Being a parent is hard and you can never anticipate the challenges that you'll face.
The pain of losing a child is unimaginable.
Here's the story of how Sierra is bravely raising awareness, while dealing with her own loss...
Sierra and Lee Stranfeld dreamed of having a family.
via: FacebookSadly the hair and makeup artist hasn't had the easiest of rides to becoming a parent.
Sierra and Lee had their first child 18 months ago.
via: FacebookBlessed with a daughter, the young couple called their firstborn, Porter Mae Jacquelin.
Porter was born with a tongue-tie.
via: FacebookThis is a fairly common condition, wherein the baby's tongue has difficulty moving. This meant Sierra was unable to breast-feed her baby girl.
This is where Sierra first learned that she could donate her milk.Whilst baby Porter was unable to feed, Sierra was still producing milk. Rather than let it go to waste, Sierra made the decision to donate her milk to those in need.
Many mothers have no idea this is a thing.
@cynthialoyst @MountSinai If only i had known about this years ago when i was bf! I had so much milk the pressure w… https://t.co/crIGGSY9BD— Jenns (@Jenns)1538516360.0
Sierra selflessly donated her milk.
via: FacebookBut this wouldn't be the only time Sierra found herself donating breast milk...
Sierra gave birth to her second child this year.
via: FacebookTragically, Samuel was born with a rare genetic condition called trisomy 18 that causes life-threatening birth defects that leave sufferers with a very slim survival rate.
Samuel only survived a few hours.
via: FacebookWriting about meeting her son on Facebook, Sierra posted saying "we held and loved our little boy with every ounce of our being."
After the loss of Samuel, Sierra decided to donate her milk again.
via: FacebookShe decided that something good must come out of the tragic loss of Samuel.
Sierra wanted to give her son a legacy.
via: FacebookSierra refused to let her son's death go in vain and set out to raise awareness about his condition.
The whole family has been raising awareness.
via: FacebookIt has been important for both Sierra and Lee to process the death of their baby by spreading awareness about the rare generic disorder.
Even baby Porter has been helping out.
via: FacebookIt's been important for all the family to raise awareness while ensuring that baby Samuel is remembered.
Donating milk has potentially saved other infants.By donating her milk Sierra has helped keep other newborns alive and healthy.
Not that everyone has been supportive of Sierra.
via: FacebookPosting on her Facebook profile, Sierra shared some of the hateful messages she has received since her story went viral.
Some of the comments were truly horrible.
via: FacebookYou can't even imagine why someone would want to be so cruel. It's obvious that Sierra is only trying to put good out in the world...It's understandable that such nasty comments would get her down.
Sierra carried on donating her milk.
via: FacebookFor sixty-three days, Sierra breastfed and donated all of it to children in need.
As a family, they have helped each other process the death of baby Samuel.
via: FacebookThe loss of baby Samuel has left Lee and Sierra closer than ever. The couple is looking forward to the future and endeavor to ensure baby Samuel will be remembered by his big sister, Porter.
People have commended Sierra for her actions.
via: TwitterShe has shown real bravery and kindness of heart through her actions during this clearly difficult time.
Attention all breastfeeders!
Did you know that after mother’s own milk, donor breast milk is best for low birth weight babies?If you’re a breast… https://t.co/rgTlnWoT2v— Cynthia Loyst (@Cynthia Loyst)1530654662.0
Sierra is an inspiration to moms everywhere.
@SikhProf #RealMothers❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Azaad_Punjab_Party (@Azaad_Punjab_Party)1574175160.0