies.