When Breast-Feeding Fails

Low-milk syndrome poses a rare but frightening risk

At 6 lbs. 5 oz., Bradley Erwin looked like a healthy baby when he was born last March. He just didn't seem to get the hang of breast-feeding. His mother Kimberly, 38, a medical technician, tried to nurse him. "He would bob his head, root and try to latch on, but he wasn't getting anywhere," she recalls. "Everybody kept saying, 'Don't worry. Don't worry."' It was bad advice. When the infant was 12 days old, his parents rushed him to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. His breathing was shallow; his eyes had rolled back. "I was frantic because I could see...

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