Dora Yoder nursed her infant son at 2:00 a.m. however, later that morning, she could not wake him up. The infant’s death, initially thought to be caused by SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), later aroused suspicion from homicide detectives.Â Dr. Carmen Puliafito, a former Medical School Dean, contacted the authorities to report the baby’s non-responsiveness as opposed to the baby’s parents.
It took almost three years for authorities to determine that Baby Yoder died from drinking the amphetamine-infested breastmilk of his mother. Dora Yoder allegedly received money to purchase drugs from Dr. Carmen Puliafito.
Puliafito was a Harvard-educated ophthalmologist who also held an MBA from Wharton’s School of Business and worked at USC Med School from 2007 to 2016; however, his erratic behavior reported by his colleaguesÂ resulted in terminationÂ from his prestigious job as the Dean of Admission.
Although the court of public opinion could write volumes about Puliafito’s unprofessional behavior that contributed to Dora Yoder’s drug addiction, the more critical message involves theÂ dangers of breastfeedingÂ a newborn baby by an opioid-addicted mother. The National Institute of Health reports that there are severe consequences for your newborn baby if you breastfeed while using substances such as heroin, opioids, methamphetamine, smoke cigarettes, or drink alcohol.
If you struggle with substance addiction, there’s help. Contact theÂ SAMHSAÂ (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association) national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
All babies’ lives are sacred, especially yours.
Follow Dr. Linda onÂ FacebookÂ | Order your copy ofÂ The Smart Motherâ€™s Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to Minimize Risks, Avoid Complications, and Have a Healthy BabyÂ | Dr. Linda is a board certified Ob/Gyn and an expert in the area of pre-eclampsia and high-risk pregnancies.Â Contact Dr. LindaÂ about an appearance at your next event or media placement opportunities.
Copyright thesmartmothersguide.com. Duplicating this content in entirety without written permission is expressly forbidden.