The Update

On July 5th 2016, Killian was born sleeping at just 19 weeks gestation. Wendy and her family had to face the unthinkable, mourning the loss of their sweet boy gone too soon. As you can imagine, everything moves so quickly and time with your baby is fleeting. Breastfeeding World shared Wendy’s moving and harrowing story after meeting her at the 2016 Big Latch On in NYC. We listened to the amazing things that Wendy had done up to that point and all of her big plans for the future, and we were inspired. We felt compelled to share her story and her project: bringing Cuddle Cots to New York Methodist Hospital.

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Wendy and Killian


The Team at Breastfeeding World is proud and honored to congratulate Wendy on all of her hard work, strength and perseverance in such a difficult time for her and her family. Her dedication to her project and the memory of her son, Killian, has given an indescribable gift to future families experiencing such a heavy loss at New York Methodist Hospital. Because of Wendy, along with the amazing contributors to her fund, a Cuddle Cot is now at New York Methodist Hospital.

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She keeps going!

But Wendy is not stopping there! Motivated by the beautiful outpouring of love and support, Wendy and her family is moving forward in the collection and bringing Cuddle Cots to more hospitals in the New York Area. Breastfeeding World and I, are honored to have been able to contribute to such an amazing cause.

Wendy Says

“I feel so humbled and grateful to those who have shown their support, generosity and understanding of the importance of CuddleCots. When I began this campaign, I had no expections. I did not think that I would be able to reach my goal of a Cuddle Cot within 3 months! It made me feel a sense of personal accomplishment for my son. Killian was born still on July 5th 2016. To know that so many people know his name; To see the impact he has had around the world, just proved to me that his memory and legacy lives on. Because of that, I will continue on to raise more funds for more CuddleCots to be place in hospitals throughout NYC where it’s needed the most. I know that I cannot prevent a stillbirth or an infant loss, but at least I can give the families the gift of time. Time that I never had with Killian.”

Thank you, from all of us

We would also like to extend official congratulations, thank you and ‘you are amazing’ to Wendy . You have donated over 2,000 ounces of breastmilk to six different babies. You have done an amazing service to the breastfeeding community. Wendy, you have touched so many lives in the most extraordinary fashion. You have inspired us all in an indescribable way.

Thank you Wendy, for all that you have done and continue to do for our community.

If you would like to donate and help Wendy bring a Cuddle Cot to hospitals all over NYC, click here!

Be sure to join us in our social media accounts to be up to date with the progress of our project!
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Samantha Sykula

Designer & Owner at Hooked on Ewe
Born and raised in NY, I studied speech and language pathology at NYU. I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful children, Richard and Charlotte and wife to my wonderful husband, Rich. I have always had a deep love for learning, which has grown further since becoming a mother, I am always looking for new ways to enrich our lives. Becoming a mother changed my life, I learned compassion, caring and most importantly, true love. I hope to share the experiences of my breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, crocheting, full of love, life.
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