Judge Orders BM to Stop Breastfeeding
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|Thu, 11-14-2013 - 1:26pm|
A Pennsylvania mom is upset that a judge has ordered her to stop breastfeeding her 10 month old daughter so the dad can have overnight visits:
"I'm feeling frustrated, hurt," Moser said. "I'm trying to keep myself from crying, it's very emotional."
Jasmine is still breastfeeding and won't drink from bottles, Moser explained to the outlet. The mother stressed she's "very passionate" about her right to breastfeed and believes "breast is best" at her daughter's age.
Indeed, the World Health Organization recommends children be breastfed exclusively during the first six months and then gradually receive complementary foods, in addition to breast milk, until age 2.
However, the way courts take breastfeeding into consideration during custody proceedings -- if they do at all -- is generally determined on a state-by-state basis, according to the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Do you think that breastfeeding trumps a dad's right for time with their child? Is there an age where your opinion would change, such as if the biomom does extended breastfeeding? What about if the biomom chooses to breastfeed for longer so that the dad's custody times are cut short?
I'm going to throw another scenario out there, what if you have circumstances where the step-mom could breastfeed the child, would that be acceptable?