New Mexico inmate sues state for right to breast-feed

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 17:46:02-04

A New Mexico inmate who is suing the state prison system because she hasn't been allowed to breast-feed her baby has secured a restraining order allowing her to do so.

   The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) Monique Hidalgo filed suit against the Department of Corrections, its officials and two guards on Thursday.

   Hidalgo has been in prison since September 2016 after multiple probation violations in a drug case.

   The lawsuit states orders from Hidalgo's doctor and her baby's physician team say she should breast-feed her daughter to help her recover from being born addicted to opioids.

   Hidalgo gave birth to a girl at the University of New Mexico Hospital on May 22. But when she returned to prison on June 8, she was no longer allowed to breast-feed the infant during routine family visits.