A woman from Northampton County, Pa., became angry after being told by a judge that she could no longer breastfeed her 10-month-old daughter.
Jessica Moser, who has been in a custody battle with her daughter Jasmine’s father, was ordered by a family court judge two weeks ago to stop breastfeeding Jasmine so the child can spend two days overnight with her dad.
Pumping breast milk is not an option because Moser says she can’t pump enough for two days, and Jasmine will not drink from a bottle.
"I'm feeling frustrated, hurt," Moser told WFMZ-TV. "I'm trying to keep myself from crying, it's very emotional."
Moser says she has been the only one taking care of Jasmine since she was born last December.
If Moser does not comply with the judge’s ruling that Jasmine stay with her father overnight, she will lose custody.
She is not trying to keep Jasmine away from her father, but wants to continue breastfeeding.
"I'm very passionate about having that right to breastfeed," Moser tells WFMZ-TV. "The breast is best, and that's what I'm trying to do for her."
The World Health Organization suggests that all babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months, then start eating solid foods, while continuing to nurse for at least two years.
"He did say something along the lines like, ‘well she should be on formula,’ or ‘why isn't she on formula,’ ‘she should be able to have formula at ten months,’” Moser said.
The TV station contacted Jasmine’s father’s attorney Friday afternoon, but no calls have been returned.
Writing on Mommyish, blogger Frances Locke saying the father should “be ashamed.”
“Custody battles are complicated, personal and often brutal,” she wrote.
“With this situation we don't have all the facts so it's hard to point fingers, but I don't think this has to be an either-or situation.
“This child should be able to see her dad and continue nursing - and the judge should encourage this option, not tell mom to stop nursing and use formula.
“It’s important for a child to have a bond with both parents and for a baby to be nourished with her mother’s milk.
“Unless there are details that haven't come out yet, I think ... the father should be ashamed.”