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Infant’s Death Raises Question Of Baby Friendly Hospital Risks

picture of infant Jacob before his death at 10 days old.

Monica Thompson experienced unimaginable tragedy—the accidental death of her newborn son—and now she’s filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against the Portland, Oregon, hospital where this took place, putting into question whether the hospital is at fault for promoting breastfeeding at the expense of other safety precautions.

In the lawsuit, Thompson claims a nurse brought her 4-day-old son to breastfeed unsupervised while she was “heavily medicated” on a combination of narcotics and sleep aids, according to People. An hour later, after Thompson woke up, she noticed her son was unresponsive.

“Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotic and sleep aids,” the complaint says. “His inability to breath [sic] caused desperation and anxiety. His breathing eventually…

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