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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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david.konen March 28 2014 at 2:56 PM

If I'd been a waiter at any restaurant, and had OBSERVED anything like this, I'd make sure given the opportunity, I'd probably tell my supervisor FIRST before calling the police.

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equipspray March 28 2014 at 11:54 AM

How many times have you seen something that just seems to be not right i.e., child abuse by parents, old lady falling down and nobody helps her, etc. and turned a blind eye?

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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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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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womlib March 28 2014 at 4:34 PM

Perhaps instead of calling the police the waitress should have cut her off. Every establishment has the right to refuse to serve alcohol.

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kalyer March 28 2014 at 8:51 AM

Unfortunately, sometimes doing the right thing isn't the right thing to do. Should she have been fired? No. A reprimand would have sufficed. If she didn't agree with it, then it would be up to her whether she wanted to continue working there. As to the mother drinking and breastfeeding - I'll take bets that she was drinking all through her pregnancy and doesn't care how it affects her child.

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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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