The moving story of a woman who makes all women PROUD to be women.
Veronica did not hesitate for a moment
This story begins years ago, when Verónica met her friend Patricia in high school, where a beautiful and ongoing friendship was born.
When Patricia turns 28, she finds out that she is pregnant with her third child; She and her husband formed a beautiful family, of which Verónica was also part of the friendship that united them.
But on reaching the fourth month of pregnancy, the doctors found in Patricia a medical condition called “congenital heart disease,” a problem that is in no way compatible with pregnancy.
What doctors recommend is that you terminate the pregnancy. But Patricia was not willing to interrupt the life of her third son “Jeremías” according to what was published by La Nación.
A perfect plan
Patricia, fully aware that her days were numbered, decides to create a plan for her baby to have a mother in her absence.
Therefore, with the prior consent of the husband, Patricia and Verónica, agree that the latter will assume the role of mother of the newborn, and Patricia’s husband assumed paternity.
Things happened as planned, when Patricia, her best friend Verónica, passed away, Jeremías was removed from the hospital, a beautiful baby, full of life, dark and with big brown eyes, and like every child, he needed a lot of love, arms , care and FOOD.
A drop of love
During the first 5 days of life, Jeremías stayed in the hospital, so Verónica looked for information about adoptive mothers and breastfeeding, where she found that adoptive mothers could breastfeed their babies.
Thus began a long but successful breastfeeding process.
First, she turns to a center called “Liga de leche” in the city where she lived, Mar Del Plata, Argentina, that is where she learns with her advisor Ana María that:
- Lactation can be induced.
- Non-pregnant women do not go through the colostral stage.
- The first drops of milk are about a mother 10 days after the birth of her child.
- With effort and time, normal breastfeeding can be achieved.
Dry lactation and puerperium
Verónica says that from the first day Jeremías was discharged, she latched him to the breast, in order to create a bond, and begin with the so-called “dry stage”, in which the child is left to suck in order to stimulate the nipples, since the breast pump, helps but is not the same as the one performed naturally.
It took months for the first drop of milk to show up, but before this happened, while the dry lactation process continued, Veronica had to take a substance that stimulates the production of breast milk in the glands, called “galactogogues.”
Verónica has her own words »I had a very emotional puerperium, every day I tried to do things better, to be the best mother for Jeremías. At the same time she was exhausted, she had to overcome several duels. That of my friend, that of my own identity as a woman, and that of becoming a mother from one day to the next ».
Persevere and you will succeed
Nothing better than these words to express what Verónica had to go through for the miracle to happen.
After almost 7 months of trying, she began to feel warmth in her breasts and the sensation of hardness when filling, and while Jeremías was still breastfeeding dry, one day he began to suck eagerly and SWALLOW, he was receiving breast milk.
Jeremías drank milk until he was three years old, he is currently 13 years old.
Veronica met her current husband, and they had a son years ago, but two years ago, this brave mother was once again blessed with the gift of motherhood by being the mother of twins whom she is currently breastfeeding.
The possibility of stimulating breast milk in adoptive mothers is a possibility that many women are joining, and as in the case of Verónica, it is a long process that involves a lot of patience, time and love.
To achieve this, specialized help must be sought, and a doctor must prescribe medicine to stimulate the mammary glands, otherwise, the process is simple suction, aided with the breast pump, and additional formula to feed the baby.
Although in most cases, the results are positive, sometimes due to emotional inconveniences, or stress in the adoption process, the milk that comes down is not enough, or almost nothing.
A study on induced breastfeeding shows that in countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, it is not highly recommended, as it does not always have the expected results, leading mothers to feel frustrated.
However, the opposite occurs in underdeveloped countries, where adoptive or surrogate mothers manage to breastfeed without any inconvenience.
The reasons for this difference according to the study are “cultural differences.”
In underdeveloped countries, people grow up with the knowledge of breastfeeding, and it is considered a natural act of love, in addition, women in these countries feel more confident with the process of breastfeeding, they do not present restrictions in this regard, because if the baby is hungry, they do not hesitate to breastfeed, without thinking about where they do it, and this stimulates and accelerates the production of milk.