Is Breastfeeding Maybe, Possibly, Inconclusively Drunk A Crime? No.

Amie Newman

The news reports say that Stacey Anvarinia, sentenced yesterday, was arrested back in February of this year for breastfeeding her baby while drunk. But Anvarinia's blood alcohol level wasn't tested, breastfeeding with alcohol in one's system is not necessarily a negative for the baby and, oh yeah, it's also not a crime.

The news reports say that Stacey Anvarinia was arrested back in February of this year for breastfeeding her baby while drunk. According to San Francisco Gate’s Mommy Files:

Last February, police in Grand Forks, N.D., were called about a
domestic disturbance at the home of 26-year-old Stacey Anvarinia. When
they arrived, Anvarinia was drunk and slurring her words–and she was
breast-feeding. The officers arrested Anvarinia for neglect of her
six-week-old infant on the grounds that alcohol can pass from mother to
child via breast milk. [emphasis mine]
They never determined her blood alcohol level,
but they declared her "extremely intoxicated." The baby was taken to
the hospital for an examination and Anvarinia was locked up on charges
of child neglect.

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