RIDGEWOOD — A North Jersey mother who said she given the wrong baby for breast feeding hours after birth is suing the hospital because they didn't properly check the identity bracelet.

NBC 4 New York reported that Melissa Richman, 39 of Ridgewood, began to breast feed the infant girl she thought was hers. Twenty minutes later, a nurse told her there had been a "terrible mistake" — the baby belonged to different mother.

A message left for Valley Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Curran has not yet been returned.

Melissa and her husband David were not only concerned about their own daughter not getting colostrum — the milk produced by a pregnant woman's breasts — but concerned about the effect Melissa's breast milk will have on the other baby, because their medical record does not mention the mix up.

Colostrum is a healthy breast milk that gives infants nutrients immediately after birth. Their own daughter was disappointed that there was nothing left for her, the report said.

 

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