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Report: New mom denied pumping milk behind bars to breastfeed baby

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A new mother who spent a week in jail now says she cannot breastfeed her baby, because she was not allowed to pump milk while behind bars.

27-year-old Britney Weber tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette her four-week-old daughter has digestive problems due to her lack of breastfeeding ability.

She blames staff members at the Brown County Jail for not letting her pump milk while she was jailed on contempt of court charges for a traffic case.

The jail lets female inmates express milk when a doctor or nurse considers it medically necessary.

Sheriff John Gossage said he could not comment on Weber's exact case due to medical privacy laws. But he told the Press-Gazette that people forfeit some of their privileges when they're in jail.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)