Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When not to breastfeed

Lots of us have eaten while driving. Some have reached around to hand a child a snack or a bottle while (maybe) at a stoplight.

Here's what you should not do: breastfeed a child while driving.

Did that even need to be said? Apparently. According to the New York Times, an Ohio woman breastfed her youngest child while driving her kids to school.

There are so many things wrong with this incident that I don't even know where to start.

My biggest problem with the whole deal? Taking the girl out of her car seat while they were still on the road and holding her in the front seat. Didn't we just talk about car seats?? (I like pretending that everyone reads my blog.)

In case anyone still isn't clear on this, if your child gets crazy hungry while you're driving to school and you can't just give her a bottle or some Cheerios, here are your options:

  1. Wait until you get to the school to feed her.
  2. Pull over into a parking lot along the way and feed her (with the car stopped).
She will not die of starvation during the drive. And the older kids will not die from being late to school. But think what could happen if you got into a car accident (which is more likely when you're distracted).

The woman, who is charged with a first-degree misdemeanor because her daughter was not in a car seat, said she would do it again.


Photos by me.


  1. WHAT?!?!?!?!? My jaw LITERALLY DROPPED when I read that last line. WOW. Crazy. Sad.

    I will say I have breastfed in the backseat of a car while we were driving. It was quite acrobatic of me, I assure you, but Dacey was completely and safely strapped in her carseat. I can see how the thought would be TEMPTING when you have a screaming baby in the backseat, but never, never, never would I act on that.


  2. yikes! you would think it's common sense to pull over and then breastfeed the baby not breastfeed and drive @ the same time. very dangerous!


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