Mother Speaks Out After Breastfeeding Her Baby And Not Realizing He Was Starving To Death

May 21, 2017
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Jillian and Jarod Johnson welcomed the birth of their son Landon, 5 years ago. Sadly, the baby died when he was a few days old, due to dehydration.

When he was born, Landon weighed a very healthy 3.3kg but was put under heavy medication because of the emergency c-section.

All went well and Landon was ready to go home with his mom and dad. The doctor instructed Jillian to exclusively breastfeed her baby.

“Unless you’d had a breast augmentation or cancer or some serious medical reason as to why you couldn’t breastfeed, your baby would not be given formula unless a prescription was written by the pediatrician,” Jillian said.

Jillian did what the doctor told her but noticed that Landon still cried despite sucking for hours.

When I asked them (nurses) why he was always on my breast, I was told it was because he was ‘cluster feeding,” she recalled.

When Landon was taken home, she noticed that he lost at least 9.7% of his body weight. Concerned, she went back to the hospital and the doctors didn’t give her any other instructions, other than to continue to breastfeed the little boy.

About 12 hours later, Landon died due to cardiac arrest from dehydration.

Jillian actually had no idea that Landon was starving to death since she wasn’t able to produce enough milk.

Jillian warned other mothers by saying: “The best advice I was given by one of his NICU doctors while he was on life support is sure breast is best, but follow with the bottle.

This way you know your baby has eaten enough….if only I could go back in time.

We hope that by spreading the knowledge we’ve learned that we can help prevent any other family from losing their child to something that is 100 percent preventable.”

Sometimes Mom’s just have a gut feeling that something is wrong. What do you think, should Mom’s always only listen to doctors? Or should Moms always trust their instincts?

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