A grieving mother whose son died only 11 days after birth resolved to donate as much breast milk as she could, which wound up totaling 2,370 ounces.
Ariel Matthews gave birth to son Ronan in October and documented his story on Instagram. The posts revealed Matthews had a miscarriage and a stillbirth last year, after which she also donated breast milk.
“I think because he came early, I just didn’t produce as much,” Matthews, 25, told PEOPLE of last year’s donation. “So I made another goal, if my body would let me, to try for 1,000 ounces. And then I just decided to keep going with it once I hit it.”
The San Jose, Calif.-based stay-at-home mother began pumping as soon as her breast milk came in, and her total donation surpassed her total body weight. Between all three donations, Matthews has given 2,801 ounces.
“It felt really good to donate it all, especially …