Grieving mother of newborn saves another baby's life with her breast milk

A grieving mother whose newborn daughter died just days after her birth saved another child in need by donating her breast milk.

Jenny Rogers gave birth to her baby girl, Everly Jade, at 31 weeks, after doctors discovered the girl was being affected by an intrauterine growth restriction.

Baby Everly with Jenny and her husband Hal. See SWNS story NYMILK; A grieving mum whose newborn daughter passed away has donated 700oz of breastmilk to a stranger in need - and saved another baby’s life. Hair stylist Jenny Rogers, 34, gave birth to Everly Jade via C-section at 31 weeks after doctors discovered the tot was suffering from intrauterine growth restriction. As Everly fought in intensive care, Jenny lovingly pumped milk every three hours and stored the supplies in the hospital fridge. But tragically Everly, who weighed just 1lb 40z, passed away aged six days old. Instead of letting her precious stash go to waste, Jenny decided to donate her milk to another mom, Dianne Burnett, 33, after a mutual friend put them in touch. Dianne's baby girl Merrytt was battling a respiratory virus and had suffered a reaction to formula, but PCOS sufferer Dianne was unable to produce enough milk to feed her. So far, first-time mom Jenny has donated more than 700oz of her breast milk to Merrytt, now two months, to grow to a healthy weight and fight off the illness. One month on from Everly's death on January 9, Jenny continues to pump milk and the families refer to Everly as Merrytt's "guardian angel". Jenny, who lives with her husband Hal, 33, in Lubbock, Texas, said: "When we got Everly's diagnosis we were broken-hearted and scared.

Jenny Rogers and her husband Hal holding their newborn daughter, Everly, before she died at 6 days old.  ( © Jenny Rogers / SWNS.com)

While the baby fought in intensive care, Jenny pumped milk every three hours and stored supplies in the hospital refrigerator. But Everly died at 6 days old, weighing just 1.4 lbs.

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"When she passed away I didn't want my hard-earned milk to be thrown in the trash,” the 34-year-old mother from Texas told news service SWNS. 

Baby Merrytt with the breast milk. See SWNS story NYMILK; A grieving mum whose newborn daughter passed away has donated 700oz of breastmilk to a stranger in need - and saved another baby’s life. Hair stylist Jenny Rogers, 34, gave birth to Everly Jade via C-section at 31 weeks after doctors discovered the tot was suffering from intrauterine growth restriction. As Everly fought in intensive care, Jenny lovingly pumped milk every three hours and stored the supplies in the hospital fridge. But tragically Everly, who weighed just 1lb 40z, passed away aged six days old. Instead of letting her precious stash go to waste, Jenny decided to donate her milk to another mom, Dianne Burnett, 33, after a mutual friend put them in touch. Dianne's baby girl Merrytt was battling a respiratory virus and had suffered a reaction to formula, but PCOS sufferer Dianne was unable to produce enough milk to feed her. So far, first-time mom Jenny has donated more than 700oz of her breast milk to Merrytt, now two months, to grow to a healthy weight and fight off the illness. One month on from Everly's death on January 9, Jenny continues to pump milk and the families refer to Everly as Merrytt's "guardian angel". Jenny, who lives with her husband Hal, 33, in Lubbock, Texas, said: "When we got Everly's diagnosis we were broken-hearted and scared.

Jenny Rogers donated 700 oz. of her breast milk to help save now two-month-old Merrytt.  ( © Elise Hurst Photography)

Rogers decided to donate her stored supply to another mom who was in desperate need, after a mutual friend put them in touch.

Dianne Burnett’s baby girl, Merrytt, was battling a respiratory virus and was unable to nurse from her mother or take in formula.

“We tried her on formula but she would get a rash and throw up.  She wasn’t tolerating it," the 33-year-old mother said, explaining she didn’t have enough milk supply to pump out.

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“Around that time, I got a phone call from one of my friends and she said, 'Jenny Rogers wants to give you her milk’ and she filled me in.”

The mother of two added, “When I heard about Everly, my heart broke.”

“Jenny feels like family. We talk every day and I send her pictures of Merryt.  She is like her second mom.”