‘It’s important to look at the baby and not the clock’

Breastfeeding mom Jillian Johnson lost her son Landon due to accidental starvation just 19 days after giving birth because he did not get enough colostrum (a mother’s early milk) in the first days of life.

Johnson said she felt pressured to exclusively breastfeed her baby, and she says she was unaware that he became malnourished. Landon went into cardiac arrest from dehydration just 12 hours after being discharged from the hospital, and died 15 days later.

For any breastfeeding mothers, Johnson’s heartbreaking story can be alarming, but infant death from dehydration is rare.