One new mom is going viral after she put up a “No Breastfeeding Zone” poster inside of her delivery room after the birth of her baby daughter. Meghan Koziel was actually diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2015. She made the sign to stop doctors and other people from asking why the double mastectomy patient isn’t nursing her child.
“NO BREASTFEEDING ZONE. Though breastfeeding is a very special task, please be aware before you ask. Our miracle baby will be formula fed, and it will not affect her future ahead. This mommy is a survivor.” the sign reads.
Koziel herself is actually a hospital employee and knows first hand the pain that a mother who can’t breastfeed her child may feel. She pointed out that often doctors may not read over a patient’s entire medical history. When a friend suggested that she use a sign, Koziel knew that this was the best way to avoid reliving the trauma of breast cancer for every person who walks into her hospital room.
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Attention please, attention please. We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the houseeeee! Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are NOT going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy. Yes I have foobs, no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore… my body is incapable of breastfeeding:) -sign was made by me!!!!!) 💕 thank u @japalelis for the inspiration! #breastcancer #pregnancy #thebump #bump #babybump #pregnant #survivor #thriver #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #pregnantafterchemo #pregnancydiary #pregnantbelly #photography #38weekspregnant #inducedlabor #laboranddelivery #formulafeeding #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmama #banner #breastfeedingbanner #nobreastfeeding @similac_us
A lot of hospital employees actually ended up loving Koziel’s sign and treated the whole thing as a learning experience. Koziel was still hit with advice she didn’t ask for after posting a picture explaining the sign to Instagram.
“I was then referred to local Facebook milk donation groups but was turned off because the milk has no way of being tested,” Koziel explained after noting that milk from her local bank can go for $3 -$5 (newborns can drink between 14 to 28 ounces per day). “Yes, breast milk is fabulous and filled with utmost nutrition… however, it can also carry disease! I am not willing to risk my daughter’s life simply to use breast milk when formula has been used for years and there is no known difference from a breastfed to formula fed baby.”