Yeferson was born just a few weeks ago. Since then, however, his mother has been unable to produce enough breastmilk. As a result, Yeferson is losing weight and not growing. When he is hungry, his mother gives him warm water in a bottle. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Yeferson’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. Brain development is compromised, and Yeferson is at risk of long-term damage. Fortunately, he began treatment on November 22.
Yeferson lives with his parents, two sisters, and brother in rural Guatemala. The family owns their own home, but their resources are limited. Yeferson’s father works in agriculture, which means his income is inconsistent. He needs help to fund this $1,107 treatment.
Yeferson’s treatment will be simple and effective. He will receive formula, which will give him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow and develop. His mother will receive in-home nutrition education, so she will learn low-cost ways to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Yeferson’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
“I don’t want him to get sick,” says Yeferson’s mother. “I want to see him grow healthy and happy. I appreciate the help you will give my son, and when he is grown, I would like him to be a professor to give classes in the school.”