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15-Month-Old Baby Removed from Mother Because She Breast Feeds

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Imagine what the result might have been if they had used species- appropriate milk, like mouse milk.

Yet others have found that breast milk prevents meningitis and hib. The Journal of Epidemiology said that the longer the child was breastfed, the greater the degree of protection from hib: "For each week of breast feeding, the protection improved."

Tropical Pediatrics found that breast milk contained significant antibodies to whooping cough, hib, strep B infection, and meningitis. They concluded:

"Samples may indicate a protective role for breast milk against the four infections of early childhood."

In a study in Brazil, breast milk was found to protect against rotavirus, with formula-fed babies being six times more likely to get rotavirus, and another report in the Lancet found that measles fatalities in Rwanda were reduced by one-third in breast fed infants.

Breast feeding also has emotional benefits and provides for the child’s emotional needs. Breast fed children grow up more emotionally secure and tend to have less behavior disorders than bottle fed children.

The Archives of Disease in Childhood wrote, “Our findings suggest that longer duration of breastfeeding (at all or exclusively) is associated with having fewer parent-rated behavioral problems in term children.”

So to purposefully deny a breast feeding baby his or her right to breast feed is a violation of the baby's and the mother’s rights.

The IMMF said that Habiba wanted to continue breast feeding and they don’t allow it in their center but they deny that is the reason why they took custody of her baby, stating that she had a lack of family support and very little money.
However, the shelter was set up for the purpose of helping disadvantaged families and the residents have financial problems and various family problems including sexual abuse and it is supposed to be their job to assist such families. Since Habiba no longer has her child she has been forced to leave the center even though she is homeless.

Habiba now has the assistance of a legal organization who is looking after her.

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Just to let all the readers know that Habiba and her baby Alma have been reunited. Habiba is in a new shelter and is hoping to get a job. She got the baby back because she agreed to attend some kind of parenting course or counselling. It is unclear to me whether this also includes giving up breast feeding or if she still has a supply after 3 weeks of not having her baby. The prosecutor also said that the IMMF had said one of the reasons for the removal of the child was a lack of social support, however, they couldn't find evidence of that since there were numerous social networking sites supporting her and a petition of 20,000 signatures calling for the return of her baby.
Some breast feeding experts from the Spanish Academy of Pediatrics also said that to separate an infant from its mother could cause serious harm to the infant.


This is lovely proof that petitions work :)

June 22, 2011 - 4:44pm

Thanks, it is appalling. When I first heard about it, I couldn't even read the reports as I knew I would get too upset. I had to prepare myself for a day or two before I read them.

I too am a breast feeding mother, well, my son has weaned now, he self-weaned at 3 years and 10 months by his choice so I kept thinking if I had been in Spain and needed help from the authorities, would they take my son?

I have signed the petition for Habiba to be reunited with her baby and I hope everyone else will too.

June 14, 2011 - 3:29pm

I was appalled just by reading the title! Thank you for alerting us to this, and for helping explain to readers why this event is so tragic. Breastfeeding is such a natural and healthy way for children to grow, and for mothers and young children (note I didn't just say "babies") to bond. This is a sad story, but hopefully the fact that it's getting press is a testimony to people's outcry against the system.

June 13, 2011 - 11:52pm
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