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Child custody cases involves breast milk

Most parents in New Hampshire and across the country are committed to doing what is in the best interests of their children. When parents cannot agree, courts are often tasked with the difficult position of making a decision. For example, a child custody case in another state is asking the court to decide if it is better for a child to be exclusively breast fed or have overnight visitation with his father.

The case involves a 6-month-old baby. The mother and father of the child split soon after the baby was born in February. Since that time, the 27-year-old mother claims that the child has been exclusively breast fed. Because she says she is unable to pump enough milk for the child to have if he spends the night with his father, she is arguing against overnight visitation.

However, the father is requesting that the child be allowed to have formula so that the child can stay with him overnight. A Maryland magistrate agreed with the father, arguing that refusing overnight stays on the basis of breast milk consumption is parental alienation. The mother filed for an exception in early August, arguing that a pediatrician claims that the baby is unable to tolerate formula. Another hearing is set for October.

In this case, a judge must balance a child's nutritional needs with the benefits of establishing a strong relationship with one of his parents. Unfortunately, cases involving child custody matters can be complex. To help parents fighting for the best interests of their child fully understand their options, many in New Hampshire choose to seek assistance from an attorney with experience with such cases.

Source:, "Maryland mom ordered to give breast-fed infant formula at father's request", Justin Wm. Moyer, Aug. 31, 2017

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