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Mom jailed for drinking beer while breastfeeding, waitress fired

CONWAY, Ark. — A woman was arrested and charged with child endangerment after she allegedly breastfed her baby while drinking alcohol at a restaurant in Arkansas, according to ABC News.

Tasha Adams, 28, has three children, ages 6 years, 2 years and 8 months. She lives in Toad Suck, Ark., a dry town.

Adams was in Conway for a funeral when she and her family stopped to eat dinner. She said she had “two beers” and breastfed her baby while at the restaurant, according to the report.

An off-duty waitress, who had showed up early for an after-hours meeting, reported Adams to management but was told the manager already decided not to “cut off” the woman.

After discussing the incident with her mom, the waitress decided to call police.

“And they said, ‘Ma’am, we’ve got a report that you were drinking alcohol while breastfeeding,’” Adams told ABC News. “I said, ‘OK, I didn’t know that was illegal.’”

Adams was correct. It’s not illegal to breastfeed and drink alcohol. However, Adams admitted to police she had two drinks and she was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.

The waitress told ABC she was fired as a result of the incident.

Read more: ABC News

13 comments

  • lori tanner

    in the pre-formula days woman who had trouble producing milk were told to drink a beer. it helps relax the mom and is a quick source of liquid nutrient to help create milk! That county is too quick to judge.

  • athynz

    So drinking 2 beers at a restaurant is now child endangerment? From other sources I read no one gave this woman a breathalyzer or did any other test to prove or disprove she was drunk. So how is her drinking 2 beers child endangerment?

      • athynz

        Are you really that much of a troll? Explain to me HOW it is child endangerment for this woman to have 2 beers at a restaurant. CAN you or are you one that get’s your jollies on trying to insult people?

      • John Davidson

        “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
        (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler; 1943)

        The Führer thanks you from the grave:

        Hitler was a Leftist
        Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

        One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.

        http://constitutionalistnc.tripod.com/hitler-leftist/id1.html

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_propaganda

      • John Davidson

        “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
        (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler; 1943)

        The Führer thanks you from the grave:

        Hitler was a Leftist
        Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

        One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.

    • manalishi

      Could be Joe blow! Not scabs, no blisters, and no festering puscules. She obviously isn’t a democrat.

  • Chelle

    as a Biologist, and mother of two, the concern is justified. Almost immediately after consuming an alcoholic beverage, even as little as one beer, it is imperative to wait at least 4 hours before breastfeeding. Any sooner and there is risk to the infant. The amount of alcohol an infant, even a six month infant can handle is extraordinarily less than an adult can handle. it has been proven that breastfeeding with one drink in your system, affects the amount of breast milk an infant consumes in the near future, causes drowsiness, negatively affects the liver and the development of the liver. It also affects the cognitive functions of the child, which can lead to negative behavioral effects, an easily addictive nature to drugs and dependencies, and also incomplete brain development. Whether you choose to drink before, during or after breastfeeding is your choice. But I would keep this in mind.

  • michaeljmcfadden

    If this arrest was ruled valid, then it would be open season on ANY mother with an infant who was caught drinking a beer, since there would be “probable cause” to suspect that she would breastfeed the infant within the next 24 hours or so while there’d still be traces of alcohol in her body.

    Chelle, can you supply a reference for your “proven” study? It would be interesting to read.

    – MJM

  • Jennifer Reynolds

    If I think it’s wrong for a child’s mom to spank her in public, or smoke a cigarette around her, or feed her morbidly obese child fast food, should I feel entitled to call the police on her? These things are not illegal in this state and neither is moderate drinking while breastfeeding. Whether people think it’s wrong or not, it’s no one’s business. Just because you may disagree with someone’s parenting action does not make it ok to cause a problem for her. The waitress wasn’t even working that night and had no way of knowing the whole story, She never even claimed to actually SEE what or how much the mom drank, she just saw the bartender make them and saw the glasses in front of the lady and apparently assumed she knew everything. Ms Adams’ parents were there with her, what if it was THEIR drinks she saw? The lady says she had two beers in the night and I find that believable. The waitress went to her manager about it, which was fine if she was concerned, and the manager apparently decided it wasn’t their business and leave it alone. She went over his head and called the cops anyway, causing a problem for the lady and the establishment. That’s why she was fired, she over stepped her bounds. Whether she thought she was right or not, it wasn’t her place. It would have been different if there had been an immediate/imminent risk of harm, like a mom beating her child, or attempting to drive drunk with her, but that wasn’t the case. The appropriate person in charge here had already decided how the situation should be handled and she should have left it alone.

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