breasts and beer
July 8, 2009 § 4 Comments
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police responding to a domestic disturbance arrived at Stacey Anvarinia’s home to find the mother breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby in front of them. And she was drunk, they said.
Officers arrested the woman, who later pleaded guilty to child neglect and faces up to five years in prison. Now her case has touched off a debate among moms about breast-feeding, alcohol — and privacy.
ok mom gets arrested for ‘drunk breastfeeding’
1. back in pre-modern england it was the norm for women to drink beer while breasfeeding. actually a brewery that was caught putting white sugar in beer could have been sentenced to death because sugar was considered highly unhealthy for breastfeeding women.
2. the reason women drank beer, also known as liquid bread, was because of the hops in beer. and hops brings in the milk supply and keeps the supply.
3. as a doula i always told new mothers to drink a beer if they were having trouble with their milk.
4. and plus it acts as pain killer and breast feeding can be really painful. and at least you know what is in a guiness. what the fuck is in a tylenol? or ibuprofen? can i grow it? hell, can i pronounce it?
5. i drank alcohol when i breast fed. hell i sat in bars more times than i can count having a beer and breastfeeding. hell in san cristobal the bartenders knew to exact temperature how warm we wanted the water that we used in the bottle. yeah we did breast and bottle. and traded off from one to the other pretty easily. and they would play with aza as we would be having a drink. and when she got fussy they would give her to me to be fed. seriously? and i wasnt the only woman i saw breastfeeding in a bar.
6. you can get beer nearly anywhere. in all of my research there was not another strong milk-bringer that was accessible easily to me or the mothers i knew. in other words. there is always a liquor store in the ghetto.
but then you read further and realize…oh fuck…the story gets even worse…
It’s unclear how much Anavarina had to drink. Police never conducted a blood-alcohol test. Investigators believed she was drunk, and her arrest on a charge of child abuse and neglect did not require a test.
“The majority of our problems are caused by alcohol,” said Grand Forks Police Capt. Kerwin Kjelstrom. “Our officers handle it so much that it is pretty much a general knowledge thing to know when someone is intoxicated. It’s pretty obvious.”
When police came to the home on April 13, Anvarinia, who had a criminal record, told them that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. A police report said she had swelling on her nose and chin and a small scratch on her left cheek.
The boyfriend was not home and has not been charged, and authorities have not said who has custody of the child. Anvarinia’s court-appointed attorney, David Ogren, did not return repeated telephone calls.
1. wait? they never bothered to conduct a test to see how much alcohol she had in her system? wtf? the decided she was drunk by observation? omfg. they arrested a mother of 6 week old child because they thought she *appeared* drunk? it seems to me to be pretty shoddy police work to not give an alcohol test when you arrest someone for being drunk. it seems like you’d want to make sure that she was alcohol drunk and not punch drunk from getting beat by her boyfriend. before you decide to take her away from her 6 week old child…who is still being breastfed!
2. but im getting sick and tired of women calling the cops being they are getting beat by their partners and the woman going to jail and the abusive partner not being charged. i am really fucking tired of this story. over and over again.
3. and wait he beats her. and she gets arrested for child abuse? shouldnt he get arrested for child abuse? isnt beating the mother of 6 week a form of child abuse?
4. oh wait. they didnt even arrest the partner for domestic abuse? even though she actually has physical evidence of having been physically beaten?
but wait, and then, it gets even worse…
“This case is more than just the breast-feeding. It was the totality of the circumstances,” said Grand Forks Police Lt. Rahn Farder. “It is quite unusual for a mother to be breast-feeding her child as we are conducting an investigation, whether she was intoxicated or not.”
im not even sure what the hell that quote means. did he assume that she was drunk because she was breastfeeding. like did he think that because a police officer was present she shouldnt have been breastfeeding? that she must be intoxicated because she was breaking social code and exposing her breast to him? that she had crossed some private/public border and that only happens when one is intoxicated?
sounds to me like they didnt arrest her for breastfeeding while drunk.
they arrested her for breastfeeding.