"To whom it may concern:
I received my first jury summons in my first trimester of pregnancy while on modified bed rest. I replied to the letter, and they granted a deferral. I got my second summons when the baby was less than 2 weeks old. They granted another referral, but only until May. (Baby was born at the very end of November). I called and was then told I was out of deferrals and had no choice but to appear. I explained that I would still be exclusively breastfeeding, and baby would be under six months old. She told me that she was sorry, the issue was out of her control and I had no other options. She told me I have to show up on the day, and speak with the judge, and the judge would "likely" excuse me. I asked if I could bring my infant son with me, since he cannot be away from me. She said no, and if I did I could be charged with contempt. I asked what would happen if I don't go and she said I would be charged with a misdemeanor.
I just received my new summons last week. The baby will be 5 1/2 months old on the day I am supposed to report. Even if I were to go in and speak with the judge, it will still take several hours of being away from the baby. He has never had pumped milk, formula, or even a pacifier. He is 100% exclusively breastfed. My body doesnt respond well to pumping, and I get next to no milk out. He eats every 2 hours, often times more (even at night). Thats way too long for him to go without nursing. I am in no way trying to "get out" of anything. I will gladly do my civic duties. I just don't think it is right to put me in a position to have to choose to do my civic duties, be charged/treated as a criminal OR care for my infant son. I will not be breast feeding forever, and will report for jury duty with bells on when it does not interfere with the well being of my children.
Thank you so much for your time.