March 13, 2019
A first-time mom was furious when her nanny fed her newborn formula against her wishes and is suing for damages.
Being a firm believer in doing things the natural way, Lynn Wojton preferred nursing her firstborn, but her nanny thought of her own needs instead of what Lynn wanted for her baby.
According to Lynn, her daughter’s caretaker at the time, Marcia Chase-Marshall gave her newborn daughter formula instead of waking Lynn up to nurse.
According to the suit Lynn filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, Marcia woke Lynn up for the first two nights whenever her baby needed milk, even then, Marcia’s demeanor was anything but supportive.
On the third night, Marcia didn’t wake Lynn up to feed her daughter at all. She later relented that waking Lynn up and going through the process of feeding took a while, and she wanted more sleep, so she gave the baby formula instead.
The 37-year-old mother was furious and told The Post:
“I was very upset. This is not what I wanted — this is not what I want — for my baby. I cried for an hour, honestly.”
Marcia slept in the room with Lynn since she returned home with her newborn daughter from Mount Sinai Hospital in September last year and defied her instructions. But Marcia’s behavior towards Lynn didn’t help the situation either, her criticism and disrespect towards Lynn had run its course as she added:
“Your instincts do kick in. It was the last straw, the way she was behaving and the way she was speaking to me. If I didn’t change the diaper the way she thought was best, she would criticize me the whole time. It makes you second-guess yourself. You’re a new mother, and this is all very new.”
When The Post called Marcia, who Lynn paid $4,200 as her daughter’s caretaker, to hear her side of the story she said, “I have nothing to say,” before she hung up the phone. Following the confrontation, Macia left and never returned.
Lynn, the owner of a cosmetic nursing practice handled the situation carefully as her lawyer Brett Gallaway said:
“Lynn obviously didn’t want to cross a stranger who had direct access to her baby, to her home and belongings at such an important and potentially volatile time.”
But it's six months and a new caretaker down the line, as little Wilder celebrated her six month birthday on Saturday. In compensation, Lynn seeks a minimum of $10,000.
Another nursing mother decided to sue late last year but for another reason entirely. 30-year-old Sadie Durbin dined at Texas Roadhouse in Louisville on November 15, 2018, with her family when the incident occurred.
Her daughter, seven weeks old at the time, got hungry while they were at the restaurant, so Sadie breastfed her at the table. Before long a manager came along with a napkin and put it over her baby’s head while he asked her to cover up.
The manager told her that he received complaints and asked that she cover up; he knew she had full right to nurse in public if she wanted to but still asked. Sadie refused and felt like her rights got violated.
When she didn’t receive the apology from the restaurant she wanted, she decided to sue the steakhouse franchise and tell her story to make others more aware, especially new mothers.
On that front, Kate Hudson is definitely doing her part as she posted a picture of her nursing her little one at work. And the comments streamed in.