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Challenges of custody and breastfeeding

During your divorce, you and your baby’s father have a number of hurdles to clear while creating a Michigan parenting plan. The court will want to know that you came up with an agreement that puts your child’s best interests first. However, what these are is somewhat open to the interpretation of the judge, and if you are still breastfeeding, you may worry that this will not be as much of a priority to others. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often represent parents of infants in preserving this important activity.

The time period when you are nursing your infant is temporary, but it is still important to include the information in your parenting plan and work for a compromise that allows you this option, according to CustodyXChange. Although breastfeeding provides many opportunities for you to share a close bond with your child, frequent, regular visits with the father are important for your child’s emotional and mental development, too.

You and the father should attempt to work out a schedule that allows him to be there on occasions when your child goes to sleep and wakes up, such as naptimes, if overnight visits are not possible yet. Ideally, he should also be able to spend time feeding, soothing and playing with the child.

Some parents find that three- to five-hour visits every other day provide a healthy beginning for father-infant visitation. However, work and other factors unique to your situation will need to be accounted for as the two of you negotiate the schedule. More information about parenting plans is available on our web page.

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