A judge in Sydney, Australia banned a woman from breastfeeding her 11-month-old baby because of a tattoo she got four weeks earlier.
The case was presented to the court by the baby's father, who is involved in a bitter parenting dispute with the woman.
Despite the mother's negative HIV and hepatitis test results, Judge Matthew Myers concluded there was still an unacceptable risk to the child, appalling many breastfeeding advocates.
In fact, Dr. Karleen Gribble, from the University of Western Sydney, stated,
Rebecca Naylor, from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, also expressed concern over this potentially detrimental decision and asked,
Naylor, the chief executive officer, continued,
As a result of public concern, a full bench of the Family Court will hear an appeal against the ruling made by Judge Myers.
Citations: Judge Bans Mother From Breastfeeding 11 Month Old Son Because She Got a Tattoo (ABC News)