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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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whtpm78 March 28 2014 at 8:28 AM

I was at a baby shower last week and the expectant mother received breastmilk alcohol test strips for a gift. When I had mine you just refrained from alcohol because you didn't want to take any chance with you baby. I guess times are changing, but I still think you need to think of the child's welfare first.

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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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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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jillrev March 28 2014 at 4:28 PM

A smart bartender would share her opinion with the mother and then mind her own business. Too many people wanting to be Big Brother.

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Heather March 28 2014 at 12:41 PM

After commenting earlier & reading the other comments, I want to say that a new baby deserves to be the focus of a parent's care & attention. If you are lucky enough to conceive & have a child, treat it with your best efforts while it is entirely dependent on you! If this mom was knocking back drinks, by most (sober) people's standards, she is not involved with the welfare of her child. We all know - or at least those of us who do drink - that one glass relaxes, two starts on tipsy & more is getting drunk. If it isn't, it probably means the person has a built up alcohol tolerance & I would label that alcoholism. A child is a precious, innocent living being & should never be intentionally mistreated, especially by the very person who should love it the most! I say NO to more than one or two drinks for a nursing mom!!!

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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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lemonhope March 28 2014 at 12:31 PM

My doctor also recommended a beer or two. But no more than 2.

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Welcome Tammy March 28 2014 at 4:49 PM

The caller was not the waitress who served the mother, she could not just cut her off. The article states she was an off-duty server. No mother should drink alcohol and breastfeed her baby. Maybe she's a new mother and did not realize that. That doesn't make her a bad mother or someone who should never had kids. The caller did what she thought was best at the time and I don't believe she should have been fired over it especially if she was off duty. Maybe the mother learned something.

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RON March 28 2014 at 4:51 PM

In a heart beat

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Shirleyjean March 28 2014 at 4:51 PM

She was in the right. The mom is stupid.

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