http://www.amormaternal.com/2011/06/please-help-habiba.html On May 31st, a Morrocan mother known as Habiba had her child taken away from her without her consent, allegedly because she breastfed her child on demand. Due to her dire financial situation, Habiba had been living with her 15 month old daughter in a women's shelter in Madrid (Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia- IMMF-, which roughly translates to Madrid's Family and Children's Institute). Dr. Olza, the psychiatrist who evaluated Habiba, as well as a psychologist, whose name has not yet been released coincide in their impressions on Habiba: "I'm under the impression that [Habiba] is a sensible and loving mother, with a healthy attachment to her child." "It is obvious that this separation is highly stressful for the nursling and I can easily predict oncoming symptoms of psychic distress if the physical and emotional bond with her mother is not immediately restored." According to declarations in the newspaper, allegedly coming on behalf of the IMMF, the reason for separating mother and child has nothing to do with their breastfeeding relationship, yet after saying that the child was removed from her mother's care "temporarily and the case would be reevaluated", they warned Habiba beforehand that nursing her child during their one hour weekly visit was absolutely forbidden supposedly because "it would be contrary to the child's institutionalization". Thus the IMMF's attitude on breastfeeding, and their opinion on it, calling it "chaotic and damaging to children" has caused great alarm among mothers everywhere, not only the breastfeeding community. If you are as outraged about this as I am, here is a petition asking to immediately reunite Habiba and Alma: http://www.change.org/petitions/worldwide-mothers-support-habiba-immf-give-her-baby-back Facebook also has a page: http://www.facebook.com/WeAreAllHabiba#!/WeAreAllHabiba?sk=wall UPDATE: They have been reunited! http://www.amormaternal.com/2011/06/habiba-and-alma-together-hugging-and.html Apparently Habiba has agreed to counseling thru IMMF, which is not a positive IMO, but for now mother and baby are together.