I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for People.com.
Yes, I could be spending my web time researching sustainably harvested wooden toys or reading about the dangers of fluoride, but sometimes a mama needs to zone out on fashion faux pas and celebrity breakups.
While star gazing today, I was naturally drawn to a headline that read, Jenna Elfman’s Most ‘Rewarding’ Breastfeeding Experience.
Turns out that Jenna’s firstborn son had trouble latching, so she pumped and bottle-fed him. After ten months, she amassed quite a stash of leftover milk in her freezer.
Meanwhile, a family friend adopted a methamphetamine-addicted baby who was struggling to keep formula down. Jenna caught wind of the situation and offered to give her surplus of milk to the sick baby boy. “The second the baby started on breast milk, he could hold it down,” Jenna said. “I literally kept him alive for several months.” To this day, Jenna says she has a special bond with the thriving 3-year-old boy.
The story stuck with me. As I did my morning prayers, I thought about what a cool gesture this was, and how God’s goodness is present in nearly everyone… even celebrities.
Fast-forward seven hours.
A new mom from my Bradley birthing class sent a frantic email to all the moms in our class. She’d been sick, her son had been sick, and her milk supply had dwindled significantly as a result. She had to supplement with formula, but her baby was rejecting it, and was essentially living on Pedialyte. She was worried and looking for help.
Reading her message, my heart went out to her. I didn’t think much beyond that as I didn’t know how I could help.
An hour later, I stopped dead in my tracks. DUH! I’ve got loads of breast milk in my freezer. Just last night I pumped eight ounces so quickly it was a little alarming. Why not pull a Jenna Elfman?
But I was scared.
Let’s face it; breast milk is a precious commodity. It felt risky to give away what could be my baby’s food when I go back to the office.
Then again, it was no coincidence that that article spoke to me just a couple hours earlier. In my experience, that’s exactly how God works… presenting these serendipitous opportunities to help others.
I knew what I had to do.
I’m happy to say the girl from Bradley is stopping by today to pick up 48 ounces of breast milk to get her through the next few days. By then, her supply should be back to normal as she’s pumping and nursing her boy like crazy in the meantime.
Thank you Jenna Elfman, for inspiring me to help a fellow sister. I never would have even thought of giving away my milk if it wasn’t for your example.
And of course, thank you God, for working all things together for good… even People.com.
How about you? When was the last time God worked in mysterious ways in your life?