Mother Told to Stop Nursing to Allow Father Overnight Visitation

Mother Told to Stop Nursing to Allow Father Overnight Visitation

Stop breastfeeding: or else?

Imagine being forced by a court official, a judge no less, to stop breastfeeding your 10 month old baby, or risk losing the baby permanently. It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what a Pennsylvania mother is saying happened to her. Jessica Moser is a breastfeeding mom to a ten month old little girl named Jasmine. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here 

Jessica says that the judge presiding over her custody case told her to stop breastfeeding Jasmine so that her father could have her for overnight visitation, or risk losing the child altogether. It sounds crazy, maybe even like something out of a movie plot, but for one Pennsylvania mother, this nightmare is very, very real.

No bottles for Jasmine

Moser says that Jasmine is exclusively breast fed, and that she refuses to take a bottle. She also makes it very clear that she is extremely passionate about her right to breastfeed, and that it is the best thing for her daughter. Moser says that under no circumstances was she ready to give up breastfeeding her ten month old right now, and she is appalled that a judge would tell her that this is the best thing for her daughter.

As we all know, the World Health Organization recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life, and then have additional foods introduced in addition to breast milk after that time. So, can a judge really tell a mother what is best for her daughter, when that means forcing the mother to stop breastfeeding? Sadly enough, it seems like this is exactly what happened in this particular case.

Risking it all

It seems as though Moser’s hands are tied at this point. At a recent custody hearing, the judge ruled that 10-month-old Jasmine must stay with her father overnight for two days. Moser had previously agreed to the terms, but she said the father never complied with the order’s incrementally increasing visits with his daughter, and that therefore she feels the child and the father are not prepared for a two-day visitation.

Plus, this visit would require Moser to find an alternative to breastfeeding her daughter, something she says she is not prepared to do. Moser says that she can’t pump enough milk for two days, and that if she doesn’t comply, her daughter will be taken away. So, what is she to do? What do you think? Is the judge’s ruling fair, or completely out of line? Is there a happy medium that Moser and her child’s father could come to in this situation?

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.