Nursing mother sues nanny for $10,000 because ‘she gave her infant daughter baby formula instead of waking her up in the middle of the night to breastfeed’
- Lynn Wojton is a registered cosmetic nurse living in New York City
- In September, she gave birth to daughter, Wilder
- After bringing Wilder home, she breastfed the baby the first two nights
- But on the third night, the doula, Marcia Chase-Marshall, allegedly fed the child baby formula
- Doula was supposed to wake up Wojton in the middle of the night for nursing
- Wojton says doula acknowledged giving formula because she was too tired to wake up the mother
A New York City woman is suing her doula for $10,000 for allegedly forcing her newborn baby to eat formula instead of breast milk.
Lynn Wojton, a resident of Manhattan who had recently given birth, wanted to nurse her child because she thought it was healthier.
But her nanny, Marcia Chase-Marshall, allegedly had other ideas.
Chase-Marshall is being accused by Wojton of sneaking baby formula to the infant while her mother slept, according to the New York Post.
The caretaker allegedly preferred formula because having Wojton breastfeed her baby was a longer process that required more energy, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Lynn Wojton (seen above), a resident of Manhattan who had recently given birth, wanted to nurse her child because she thought it was healthier. But her nanny, Marcia Chase-Marshall, allegedly had other ideas
Wojton gave birth to a daughter, Wilder, at Mount Sinai Hospital this past September, the Post reported.
For the first two nights after she brought her baby home to their Union Square apartment, Wojton nursed the infant.
According to the lawsuit, Chase-Marshall slept in the same room as Wilder.
When the baby needed milk, Chase-Marshall would wake up Wojton.
On the third night, however, the nanny admitted to Wojton, a registered nurse, that instead of waking her up, she fed Wilder baby formula.
‘I was very upset,’ Wojton, 37, told the Post.
‘This is not what I wanted – this is not what I want – for my baby.
‘I cried for an hour, honestly.’
Wojton claims that Chase-Marshall deliberately ignored her instructions because the nanny believed that baby formula was better.
But Chase-Marshall allegedly admitted later on that the real reason she gave Wilder formula was because it was less of a hassle and she wanted to sleep.
The nanny declined to comment to the Post.
Wojton says she paid the doula $4,200 before confronting her about the formula.
At that point, Chase-Marshall bolted the apartment.
Chase-Marshall allegedly admitted to giving Wojton’s infant daughter, Wilder, baby formula because she wanted to sleep more and not go through the hassle of waking the mother up in the middle of the night to nurse. The above image is a stock photo
‘Your instincts do kick in,’ Wojton said.
‘It was the last straw, the way she was behaving and the way she was speaking to me.’
Wojton says she resented Chase-Marshall because the doula was overcritical of her as a mother.
‘If I didn’t change the diaper the way she thought was best, she would criticize me the whole time,’ Wojton said.
‘It makes you second-guess yourself. You’re a new mother and this is all very new.’
Wojton says she has a new nanny with whom she is happy.