Dear Advice Column, How Do I Keep My MIL From Breastfeeding My Son?
Posted by Kristi Gilbert
Chalk this up as the craziest thing I've ever found online regarding babies. This outdoes the Oreo cookie campaign. At least the Oreo post didn't make you wanna toss your cookies.
Imagine (so sorry to put this image in your head, really) that you have your mother-in-law helping you with your infant son. Say he is 8 months. Say he is breastfeeding. Say you went to check on them and found your mother in law attempting to breastfeed your son.
Yup, that happened.
Dear Prudence, an advice column that deals with manners and moral issues, received this letter during an online chat: (Source)
I had a baby two months ago. About two weeks ago, my husband had to go out of town for a few days, so his mother came to stay with the baby and me. One night I heard the baby crying, and heard my MIL go to him. I thought she was going to bring him to me to nurse so I stayed in bed for a while. When she didn't bring him, I figured she was just rocking him back to sleep and went to see if she needed anything, like a bottle from the fridge. When I entered the room I saw her holding my son to her breast, letting him suckle. I was (and am) livid. I took my son back to my room and told her she had to leave first thing in the morning. I want to call the police, but my husband thinks that would be taking things too far. We're at an impasse. Should we call the police? I'm hesitant to let her near my son again.
Prudence proceeded to provide unbiased advice, stating that there could be other issues here and that her husband should "have a serious conversation" with his mother. If this was me, I would've thrown her out. No ifs, ands, or buts.
What would you do?
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