Stacey Anvarinia of Grand Forks, ND was caught in the act of drunken breast-feeding. Officers saw the mother nursing her six-week old while visibly intoxicated. Read the story and see photos and video here.
In February, police responded to a domestic disturbance at 26-year-old Stacy Anvarinia’s home. That’s when they found the drunken, slurring mother breast-feeding her infant.
She was arrested and charged with neglect, based the on the premise that the alcohol would pass through her breast milk to the baby. Although officers never determined her BAC, they noted that she was “extremely intoxicated.”
The woman initially avoided jail time for the neglect charge, but just hours after leaving court, police were called on her yet again for reportedly slashing a man’s tire. This time she was put in jail for the original crime.
The Grand Forks Herald now reports that following the second incident, Anvarinia was “sentenced to a six-month term, which she can potentially serve at least part of at a substance-abuse treatment facility.”
The mother plead guilty in court, and expressed remorse for her actions, saying: “I’m very sorry for what I did, and I know it was wrong…And I would like to continue working toward getting my daughter back.”
Some experts remain skeptical that drunken breast-feeding can in fact present risk to the baby’s health. As former Obstetrician Dr. Amy Tuteur explains on her blog:
“There is certainly a theoretical risk that a baby can be harmed by breastfeeding from a chronically intoxicated mother. There is no scientific evidence that breastfeeding during a single episode of intoxication is harmful to the baby in any way.”
The San Francisco Chronicle’s piece about the incident included an excerpt from a handout provided by Dr. Jack Newman of La Leche League International’s Health Advisory Council, which states in part:
“Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all…very little alcohol comes out in the milk. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.”
What do you think? Is drunken breast-feeding a crime, or is it relatively safe? Let us know in the comments section below.
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