Too bombed to breastfeed?
No way, says Tasha Adams, who claims she had only two beers, and certainly wasn’t drunk, when she was arrested at an Arkansas restaurant in November and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The charges have since been dropped, but the strange events of that night are still reverberating.
“I did drink. I did breastfeed. I didn’t know it was illegal. If I knew it was illegal, I wouldn’t have done it,” Adams, 28, tells ABC’s 20/20 in an interview set to air Friday night.
Actually, it turns out drinking while breastfeeding is not illegal in Arkansas. But police in Conway, Ark., acting on a tip from a concerned bystander – who happened to be an off-duty waitress at the restaurant – told Adams to call a sober family member to drive her 6-month-old baby home, and then arrested Adams.
“I can’t believe this, you know,” Adams says, recalling her panic. “I’m more worried about my kid, because I even asked them. I said, ‘Can I bring her with me?’ ”
It is not entirely clear how much alcohol can get into breast milk, according to 20/20‘s report, although moderate consumption is not thought to be of any danger to nursing infants. However, the woman who called the police, Jackie Conners, says she believed Adams was drinking something stronger than beer.
“There were several drinks in front of her, about … two or three drinks in front of her already when I got there,” Conners says. “I watched the bartender make them, looked like Long Islands” (as in the highly potent Long Island iced tea).
In yet another twist, Conners was later fired by the restaurant for calling the police in the first place. But she has no regrets. “If I was ever in that situation again, I would still do the same thing, because that baby can’t speak up for itself,” she tells 20/20 now.
For her part, Adams wouldn’t do the same again, but still doesn’t think she did anything wrong.
“I wish they would’ve given me a Breathalyzer so it could be proven,” she says. “I’ll say it till the day I die. I was sober enough to breastfeed my kid.”