An infant is breastfed by her drunk mother at a bar.
As the debate over whether it's cool to breastfeed in public rages on, one thing is indisputable: Getting tanked while breastfeeding probably isn't cool.
A new mom allegedly brought her seven-week-old daughter to a Connecticut bar and proceeded to breastfeed the baby while getting tanked. Cops say Allanah Earley, 36, of Durham was binge drinking at an unnamed bar Friday and then wandered out into the cold with the infant. Concerned customers immediately called the police.
Police say a drunken Earley ended up at a friend's house, where she continued to drink while breastfeeding. According to police reports her speech was slurred and she could barely stand up.
And what's up with a bar that kept serving the mother?? She admitted that she threw back roughly seven drinks! Richard Kline, a bartender at the famous Blue Room in Burbank, Ca. wonders what she was doing in a bar with a baby in the first place. "Babies aren't allowed in bars." But even so, if infants were allowed to belly up to a bar Kline says he would never serve excess amounts of alcohol to a nursing mother. "I'd cut her off. On the first one."
Hmm, but isn't even ONE too much? We asked momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson if it's OK to partake when you're breastfeeding. She says that although the occasional drink is OK for a breastfeeding mom, she recommends the old "pump and dump the next feed," if you start feeling at all tipsy.
There is a product called Milkscreen that solves the problem for those moms who think breast is best, but still like a drink now and again. Each package comes with strips you dip into your milk (a breastalizer, if you will) to determine if it the alcohol content exceeds the safe .03 amount.
While this mom, who is being held on a $10,000 bond, is an extreme case, many of us are guilty of having a little swig during breasting.
What do you think? Is it OK to have a little nip when you're nursing your little nipper? Comment in the momlogic community.