California Hall of SHAME!, page 3

(Last updated September 1, 2005)

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Patty Campbell - Turlock, California

"I was called to serve jury duty in Stanislaus county when my son was just nine months old. I was told that I either had to serve at that point or I could re-schedule until he was a year old. Because of circumstances out of my control, I made the decision to serve at that time and it was very difficult for us."

 

Colleen McPeel-Bechtold - Belmont, California

"Last year I received a jury duty summons and I sent it back saying I could not serve because I was breastfeeding my baby. I was not excused because breastfeeding my infant was considered a personal inconvenience. Personally I have never considered feeding my three children as a personal inconvenience. When I received my summons my baby was 8 months old, he had never received a bottle and at that time was eating very little solid food. He had never been away from me for more than two hours. I was so worried when I received the letter back from the Jury Duty office. Unfortunately my baby also has a very serious disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and he had received chemotherapy for 41/2 months during his 8 months of life. Breastmilk was the one thing I could give him which helped him feel better. Since he had been so sick and been in the hospital care at Children's Hospital at Stanford I was completely distressed about what I was going to do. I called a friend of mine who is a lawyer and she suggested I ask Stanford Hospital to state my baby could not be separated from me because of his illness. Luckily I received a one year deferral, now I am worried what I will do if I get called again. It has been one year and he still breastfeeds a lot. Currently his disease is in remission and I plan to breastfeed him until he is two incase he requires more chemo if his disease returns."

These stories are from : alt.support.breastfeeding newsgroup dated 3/25/2000

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