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Breastfeeding mom so upset her baby was fed formula she sues for $10,000
The New York mom said she "cried for an hour" after learning her newborn was fed formula three nights after coming home from the hospital.
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Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in back-and-forth "talk time" is critical for language development. Conversations can be face-to-face or, if necessary, by video chat with a traveling parent or far-away grandparent. Research has shown that it's that "back-and-forth conversation" that improves language skills—much more so than "passive" listening or one-way interaction with a screen.
For two nights, New York mother Lynn Wojton was awakened by the nanny to breastfeed her newborn daughter after coming home from the hospital.
On the third night, nanny Marcia Chase-Marshall, who slept in the same room as Wojton, never woke her. After first saying it was because she thought formula was best, the nanny eventually told the new mom she was too tired to help her breastfeed, alleged Manhattan Supreme Court documents obtained by the New York Post.
"I was very upset,” said Wojton, 37. "This is not what I wanted — this is not what I want — for my baby. I cried for an hour, honestly."
Wojton is suing the nanny for $10,000 in damages.
When contacted by the Post by phone, Chase-Marshall said, "I have nothing to say," before hanging up.
The incident happened in September 2018. Since then, Wojton, who runs her own cosmetic nursing practice, has a new nanny and her daughter is six-months-old.
Wojton's lawyer Brett Gallaway said his client was right to protect herself and family by not immediately pursing legal action.
"Lynn obviously didn’t want to cross a stranger who had direct access to her baby, to her home and belongings at such an important and potentially volatile time," Gallaway told the Post.
Wojton said memories of that night still linger.
Screen time shouldn't always be alone time. Co-view, co-play and co-engage with your children when they are using screens—it encourages social interactions, bonding, and learning. Play a video game with your kids. It's a good way to demonstrate good sportsmanship and gaming etiquette. Watch a show with them; you will have the opportunity to introduce and share your own life experiences and perspectives—and guidance. Don't just monitor them online—interact with them, so you can understand what they are doing and be a part of it.
"I’m in a good place now, but I still get upset."
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