A Maine mother has turned the most tragic of losses into an incredibly selfless act. Every human life, no matter how small, has a purpose. This notion soon became overwhelmingly apparent to one very special family. In 2010, Amy Anderson was hit with the tragic loss of her unborn son, Bryson Anderson. Fifteen weeks into her pregnancy, Amy discovered that her unborn son was suffering from a lower urinary tract obstruction. The plan was to perform surgery on the baby in order to correct his medical condition. However, the day before his parents were set to schedule a surgery date for their unborn child, the horribly unexpected happened. As a result of his urinary tract obstruction, and the buildup it was creating in his bladder, the unborn baby’s heart couldn’t handle the pressure being exerted on it. On October 30, 2010, Baby Bryson was born a stillborn. Despite the awful loss of her son, Amy’s body responded as if she was still carrying him. To her surprise, Amy’s milk came in, only a couple of days after giving birth to Bryson. The mom lactated as if she were still pregnant. Despite doctors suggesting that she not pump the milk, Amy’s instincts told her to do otherwise. The loss of a child is probably the most horrible thing a parent can face. A mother of two living sons, and a total of four “angel babies,” the realization hit Amy hard. However, she soon found that the act of expelling the milk from her body, allowed her to feel some relief after her son’s passing. After conducing some of her own research, Amy discovered that there was a huge need for donor breast milk. Donor breast milk is in high demand. Donated breast milk is collected by milk banks, and then used for babies in need. This donated milk can play an important role in saving the lives or prematurely born babies. Amy also found that since baby Bryson was born so early, her milk was considered “preterm great milk,” which means that it was very rich in nutrients. Since Bryson was born extremely premature, Amy’s milk had tons of the good stuff, in order to support the life of her potentially ill son. Over the course of eight months, Amy donated 92 gallons of her own breast milk. She claims that the selfless act was done as tribute to her late son, and that it comforts her to know that baby Bryson helped to save the lives of other premature babies. This experience has changed Amy. She is now a regular volunteer for Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, a breast milk donation group. She is also working to get her certification as a breastfeeding consultant. Amy’s donated milk was used for some of the most high risk premature babies. This proves that even the smallest life, can make a big difference. While no parent ever wishes to bury a child, Bryson’s death had a silver lining. Every life has a meaning, and baby Bryson’s life was certainly not an exception. Would you donate your breast milk to save another child’s life? Comment and share your thoughts!