Breastfeeding Under the Influence - It is sad,but true. Common sense is rapidly disappearing from this ol' world.
This just in. A mom in North Dakota is charged with child neglect for allegedly breastfeeding while drunk. Today, a judge ordered Stacey Anvarinia to seek treatment for chemical dependency to help her avoid jail time.
Anvarinia was arrested last February, after police answering a domestic disturbance call at her home. She apparently told police her boyfriend assaulted her. Anvarinia already had a criminal record. The officers saw her breast-feeding the baby and holding the child upside down. Prosecutor Carmell Mattison says Anvarinia at one point held the child by one leg and was too drunk to know what she was doing. Police say she was breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk. After obtaining warrants,police arrested the 26-year-old last April.
In court today, Anvarinia told the judge she knew what she did was wrong. She says she is working hard to get her daughter back.
There’s no way to tell exactly how much alcohol was in her system, because police didn’t conduct a blood-alcohol test. Investigators say she was drunk, and they acted on it. Remember this is NORTH DAKOTA and we've all seen FARGO.
Anvarinia was sentenced to 18 months in jail with all but six months suspended. The judge said she could get credit for chemical dependency treatment.
According to La Leche League International, Mothers who are intoxicated should not breastfeed until they are completely sober.
Wait for most of the alcohol to leave your system. As alcohol leaves the bloodstream, it leaves the breast milk.