NM inmate obtains restraining order to breastfeed baby in prison

The Associated Press
June 17, 2017 07:28 PM

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico inmate who is suing the state prison system because she hasn't been allowed to breastfeed 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 breastfeed 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.

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