The Short of It
When Oregon dad Alex Green lost his baby's mother in a car crash four months ago, he took to Facebook to make a plea for breast milk donations for his infant son.
"I am a new single father to Brody, my 8-month-old son," Green posted on the closed Facebook group Portland Mamas, which has more than 11,000 members. "His mother died in a car crash 4 months ago. His mother wanted to breast feed him until he was a year old. So for the past 4 months I have continuously been seeking out breast milk donations. And that is what I am doing now."
Call it a Christmas miracle, but donations from lactating moms have been flooding in. And now Green—an artisan soap maker—has enough donations to keep Brody stocked with breast milk until his first birthday.
"I knew his mom wanted to breastfeed until he was a year old," Green told KATU. "And I was willing to do whatever it takes to do that for him."
Green has since started a separate (and closed) Facebook group called Breast Milk for Brody, even as shares of his original plea continue to gain traction on social media.
"This melts my heart this daddy is trying so hard!" wrote one Facebook user. "Bless all the mommas who have helped and will continue to help! Men like this are a rare gem!"
Green is indeed a rare gem! Still, the single dad remains humble, giving praise, instead, to all the generous mamas out there.
"I'm no hero in this situation," he said. "I think people donating their time and breast milk are the ones who should be acknowledged. I'm just an average, ordinary guy trying to take care of his son."