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Diatribe: Please Don’t Get Drunk And Breastfeed A Stranger’s Baby.


The decision to breastfeed a baby is a very personal one made by many mothers.  According to the 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Breastfeeding Report Card, as many as 74% of new mothers breastfeed their infants for at least a short time and, by the age of six months, almost 15% of babies are thought to be exclusively breastfed.  Where and when a woman should breastfeed has been a subject of much debate, but there’s one location that should certainly be off-limits … inside a stranger’s home with another woman’s baby.

A South Dakota mother was shocked last weekend when she entered her bedroom to find a woman she didn’t know breastfeeding her two-month-old baby.  She called 911 and, before they arrived, convinced the strange woman to give her the baby.  The intruder made herself at home, resting on the frightened mother’s bed, until police arrived to arrest her.  Alcohol may have placed a role in the incident.

The 24-year-old woman who was taken into custody denied the allegations telling reported that she never tried to feed the baby and that she had been invited to spend the night, having met the baby’s mother the night before.  She claimed that the mother had given her pajamas, lied to police about the events of the morning, and fabricated the breastfeeding story.

It seems clear to me that there’s a lot more to this story than these women are sharing with authorities.  Wouldn’t the baby have cried loud enough for the mother to hear and intervene?  Wouldn’t a guilty person attempt to leave the scene of the alleged crime before police arrived?

While the debate surrounding public breastfeeding is sure to continue with those in favor saying it’s healthy and natural and those in opposition thinking it’s offensive and should be a private experience, I imagine everyone will agree that a woman shouldn’t get drunk and breastfeed a stranger’s baby.

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  1. What an odd story. Definitely more to it. However, wet-nurses have played a roll throughout history in the case where a new mother has no milk or dies or just for the convenience of the elite. I seriously doubt that it’s the case here.


  2. There’s no end to the odd behaviors of the humans! Which of course makes life more interesting. I wonder if she was getting ready to kidnap the baby? How did she get into the house and into the bedroom without being noticed? But I agree with you, getting drunk and breastfeeding a stranger’s baby should not be on anybody’s to-do list!


  3. I can assure you that I will never get drunk and breastfeed a stranger’s baby. Lol


  4. momma, momma, (sucking sounds)


  5. Ice cream trucks drive through the neighborhood providing ice cream to hungry children. Maybe this woman was just test marketing a new service.


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