WTF: Aussie Mom Banned From Breastfeeding For Having ... A Tattoo

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Aussie Mom Banned From Breastfeeding For Having A Tattoo

Sorry mothers, this is yet another decision you're not allowed to make for yourself.

When it comes to debates and conversations surrounding breastfeeding, we're usually talking about whether it's better than formula. There are also discussions concerning mothers breastfeeding in public, and if they should be shamed for using their breasts for their actual function.

But as the world turns, you can always find someone making it worse out there for mothers. This time, it happened in Australia.

According to ABC, on June 5th, a judge banned a mother from breastfeeding her child because she got a tattoo.

The judge believes she might have risked her 11-month-old baby's chances for infection by getting the tattoo four month ago. However, her results were negative for hepatitis and HIV.

Well, this is just a gigantic overstep. Judge Myers deemed the tests as not conclusive, but breastfeeding advocates are rightfully angry over the decision.

"Tattooing is a regulated industry, so if you go to a tattoo parlour that is reputable then the chances [of contracting an infection] are very low," Dr. Karleen Gribble from the University of Western Sydney tells ABC. 

"I think unless there's evidence that she has contracted an infection as a result of that tattoo, then it is unreasonable."

This isn't the first time a mother has been banned from breastfeeding. In 1999, a mother had tested positive for HIV and was ordered not to do so. But since the test results are very different in this case, it's still shocking this was pushed through.

Luckily, his ruling has now been overruled by Family Court of Australia because Judge Myers based his ruling on an internet search. 

"Judges must not mistake their own views for being either facts not reasonably open to question or as appropriately qualified expert evidence. That those views may have been obtained by the judge searching the internet compounds, rather than alleviates, the difficulty," Judge Murray Aldridge tells ABC.

At least there is some hope in the world that can put an end to this uproar. Shouldn't we be thinking about the child, and respecting a mother's decision on whether or not she wants to breastfeed?

Hopefully this judge learns a thing or two about being subjective and not letting his beliefs get in the way of a woman's personal choice.


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