Nova Scotia

N.S. mothers answer plea for breast milk

Several Nova Scotia mothers have donated their breast milk to help a terminally ill girl in British Columbia.

Several Nova Scotia mothers have donated their breast milk to help a terminally ill girl in British Columbia.

Julie Bickford was so moved by the story of little Anaya Cassin-Potts, she organized a milk drive through her infant's clothing store.

The response was overwelming, she said.

"I had so many comments that they'd read it and got goosebumps or cried. It just touches home for so many people."

Anaya has infantile Krabbe leukodystrophy, a degenerative disorder that attacks the nervous system. The 19-month-old can only digest breast milk.

Anaya drinks about one litre of milk a day. Her mother, Camara Cassin, reached out to nursing mothers across the country when her own breast milk began to dry up.

Cassin's heart warms every time a frozen package is delivered to her door in Nelson, B.C.

"I pumped myself for 11 months. You know, it's not fun, and it takes time and commitment, and I just really appreciate every drop," she said.

Bickford has collected a deep-freeze full of milk — enough to feed Anaya for four months.

Anaya is not expected to live past her second birthday. Cassin hopes the gift of milk gives her more time with her daughter.

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