Breast cancer survivor, expectant mother blown away by support through milk donations

"I really don't have great words. Just thank you so much. It means the world to me, literally."


Alison Anstaett was 29 when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. But that wasn't the only bad news she received.

Doctors told Anstaett that after 16 rounds of chemotherapy, her daughter would most likely be her only child.

"It actually really hard to talk about, because they told me with the type of chemo that I went through, that it probably would kill all my eggs," Anstaett said. "And they actually gave me a less than 10 percent chance."

Against the odds, Anstaett is pregnant again and is due around Christmas. She needs help, though, after a double mastectomy took away her ability to nurse her baby.

Anstaett contacted online groups to see if there were any mothers willing to donate milk.

"I just kind of put it out there and was like, 'Hey, can anybody help me out?'" Anstaett said. "And you wouldn't believe how many people reached out to me."

Women from all over donated, including Sara Devoto, who has lost two children and donates as a way to grieve.

"I just felt like it was milk that was meant to be for some other baby," Devoto said.

Anstaett now has a fridge full of milk and special bond with everyone who donated.

"I really don't have great words," Anstaett said. "Just thank you so much. It means the world to me, literally."