Medical Controversies: Kathy

Medical Controversies: Kathy
Dr. Phil answers a letter from a new mother who's baby was switched at birth.One distressed new mother writes:

Dear Dr. Phil,

Two months ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The birth and the hospital stay went great until the day I was supposed to go home. The nurse came into my room and informed me that my two-day-old daughter was involved in a baby mix-up and was breastfed by another mother. My daughter is fine right now, but has to be tested every three months for HIV and other infectious diseases that could have been passed through the woman's breast milk. Even after two months, this still upsets me. Dr. Phil, how do I overcome the emotions I have of my daughter being breastfed by another woman?
Thank you,
Dr. Phil replies, "Obviously, you're going to be upset about that, Kathy, I understand that. What you have to do is recognize that what happened, happened. There's nothing you can do to change that at this point ... What we do know is that the chance of transmission of HIV, if someone else had it, through breast milk is usually less than 14 percent."

He suggests that Kathy view her experience as an alternate milk source for her daughter. "There was a time in a lot of villages in the world where that was done routinely in order to provide the nourishment," Dr. Phil explains. "What we do know right now is that your baby is fine. You're seeing no complications, you're seeing no problems. And at this point, there's probably more risk of a stressed out mom having an adverse affect on the baby by being freaked out about it than the risk of some kind of disease transmission."

Emphasizing that he doesn't want to minimize her concerns, Dr. Phil says, "Focus on what you have, which is a healthy, thriving disease-free baby, and we'll all pray that it stays that way."