Milk and Beer Do Not Mix
When I was a breastfeeding mother, I did not abstain from alcohol. I didn't party like a college kid, but I didn't deny myself the glass of wine or bottle of beer that I am known to enjoy a few times a week.
So where exactly is the line at which combining drinking and breastfeeding becomes a bad choice? Like pornography, I think I'd know it if I saw it, or came anywhere close to it. Certainly being drunk while breastfeeding is a bad, a stupid choice. But criminal?
I found a post today on a local parenting blog about a young mom who was arrested for drunken breastfeeding. She lost custody of her child.
Should she have lost her baby for this offense? Is it criminal or just bad parenting? Aren't we all guilty of bad parenting? I would never do what this woman did, but I've made plenty of bad choices as a mom.
Is it better to criminalize this woman? Or give her support, resources, options, directions, possibilities to make better choices?
Is that too bleeding heart liberal of me?
I may sound like I know exactly what I think of this question, but I really don't. I'm horrified by the visual picture I have of a drunken woman with a babe at her breast, disgusted really. Is it criminal?
Go read this post. Then come back. And tell me what you think.
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