Court orders mother not to breastfeed son

by Peter Magee on July 15, 2010

Breastfeeding can become an issue when a couple with a baby or young child separate. In the past we have helped parents find workable solutions to enable shared care of breastfeeding youngsters.
In a case reported today, breastfeeding became an issue in a different way…
According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, the Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne has ordered that a mother may not breastfeed her son, aged six.
The boy had been living with a carer since he was two years old. Last year he stayed with his parents for six weeks and during this time, according to the carer, the mother had tried to get the boy to suckle from her breasts. The carer also claimed that the mother had hit the boy with a belt.
Although the parents wanted the child back, the Federal Magistrate decided that he should continue living with the carer.
The family and the carer are Fijian and the parents, who are in Australia on bridging visas, may be deported.
Breastfeeding a baby or young child often becomes an issue in cases were separated parents share the care of a child. Sometimes the mother has to express and store milk for the child to be given while the child is staying with the father.
If you are a separated parent where breastfeeding of your child is an issue affecting the amount of time you or the other parent spend with your child, we may be able to assist you.

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Paige July 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Wow interesting – I didn’t realise that breastfeeding could be a legal issue.

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