Love, breast milk flow for abandoned baby 'Nathaniel'

Thea Alberto-Masakayan, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 23 2015 06:18 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2015 05:07 AM

 

See the baby on my chest? His name is Baby Nathaniel. He was found abandoned in front of the church in BF last Saturday,...

Posted by Arabelle L. Hipolito on Sunday, September 20, 2015

A baby boy who was abandoned at a church in Paranaque City is alone no more, for now.

Breast milk and various forms of help are overflowing for baby 'Nathaniel,' a newborn found at BF Paranaque. He was found wrapped in dirty clothes, his umbilical cord still attached last Saturday.

The good samaritan who saw Nathaniel brought the baby to a nearby birthing home, where he has been receiving proper care since September 19.

But massive support came after a concerned citizen Arabelle Hipolito willingly shared her breast milk to the baby and posted about the experience on Facebook.

"We brought him some of my breast milk stash and baby clothes too. God blessed me with the gift to nourish my child with my breast milk alone for 6 months, and I think this is the best way to give thanks...by paying it forward," said Hipolito, whose Facebook post has gained over 2,000 shares.

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She also urged other breastfeeding moms to donate so baby Nathaniel could get proper nourishment.

Rosy Tilao, Clinic head of BF Paranaque Birthing Center, said baby Nathaniel got more than just breast milk donations.

Tilao, a nurse, said Nathaniel has been showered with gifts from individuals touched by the story. Presents range from diapers, baby clothes, to baby blankets. An individual even lent a freezer to preserve donated breast milk.

"Liquid gold" donors are however screened for sanitary purposes, said Tilao.

A doctor also volunteered to give Nathaniel free services on new-born screening and immunization, said Tilao.

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Tilao said the birthing center is taking care of Nathaniel round the clock and the "angel baby" will be staying with them for at least a month before he is turned over to the Department of Social welfare and Development.

The person who found the baby also wants to adopt Nathaniel but a process must be followed.

During the adoption process, Nathaniel might still have to stay at an orphanage.

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