A grieving husband who just lost his wife has taken to Reddit to share his confusion as his mother-in-law keeps on trying to breastfeed his baby.
In a viral post, the man explained that his wife died only minutes after giving birth to their baby girl.
He said that he decided to take a leave from work after his baby’s birth and that his mother-in-law planned to hire a nanny for his baby when once he returned to his job.
“She offered to do it (take care of the baby) for free,” the father wrote on popular sub-Reddit Am I The A**hole forum.
“I told her she’s free to come by anytime during the day if she feels uncomfortable with a nanny looking after (the baby) but she insisted on doing it herself,” he said, adding that he gave her mother-in-law a copy of keys to his house.
Everything seemed to be going well for the first several weeks. However, he started to notice that the can of baby formula he was using was still almost full.
When he asked his mother-in-law about the milk, she said that she had been breastfeeding the child.
“At first I thought she was joking then I realized she wasn’t. She said (the baby) needs to latch for a few minutes everyday to ‘activate’ her milk production,” he expressed.
Even though he understood that his mother-in-law was also grieving, he was left furious and told her that she had to stop what she was doing.
“She said she will but I caught her again when I walked in my daughter’s room and she was forcing (the baby) to latch. I confronted her and told her she’s no longer my baby’s nanny.”
The father then hired a nanny for his baby but his mother-in-law fired her behind his back.
“She came in my house using her key and fired my nanny. I was about to call her when she showed up and said a convoluted story like how I hired an incompetent nanny, etc. etc,” he continued.
“I told her to leave but she refused and told me she’s calling CPS because I am endangering my child. We argued back and forth before I called the police and she was charged with trespassing.”
The father said that his family were shocked by his decision to call the police on his mother-in-law, but people on Reddit sided with him.
One person wrote: “She was starving the child in addition to it because MIL wasn’t feeding formula. Let MIL call CPS. She’s the one who’ll end up with charges, not OP. Grief does not make someone starve a child. Press charges, and change the locks in case she made copies of the house key.”
Another said: “Her trying to breastfeed your daughter without your permission is gross and completely wrong. Beyond that she FIRED YOUR NANNY? I’d ask for your key back and set some serious boundaries.”
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