Monday, March 2, 2009

BWI: Breastfeeding While Driving

An Ohio mother is charged with child endangerment after another driver reported she was breastfeeding and talking on the phone while driving.

"She did admit to breastfeeding her child while driving," said Officer Michael Burke. "She kind of indicated that it's more or less a routine thing that she does."

The caller told police in suburban Dayton that he spotted the minivan-driving mother dropping off children at a school Thursday morning. Authorities used a license plate number to track down 39-year-old Genine Compton, who told them she was breast-feeding and wouldn’t let her child go hungry.

Burke says the legal concern is that Compton had a child in her lap, not that she was breast-feeding in public.


Sheryl said...

Is this supposed to be controversial? Wouldn't any breastfeeding mom stop the car, pull over, breastfeed in the car, and then put the kid back in the seat and continue driving? Where did she have to be that she was willing to do two (or three) important things at once?
This lady definitely should have been pulled over. Good for the people who spotted this dangerous act and reported her.

Karen MEG said...

Geez, that is just nuts, thank goodness people noticed and reported the woman...seriously, I worry for her kids.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that she doesn't even seem to realize how dangerous this was! She seems to imply she would do it again. She's basically saying it would be "cruel" to let her baby go hungry so it's ok to endager the baby's life (as well as her other children's lives) by breastfeeding while does that make any sense?!