A LLL friend of mine is struggling with depression. She has been in counciling and was even on an anti-depressant for awhile, but weaned off several months ago. Monday, she had an "attack" where she felt suicidal. She responded by calling her councilor who recommended she go to a Pschciatrist. She caled to make the appointment but they could not get her in for three weeks. Her counsilor recommended that she go to the ER to get a prescription anti-depressant since she could not be seen. My friend thought this seemed an odd way to go about this, but the counsilor reassured her that it would be fine.
She was admitted to an inpatient facility and now they are refusing to let her have access to her 18 month old baby who still nurses a couple times during the day and every three hours at night. They told her that if she refussed the treatment that she would be court ordered to attend and that the refussal of treatment would be documented against her.
Her husband has had to take off work to take care of the two children (4 yo, 18 month old). Last night the baby screamed all night long, signing "Milk, Milk!" He did the best he could but...
She has a lactina pump, but is not letting down -- she is so upset! (Did I mention that she is in a room that she shares with all the women in the facility?)
Can anyone inform me of her legal rights? Does she have a right to nurse her baby? She lives in The United States in Oklahoma. I have contacted lactation consultants and they are hesitant to get involved.