Florida hospital mistakenly let wrong mother breastfeed newborn, patient says

A patient at Orange Park (Fla.) Medical Center said her newborn was mistakenly given to a different mother for breastfeeding hours after she gave birth, WJXT reports.

The patient, Joii Brown, said the nurses told her it was a mistake. The nurses took Ms. Brown's son to get circumcised, which typically takes 30 minutes. Ms. Brown said she knew something was strange when the nurses didn't return until an hour and a half later. 

"These two nurses walked in and they said that they took my child in another girl's room and they mistakenly thought that was her child and not mine and she ended up breastfeeding him for two minutes," Ms. Brown said.

Hospital staff told Ms. Brown they failed to look at her son's wristband to see whose child he was. The hospital immediately ran tests on her son, she said.

"The hospital will do everything we can to follow the family's wishes and support the family," hospital officials told WJXT.

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