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

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She is only allowed to see her baby one hour a week, is suffering from painful engorgement of the breasts and both mother and baby are distressed.
Even the prosecutors say there is little evidence for the removal of the child and "few explanations".

“We want to make a more informed decision before we consider returning the child”, said prosecutor Pilar Rodriguez.

Habiba’s baby is being looked after with 41 other children up to 6 years old, with only two carers to look after all of them.

For more details, please see: http://actuable.es/peticiones/immf-give-back-habiba-s-baby

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Reviewed June 13, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton

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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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