Woman Puts Gin in Baby Bottle

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Woman Puts Gin in Baby Bottle
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 5:38pm

This never would have happened if she were breastfeeding.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 11:25am
Im not so certain this would have never happened if she were BFing. Yeah she mixed formula with gin so yes, having milk available from the tap would protect against accidentally mixing formula with alcohol. I just think that this would have happened through another route due to poor parenting in general. I just have a hard time believing this was an accident in the first place...gin is an incredibly strong smelling liquor and even if she was high as a kite on pot, I cant believe she wouldnt have been able to tell the difference between gin and water. Pot alters judgement and the senses a bit but not so severely like other hallucinogens such as PCP. Some people think alcohol is funny and give it to babies/animals just for kicks, I wonder if this may have been the case and mom is using improper formula mixing as an excuse.

Clearly grade A parenting here (*sarcasm*) either way. So sad for that little babe.


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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 1:11pm


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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 1:46pm
I agree with you, Ruby. I've heard way too many stories about people deliberately giving babies and kids alcohol and other drugs. Where I used to live, there was a big case a few years ago dealing with a guy who put Nyquil in his baby's bottle to get him to sleep. When I was a baby, my parents rubbed whiskey on my gums when I was teething, to help me fall asleep. A lot of people used to do that, but I'm sure there were plenty who put it into bottles too. I actually wonder if the fact that most people know better than to do that today has something to do with the decline in SIDS rates; if nothing else, toxicology testing will identify alcohol in deceased babies' bodies, and the deaths won't be attributed to SIDS like they once might have been. I have no evidence for this theory, but it's something I've thought about a bit.

And yes, pets too. I knew some kids in college who were keeping a dog in their dorm room (obviously against the rules), and giving him beer every day because they thought it was hilarious. The dog would vomit all over their room, ruining their carpeting and furniture. I guess the joke was on them when the school charged them hundreds of dollars at the end of the school year to repair and replace everything the dog had destroyed. Duh.
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 1:47pm

I'm not convinced that this was an "honest mistake" so I don't fully buy the premise that breastfeeding would've prevented this.

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