Grieving Mother Advises Other Mothers after Loss of Baby — Breastfeeding Gone Wrong

Michael Doyle
March 5, 2017

"If I had given him just one bottle, he would still be alive, " Johnson writes in a blog post for the non-profit organization Fed Is Best. The tragic event, which changed the life of Jillian, the infant's mother, happened back in February 2012.

"Nobody is educating mothers how to prevent this", Dr. Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, a co-founder of Fed Is Best, told CBS News. Due to this anomaly, Jillian couldn't produce enough milk to fill up baby Landon's belly. "And anger because how would I have known", Johnson confessed.

"I still have many, many days of guilt and questions", Johnson wrote. I don't want any parent to have this hole in their heart. According to Segrave-Daly, new moms are strongly encouraged to exclusively breastfeed while in many hospitals, but some women's bodies can not provide sufficient hydration and calories to their newborns in the first days of life.

"And it was then that I realised that it wasn't normal for a newborn to cry as much as Landon did". "We have a modern-day tragedy happening right before our eyes and it is morally and ethically wrong". Indeed, co-founder Dr. del Castillo-Hegyi almost lost her infant to accidental starvation stemming from a decision to exclusively breastfeed, and that child is now neurologically disabled. In the days before your milk comes in, this will provide your baby with all the nourishment she needs.

Breastfeeding can be enormously beneficial for both babies and their mothers. The co-founders of the group say that that allegation is completely untrue. "Baby-friendly" protocol is unsafe and barbaric". They attended classes, read books, and even chose a "baby-friendly" hospital - which supported breastfeeding - the way expecting couples do, to give their child the best care. "Babies only need a few millilitres per feed at this early stage". This may hinder a mother's capabilities in producing milk. "But it doesn't always come naturally to all mothers". She was given no instructions to supplement her feeds with anything else.

A infant died due to severe dehydration after his mother nourished him exclusively with breast milk. "We have a national health crisis".

"I remember when Stella was born, she was always quiet".

"But I didn't know". They're supposed to eat and sleep and dirty their diapers.

As a new mum, you are told that "breast is best".

Though she didn't know it, Jillian had a number of "risk factors" that make breastfeeding more hard. "Sometimes it's the very next day after coming home from the hospital".

Signs of infant starvation include weight loss, finger sucking after feedings, more frequent wakings, green-coloured stools and persistent jaundice.

"As pediatricians, we have a 10 percent rule: If it's less than 10 percent, we don't worry too much", he says.

She writes: "Did you know newborns aren't supposed to cry all the time?"

"Find out how many wet diapers the baby should have, how many poopy diapers", he says.

Woozy from her recent surgery and unsure as a first time mom, Jillian asked her nurses if it was normal that her son was eating all the time.

"We took him home. not knowing that after less than 12 hours home with us, he would have gone into cardiac arrest caused by dehydration", Jillian wrote.

"The best advice I was given by one of his NICU doctors while he was on life support is sure breast is best, but follow with the bottle".

"But I didn't know". A few days later, Jillian and her husband chose to take the child off life support.

His cause of death was determined to be hypernatremic dehydration, which went on to trigger cardiac arrest and a diffuse brain injury. "They're continuously nursing, but they're not having enough milk during breast-feedings". "If I did, he would be alive". However, because of intense pressure to exclusively breastfeed, Johnson said that they were afraid a bottle would "ruin" him. "People should know what can happen and know the signs".

"Landon was on my breast - ALL OF THE TIME. We were so brainwashed".

Since its inception two years ago, the Fed is Best Foundation has received tens of thousands of stories from parents whose babies were inadvertently starved. "I share his story in hopes that no other family ever experiences the loss that we have".

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