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Breastfeeding could play a role in child custody in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2018 | Child Custody |

If a couple with a young child or baby splits up, there may be an added factor to consider when it comes to the child. If the woman is breastfeeding the baby and child custody is such that the parents share co-parenting and custody, mom may become worried how her baby may fare being separated from her for lengthy periods. It’s important that Connecticut couples with this issue understand each other and try to do what’s best for the infant, especially when the dad may think that his former spouse is using breastfeeding as a means of keeping his child from him.

When parents can iron out a solution to this issue on their own rather than involving the courts, it may be better for all concerned, especially for the baby. Pumping breast milk may be a solution or if the child is old enough, he or she might be weaned. In any case, separation from the mother should never be forced if the child is to grow up emotionally healthy. 

It has been shown that breastfeeding isn’t just about providing nutrition to a baby. It can also help with healthy sleep, helps to calm a baby down and can even help in pain associated with colic or teething. Being separated from his or her primary caregiver at this point (which is usually mom) may not be healthy for the child. Babies and infants can’t process why their mothers are gone and may be traumatized as a result.

There are so many issues that can come into play when it comes to child custody. It may seem confusing and complex. A Connecticut lawyer’s experience may be invaluable in these types of situations. An attorney’s advice may help his or her clients make wise decisions for the highest and best good of their children.