Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Time is of the Essence

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that a new mother who is being held for overstaying her visa is not being allowed to pump breastmilk for her infant, less than two months old. The infant is obviously having a very hard time with the formula and the mother risks a breast infection.

The issue of this woman's immigration status is irrelevant, in my humble opinion. The issue is that this child and this mother's health are at risk for practices that, in their most generous light, are ill informed. I could blog about what I think about these practices in a less generous light, but you can draw your own conclusions about sexism and poor governmental policies about breastfeeding.

Time is of the essence here.

UPDATED: The mother is being released from the prison today.

1 comment:

Victoria said...

Wow - that is just insane that they wouldn't allow pumping! Grr.