A mother is suing her nanny after she fed her baby formula instead of waking her to breastfeed the newborn infant.

Lynn Wojton preferred nursing her infant daughter, believing that was the best thing for her new baby.

Nanny, Marcia Chase-Marshall allegedly fed the baby formula while Ms Wojton slept because she was tired and didn’t want to assist the first-time mum with the longer process of breastfeeding, court papers allege.

The new mum breastfed her daughter on the first two nights after returning home with the child from Mount Sinai Hospital in September, according to Ms Wojton’s suit in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Ms Chase-Marshall slept in the same room as Baby Wilder and would wake up Ms Wojton, a registered nurse, whenever the baby needed milk, the suit says.

But after the caretaker didn’t wake up Ms Wojton on the third night, Ms Chase-Marshall allegedly ’fessed up to feeding the baby formula, papers claim.

“I was very upset,” Ms Wojton, 37, told The NY Post. “This is not what I wanted — this is not what I want — for my baby.

“I cried for an hour, honestly.”

Ms Chase-Marshall initially said she’d defied Ms Wojton’s instructions because she thought formula was best for the baby, the mother claims.

But she then admitted she gave the girl formula instead because it was less work and she wanted extra sleep, according to the suit.

“I have nothing to say,” Ms Chase-Marshall told The NY Post in a phone call before hanging up.

Ms Wojton, who paid the doula $4,200, says Ms Chase-Marshall bolted after the confrontation.

“Your instincts do kick in,” the new mum said. “It was the last straw, the way she was behaving and the way she was speaking to me.”

She said she had faced off with Ms Chase-Marshall on everything from changing baby Wilder’s diapers to bathing the baby.

“If I didn’t change the diaper the way she thought was best, she would criticize me the whole time,” Ms Wojton said. “It makes you second-guess yourself. You’re a new mother and this is all very new.”

“Lynn obviously didn’t want to cross a stranger who had direct access to her baby, to her home and belongings at such an important and potentially volatile time,” said her lawyer Brett Gallaway.

“I’m in a good place now, but I still get upset,” Ms Wojton said.

She’s seeking at least $10,000 in damages.


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  • Some things just don’t add up. Formula in house despite not wanting to do bottle, if she slept with the baby why did she need to be woke up by someone else.
    And a nanny is there to help, so yes she is going to do it her way, change the nappy etc. If the mother wanted it a particular way then why didn’t she do it herself?
    Suing for 10,000? That poor baby.


  • This is a bit ridiculous. Food is food


  • This sounds extreme reaction to Sue the nanny. I agree if she fed the baby formula as it was less work & quicker then yes absolutely I’d be pissed & the nanny would be sacked. But only mums side of story here & it doesn’t all add up. Best for both to be on their seperate ways anyway!


  • As if people are excusing this by saying she should have expressed. People hire night nannies to help them in the early days, the woman was hired to do a job and she is an idiot for taking the job if she wasn’t up for it. I would be so pissed.


  • Why didn’t she just express her milk then there wouldn’t have been any issue. Why did she need a Nanny sleeping in her room with the baby? She gives me the feeling she just wants to get some easy money.


  • Seriously I think there is more to the story here. Seems we have only heard the mums side rather than each side. If she was so adamant about breastfeeding then maybe she should of expressed before she slept.
    As long as your baby is fed diesel it matter?


  • I think the mother has taken things a bit too far. Fair enough, she was upset about it, but this all abit far fetched.


  • I can understand the mother being upset, especially being a first time mum. But honestly it is a bit lazy having a nanny in the first place. Everyone else has to just manage.


  • Wow, this is not okay. Regardless of there being formula in the house, etc. (we all do what we can and need to get by, and maybe the Doula suggested it), it was not okay for her to manage things that way. Very upsetting, clearly.


  • Why didn’t she get up to breastfeed her baby when it cried?? Why was there formula in the house??


  • Something doesn’t sound right with this. Why was the baby formula in the house? If you sleep in the same room as your baby, why didn’t you wake when it cried?

    • I thought the same thing, bit odd this one. Most likely more to this story.


  • what was the point of having formula in the house then??


  • Why did they have formula in the first place if she didn’t want to use it?


  • This was very poor behaviour from the nanny, whatever her reasons.,


  • The nanny was way out of line but the mum needed to give her the sack before it ever got to this. She had issues with her before this happened so she needs to take some responsibility. I hope it gets thrown out of court.


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