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An inmate who is suing the state prison system because she hasn’t been allowed to breast-feed her baby secured a restraining order late Friday that allows her to feed her child and have access to an electronic breast pump.
Inmate Monique Hidalgo, in prison in Grants since September 2016 after multiple probation violations in a drug case, filed suit against the Department of Corrections, its officials and two guards on Thursday. The lawsuit says orders from her doctor and her baby’s physician team say Hidalgo should breast-feed the child to help her recover from being born addicted to opioids. Hidalgo received treatments with methadone, an opioid, in prison, according to her physicians referenced in the suit.
Hidalgo, from Albuquerque, gave birth to a girl at the University of New Mexico Hospital on May 22.