This Woman Aimed To Donate Her Body Weight In Breast Milk To Help Other Babies After Her Son Passed Away

"Thanks to my sweet Ronan I was able to bless three babies with milk."

After mom Ariel Matthews lost her 11 day old son, Ronan, she knew she wanted to help other babies. So, in an Instagram post, she explained her goal to pump her body weight in breast milk to donate to babies. 

In the end, she donated a whopping 2,810 ounces thanks to the milk from Ronan combined with the frozen milk she had from her second son, Cayden, who she also lost.


" I am officially done pumping. 2,370 ounces total, which is about 18.5 gallons in milk. After I pumped 1000oz I decided to keep going and set another goal, which was to pump my body weight in breast milk. I got the idea from my dad. Well, I succeeded! All those ounces come out to about 148.1 lbs., which is more than I weigh, thankfully.  Thanks to my sweet Ronan I was able to bless three babies with milk. After I empty out my freezer, 2,300 of those ounces will have been officially donated. I defiantly [sic] feel lucky to have been able to help babies stay healthy, and grow. With my two boys in heaven I have donated a total of 2,810 ounces. I know I donated with Noah as well, but cannot remember the exact amount. I believe it was around another 100oz. Not going to lie, it was a good feeling to be able to do this, and for mothers trusting me enough to use my milk. Oh sweet Ronan how I miss you. There are days where I wish I could relive the NICU days just to see you alive and whole. I know that isn't possible, so I will cherish your 11 days of life in my heart forever. You were such a blessing to carry in my womb, (no matter how much I complained) I will never wish I had not. There are many things I wish, for example sibling bonding, to kiss you, to snuggle, to watch you grow, and learn. Thankfully this isn't forever, and I will see your beautiful face again. #donated #babyboy #love #breastmilk #beauty#rainbowbaby #missed #infantloss#blessed #mommy #boymom" 

Breast milk is something that is key to a baby's health and development, but not all moms who want to breastfeed are able  to. They have to rely on donations or bottle feed so selfless donations like Matthews' can make a huge difference.

Other incredible mamas like Matthews have continued to pump their own milk after losing their children. Another mom made headlines in August for donating a whopping 17,503 ounces of milk while another donated an impressive 92 gallons.

In times of grief, these moms have been able to help others while honoring their late babies.

(H/T: PopSugar)


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