Breastfeeding drivers shock police

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Breastfeeding drivers shock police
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 6:58pm

Is it ever worth the risk?? Why do women even think about BFing while they are driving?

Shocked police have issued safety warnings after finding several mothers breastfeeding while driving in a recent road blitz.

Operation Safe Kids ran from January 9 to 19 in response to a recent spate of serious crashes involving children who were passengers.

Officers stopped and spoke to three mothers who were caught breast feeding their infants while driving a vehicle on the motorway.

Auckland Motorways Manager Inspector Shanan Gray says his officers were shocked.

"It puts everyone in an extremely dangerous situation. If they had to stop their vehicle suddenly, or they were involved in a serious crash, the infant would surely be ejected from the vehicle," he said.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 3:26am

That is totally ridiculous IMO. I already freaked out all over a friend when she took her baby out of the carseat to nurse him while hubby was driving. A child in a moving car has to be strapped in. If child is hungry, pull over, feed her/him, then resume driving (independently of whether you are the one doing the driving). Another thing that irks me about the Swedes is while they have wonderfully sensible laws about rear facing car seats, they actually often install them on the passenger seat in the front - airbag officially switched off, but I still think this is far more dangerous than having them in the back. Maybe I am just so opinionated because I never really had a long commute, but I do feel strongly about this one.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 9:30am

I always rode the bus when my boys were babies, I didn't get my driver's licence till about 10 years ago. So I don't have the experience, but I can't imagine driving any distance with the baby in the back seat, facing backwards, with no one back there to tend to him.

This is not to say that I would put the baby in the front, I know better than that. But I can understand the thought, because if the baby should choke or have a problem, or was even just crying for a long time - and I was on the highway with

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 10:35am
Does anyone remember the story from a few years ago about the woman who was speeding while breastfeeding? That story really upset me because the woman went on a media blitz to try to justify her actions.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 1:51pm

More news stories:

KETTERING — A Harrison Twp. woman faces child endangering charges after police said she admitted to breastfeeding her child and talking on a cell phone while driving, according to Kettering Police Officer Michael Burke.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 9:09am
I'm very anti-CIO, support extended breastfeeding and extended rear-facing in car seats. That said, the only time Peter has ever cried for an extended period of time has been when we were in the car. I had just nursed him and changed his diaper, so I knew he just wanted to be held. He HAD to stay in his car seat.

I also nurse in the car when I pick him up in the evenings from daycare, and have to slide the seat back. I can't figure out logistically how a woman could handle the baby and still be able to reach the steering wheel comfortably.

And FYI, it's actually safer to put the kid in the carseat in the front seat with the air bag off than to put a 10 year old in the front. Think about people who drive pick-up trucks that don't have a back seat. They have to put the kids in the "front." That doesn't mean I would be comfortable with it, but it's a much better option than not restraining a child properly.
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