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Charges dropped against mom arrested for breastfeeding and drinking

Charges Dropped Against Woman Arrested for Breastfeeding and Drinking

Should a mother be able to drink alcohol while breastfeeding her child? "Good Morning America" considered that question after a mom in Arkansas was arrested for doing just that.

Back in November, Tasha Adams stopped to have dinner and a few drinks with her parents.


'I had a beer and then I had another one later on.'

But that's not what off-duty server Jackie Conners says she saw. Conners said that Adams consumed 'drink after drink.'

'Just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that can't speak for itself having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable.'

Conners called police to report that Adams was drinking and breastfeeding, and officers arrived at the restaurant around 11 that evening.

'I didn't know that it was illegal,' Adams said.

Turns out- it isn't. Arkansas state law says nothing about the legality of drinking and breastfeeding. However, Adams was arrested and jailed for endangering the welfare of a child.

WebProNews reports that last week, the city attorney dropped the charge because there wasn't enough evidence to suggest Adams was too drunk to care for her baby.

'I'll say it until the day I die. I was sober enough to breastfeed my kid.'

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, just one alcoholic drink won't likely harm your baby when you breastfeed. However, the organization does advise against long-term, repeated drinking when breastfeeding.

As for Conners, she was fired from her server position a week after calling the cops on Adams. She tells ABC, though, if she had the chance to make the call again, she would.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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di4fun143 March 28 2014 at 8:30 AM

I think I would forego drinking alcohol and alot of caffeine while breast feeding! It makes sense that it would affect what goes into the baby! Can't mamma give it up for just a few months?

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tbrucemom March 28 2014 at 10:40 AM

It's really none of the server's business. Do I think she should be drinking and breastfeeding, probably not. But how is this any different than seeing a pregnant woman smoke or drink? Would you call the cops because of that? Of course not. The baby isn't going to get "fetal alcohol poisoning" from any alcohol that' s in the breast milk, that's ridiculous. It's no longer a fetus! Also how does the server know how many drinks the mother had? Was she there the whole time watching her every move? That's just creepy. A couple drinks is not going to hurt the baby. Again, I wouldn't do it but calling the cops is out of line.

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sylvabugg2 March 28 2014 at 8:34 AM

Bad judgement and no common sense seems to be prevalent in today's society. I guess people just don't raise their kids the way they used to. Any woman who has ever become pregnant knows that whatever you take into your body will be passed on to your nursing child through your breast milk. What gets me is, virtually every woman who has been pregnant, has had prenatal care by a doctor. They tell you to be wary of putting anything into your body without consulting them first. But still people ignore even these warnings. If they're not capable of making good decisions in this regard, what else are they not capable of?

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bigfile4 March 28 2014 at 8:59 AM

Fire her or get rid of what seemed to be their best customer. The bar scene is a sick one anyway so why does it surprise when they get it backwards.

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smashingmonkey bigfile4 March 28 2014 at 9:19 AM

I would have fired her. It isn't her place to make moral judgments and call the police about customer activity that isn't illegal.

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David S. smashingmonkey March 28 2014 at 9:37 AM

At a minimum, she should have consulted her manager first. Any good employees knows the chain of command . I agree with the restaurant letting her go. She clearly over-reacted; this customer was not unruly or causing a problem with other people.

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theharleymeanyou March 29 2014 at 12:17 AM

Look at it like this... When a Mother is Breast Feeding, EVERYTHING the Mother puts in her body as far as Foods, Medicines, Fluids of ANY kind, Smoking Cigs or Pot ... ANYTHING that STUPID Breast Feeding mother consumes she is giving same to Baby .. She might as well just put the alcohol in her baby's bottle .... Baby's intestine's are still maturing at infant and baby stage's .... Their Little bodys can't even consume solid baby food for a few months !!!!! YET ALCOHOL IS ok .. " IT'S legal TO GET OUR BABY'S DRUNK OR DRUGGED JUST BECAUSE IT COMES FROM THE BREAST ????? THIS SHOULD BE SMEARED ALL OVER THE NEWS AND LAWS CHANGED ... MY OPINION ...

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AMedicGary March 28 2014 at 11:09 AM

I question the mother's parenting skills, getting drunk and breastfeeding are not a good mix, but how does that make it your business to call the police? ..... what ever happened to 'mind your own damn business'?

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twosharks AMedicGary March 28 2014 at 11:27 AM

"what ever happened to 'mind your own damn business'?"

While a child is harmed? Liberal morality will be the end of a once great nation!

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dexrmerritt March 28 2014 at 9:07 AM

You have to Sign In first to leave a comment.the lady was not breaking the law and the nosey waitress was trying to be a Liberal do=gooder.

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angie March 28 2014 at 10:58 AM

Sounds as if the restaurant is in favor of drinking and breastfeeding. Why not boycott the restaurant??

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TnT March 28 2014 at 4:25 PM

I agree with the waitress. The Mom may not have been drunk but the alcohol was going into her breast milk. NOT good for the baby. Period!

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aabmhbetty March 28 2014 at 4:26 PM

Anyone who has half a brain cell knows it is not healthy to drink or smoke when you are pregnant why would it be ok to drink and breast feed? This woman is a poor excuse for a mother and needs to have counseling so that she can learn the basics of being a mother. These are the people that should never have kids. Is her alcohol so important that she has to have it in order to survive? Just dumb.

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