A NSW hospital is underfire after a recent mixup of two newborn girls.

Gosford Hospital mixed up the indentities of two newborns, after their mothers who shared a hospital room, agreed to their little ones being taken to the nursery while they rested on August 18.

One mum then proceeded to breastfeed baby girl, Ellie, who was returned to her, unknowing that her own daughter actually remained in the hospital nursery.

A midwife broke the news to Ellie’s mother, Stefanie Phillips, who was devastated to discover her newborn had been breastfed by a stranger.

“[I was told] the other mother has breastfed your daughter for two hours and got photos with her … skin-on-skin, did everything I wanted to do with her,” Ms Phillips told Seven News.

“I was very overwhelmed, I had just become a new mum. I didn’t know what to say in that situation,” she said.

North Shore Private confirmed a similar mix up occurred earlier this year at the Sydney hospital.

Not quite sure I would know what to say or do in this situation either. It’s a terrible mixup that should never occur! Certainly makes you think twice about letting your baby out of your sight.

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  • Oh dear. I kept my baby in the crib beside me and I only stayed in for 24hrs or less so i guess there was no risk of this happening to me.


  • Not good at all, they really need to be displaying better attention skills.


  • That makes me feel ill!!


  • I always keep my baby close by for this reason, it could easily happen as people make mistakes even in hospitals


  • I wouldn’t know what to do in that situation either. I never let any of our babies out if my site while in hospital and if they had to be taken for check up I would make hubby go with the docs.


  • What a horrible experience; one that should have never occurred in the first place!


  • Oh how horrible for all involved – newborns are so very precious – how could the hospital get to so wrong! These kinds of mistakes cannot be undone and are remembered forever.


  • That is really sickening! I would be horrified if my baby had been breastfed by another woman, one I had no idea about. I hope protocols are put in place so it doesn’t happen again


  • Its hard to believe this sort of thing still happens in 2015.


  • If they mixed those babies up for feeding, then how alarming would it be that they could mix up babies on leaving the hospital. You need to be alert to your baby and what they look like and check tags for ID. It’s a scary thought.


  • This happened with my husband he was given to another mother to feed and she did and her son given to my husbands mother we said this is not my baby we still talk about this all these years later


  • 34 or so yrs ago it was common practice for nursing staff to ask mothers with an abundance of milk to express or feed bubs that had mums with little or were having trouble with milk etc. also they used to bring bub in to sleep with mum if they were particularly unsettled..and in years way back we had wet nurses. . oh how things have changed and I feel in a good way. It is just so important to protect ourselves and our family and the risk of HIV etc is always a possibility.
    This should have never happened and I feel for the moms and their family, its simple really put a band on bub that matches mums as soon as bub is delivered and bands are checked when bubs are returned to mum.


  • Terrible situation for both mums. Personally I never had my first and third children go to the nursery or anywhere else when I wasn’t with them.
    My second baby was in special care nursery for over a week though and I had to leave her to sleep and eat etc.
    I could only breastfeed (or initially syringe feed) her in the nursery though and while there were a couple of other babies in the nursery too at the time, I never mixed up which baby was mine. And neither did the nurses.

    This hospital needs to review its procedures regarding checking babies and mothers IDs, especially as the article says it happened a year or so ago before too


  • Scary to think it still happens these days. I can understand the babys ID bracelets falling off because they tend to be loose anyway, plus the baby generally loses weight since birth. But still, I would not be happy if it happened to me.
    Imagine if one of the mothers was to be discharged that day and took the wrong baby home.


  • I don’t know how this happens but it does— human error. If the babies id is checked every time before it goes out to mum it wont happen. As long as the mum who accidentally breast fed your daughter was healthy no harm would have been done. She would feel awful about it too. I really feel for both mums. I was on duty in the post natal section at work one night and just about to finish my shift when one of my mums said she could not find one of her baby’s I.D. bracelets! I said just sit tight and I will report it to the sister in charge. She [ the sister in charge ] ] was not too pleased nevertheless every baby’s id was double checked and after a very extensive search the missing bracelet was found under the bed of the mum whose bub had the missing bracelet. Well we all had a bit of a chuckle after that but strict protocol was observed and that is the moral of this little diatribe of mine. All mums should just do a quick check to see if they have the correct baby. Years ago 2 babies had the wrong is put on them at birth. I think that happened overseas. Now that would be a whole different kettle of fish!


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