Breastfeeding Under the Influence
June 25, 2009
Stacey Anvarinia, a mom in South Dakota, might be sentenced to five years in prison for breastfeeding while intoxicated. Police came to her house for an unrelated matter and noticed that she was drinking, and appeared drunk, while nursing. They called the local hospital to ask if this is unhealthy for a 6-week-old baby. (Duh. It is.) So the baby was taken out of her custody and yesterday she pled guilty to child neglect. The baby was technically put in danger, but do you think this constitutes child abuse? What’s your policy on drinking and nursing?