A Mom’s Right To Breastfeed Doesn’t Trump A Father’s Right To See His Child
An Arkansas mother wants to enact a nationwide law that she thinks will “protect” babies in custody cases. She’s calling it “Landry’s Law” – after her own daughter. She appears to want mothers with breastfed babies to not be kept from their children overnight until they are done exclusively feeding. Has this woman ever heard of a breast pump? I’m sorry, but the right of a mother to breastfeed her child from her nipple does not trump the right of a father to spend time with his child.
Rachel D. Woolar- Weston‘s mission stems from her own experience with Landry’s custody case. Just this week, a judge ruled that in three months, the father of her child we be allowed overnight custody visits. Custody cases are incredibly difficult. I can’t even imagine having to spend time away from my small child, so I feel for her distress. But a father has every right to spend time with his daughter, too. On her blog she says:
There is no present law protecting breastfed babies in custody cases. While I am all for paternal rights, as a mother, I’m even more for the rights of a child. In child custody cases, the “best interest of a child” is to be considered; how is it the best interest of a child to rip them away from their only source of nutrition?
She’s losing me here, because this is just over-the-top dramatic. Her “only source of nutrition?” Woolard-WestonÂ claims the baby refuses artificial nipples because she has been exclusively breast fed since birth. She’s now seven months old. Three months is plenty of time to get a child used to an artificial nipple. My daughter hated bottles too, but when I started leaving her for the day to write, she eventually would take one when she got hungry enough. A baby is not going to starve itself rather than suck from a plastic nipple. That is just ridiculous.