HOWEVER, every time I hear a re-telling of the story of Shatiesha Brown’s baby being given to the wrong mom in the New York City hospital’s maternity ward, I am more mystified by her misplaced anger.
Brown told a NYC news station that she was outraged that her little girl, Aniya Victoria, was breastfed by another woman at Brookside Hospital.
OK, so what? I’d be flipping a lid over the fact that my newborn child was given to someone else to begin with. That she was breastfed by that woman. . . eh. . . as long as the woman had no communicable diseases, who cares?
The thing is, Shatiesha Brown was told by her doctors that her dangerously high blood pressure had to be monitored. For twenty-four hours, they said, she would have to be separated from her newborn. It’s during that period when hospital staff apparently took little Aniya Victoria to the room of another new mom, whose last name was also Brown and whose first initial was also S. The other new mom breastfed the baby and posed for pictures before the mistake was discovered.
Now Shatiesha is claiming that her daughter suffered nipple confusion and that the hospital ruined all her plans to breastfeed the little girl with the mistake. “The bond that you have when you breastfeed your child, that’s everything,” she told ABC 7.
Except that’s not how nipple confusion works. Moving from breast to breast isn’t an issue – if it was, babies would have trouble moving from the right side to the left on a mom who has different shaped or sized nipples (which is actually most of the population). Nipple confusion comes into play when a newborn baby feeds from an artificial nipple – which Aniya Victoria would have done ANYWAY if mom and baby were to be separated for twenty-four hours. Even then, babies can still make the switch, albeit with some difficulty, and many women report successful breastfeeding of a year or more after their baby received an artificial nipple during the very early days of life.
The mother I feel for is the one who breastfed Aniya Victoria . . . while her own baby lay in the nursery, missing out on the colostrum that’s chock full of nutrients and antibodies.
Shatiesha is suing, of course (doesn’t everyone?). I agree she has grounds to demand the hospital be held accountable for the mix-up itself, but I’m smelling a cock and bull story here.
Would you be more upset over the mix-up or the fact that your child fed at someone else’s breast?