Kaleena Pysher made some very big decisions recently that showed a strength and maturity far beyond her nineteen years.
In November, the Anchorage teenager had a baby girl that she decided to give up for adoption. The story doesn’t end there though.
When the adoptive parents arrived at the hospital Pysher insisted they bond with the baby and she stopped holding her so they could do so.
She then pumped breastmilk almost every two hours for two months and mailed it to her birth daughter. When asked why, she responded “I want her to have the best.”
The adoptive parents have a stockpile of breastmilk and have started supplementing with formula, and Pysher is a bit concerned that now that she is not as ‘necessary’ that they will forget about her. But it is an open adoption and they have an agreement to keep in touch.
And that’s still not where the story ends.
Since she amassed so much milk in her parents’ freezer, she decided to donate the excess milk to a bank in Colorado where it will be screened and then given to premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit.
There is currently no such milk bank in Alaska, but one is said to be in the works.
Kudos to Pysher for making some seriously selfless and mature decisions.