Mom says gym employee gave baby wrong breast milk

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A mother says a gym employee gave her baby someone else's breast milk. (WLS)

A Vancouver, Washington, mother says she is shaken after an employee at her gym gave her baby someone else's breast milk.

The woman says an employee at the gym admitted Monday she mistakenly gave her son someone else's breast milk, KATU-TV reports.

New mother Tyler Treasure said she can't imagine anything happening to her baby boy, Hunter.

But Treasure has a new worry after what she says happened during her workout.

"They were feeding my son," Treasure said. "And I was like, 'That's not his bottle.' And they were like, 'Oh, it's not. And I was like, 'No.' And I was like, 'Is that breastmilk?' And she was like, 'Yeah.' She looked at the other worker that I dropped him off with and told her he didn't have a bottle, and she kinda shrugged her shoulders like she didn't know what to say."

Treasure's been taking her 4-month-old to the gym for the past few weeks. She says she specifically told the employee that she did not bring a bottle for him and that if he got fussy, to call her.

But Treasure says that didn't happen.

"I felt really hurt and betrayed. I work at a daycare, so I know the laws about that, especially breastmilk. It's supposed to be labeled, and it wasn't," Treasure said.

She says the woman apologized and said the breastmilk was given to her son by accident.

"I want my son to be tested. I want them to test the mother and make sure everything, my son doesn't have any diseases, and that she's not on drugs, drugs or alcohol, because any of that would have been transferred to my son," Treasure said.

The manager at the gym had no comment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control says the risk of contracting more serious viruses like HIV or hepatitis through breast milk is low, but a baby can still be vulnerable to bacterial infections and other viruses.

"He's really healthy. I would hate to see something happen to him because of a stupid mistake that could have easily been prevented," Treasure said.

Treasure said she's already made an appointment for her son, and she hopes this doesn't happen to anyone else.
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