Breast cancer survivor brings sign to hospital to say she won't breastfeed

  • 22/10/2018

A US woman has inspired others with a sign she took to hospital to give birth to her daughter explaining why she won't be breastfeeding.

Meghan Koziel had a double mastectomy and reconstruction due to breast cancer in 2015 and physically can't breastfeed. She made the bright pink sign to warn people around her not to ask about it while she was in hospital to give birth.

"Though breastfeeding is a very special task, please be aware before you ask, our miracle baby will be formula fed, and it will not affect her future ahead," the sign said.

Ms Koziel had also added text around the poem that said "no breastfeeding zone, this mommy is a survivor".

She explained the sign a bit more on her Instagram post, telling her 18,000 followers that she had made it herself.

"We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the houseeeee!" she said.

"Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are NOT going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy.

"Yes I have foobs [fake boobs], no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore... my body is incapable of breastfeeding :) -sign was made by me!"

Ms Koziel's daughter Kendra was born on September 15 weighing 3.03kg and spent roughly four days in neonatal care before they were able to leave.

During her stay Ms Koziel continued to post photos of the baby, including her being bottle fed formula.

Another photo posted in early October showed Kendra attempting to latch next to Ms Koziel's mastectomy scar.