SDCBC to Proide Breast Pump to Woman in Military Jail

SDCBC to Proide Breast Pump to Woman in Military Jail

2013-12-09T06:44:38+00:00

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec 6, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:

NANCY E. WIGHT, M.D., IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

619-733-3047

wightsd@aol.com

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition to

provide woman in jail with breast pump

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC) will provide a breast pump to a woman who

is currently jailed and denied to her right to breastfeed with a hospital grade pump.

Kimberly Rivera, a young mother currently in the jail at Miramar Air Station in San Diego for

deserting the Army, gave birth to a little boy last month. Rivera’s incarceration prevents her from

breastfeeding her newborn. She is allowed to use a manual breast pump in the jail, but only three

times a day. She is scheduled to be released in January, but as the experts from SDCBC pointed

out, “Rivera’s milk supply will have dried up by then.”

Rivera’s situation was brought up to SDCBC’s board meeting on Thursday. The board agreed to

provide Rivera with a hospital grade pump and explain to Miramar Air Station the physiology of

milk supply.

SDCBC believes that breastfeeding is human right, and every woman, including every woman in

jail, deserves the right to breastfeed her baby. SDCBC is available to offer whatever help these

mothers need to breastfeed their baby, including providing an appropriate breast pump and

explaining the benefits of breastfeeding and the physiology of milk supply to officials.

About the Author:

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