DWBF: Driving While ... Breastfeeding!

If you think that talking on the cell phone and driving is dangerous, wait till you hear what else this woman did: she breastfed her baby while driving her other children to school!

Police say it is against the law to drive with a child in your lap. Children under 4 or 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

In this case, officers said Compton had the child in the lap with the baby's head up against the steering wheel. They say there is not only the risk of a crash, but deployment of the airbag.

Compton said she will take the advice of the officers into consideration, but she may breast feed her baby while driving in the future if she feels that is is necessary.

If you think about it, she's got some skillz breast feeding, talking on the phone, and driving all at the same time!

WHIO Dayton TV has the story (and video clip): Link

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This is so stupid... it's the definition of IDIOT she should not be able to have kids. Some people should have to take an IQ test before becoming a parent, she's one of them. A parent that cares in the least about her children would not put their lives in jeopardy. She could of pulled over, done this before leaving the house or when she got back home. The child knows no better but she should.
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People who defend this kind of behavior are the reason this country is such a mess. This isn't to say there aren't gray areas, but some things are clearly right or clearly wrong, and denying this is foolish. Willingly breaking the law and endangering your children falls under the "clearly wrong" category. This isn't passing judgment on this woman, it's making a moral judgment about this particular behavior. Noone is helping this woman by defending her behavior or making excuses for her (or anyone else who would do this). Instead, you are condemning her to repeat her actions with the understanding that they are ok or excusable. Not only that, but if she were ever in an accident while breastfeeding and her baby died, she would have to live with the terrible guilt of knowing she killed her baby. How about we give gentle guidance backed up with legal measures (if necessary) instead of encouraging stupid and dangerous behavior?
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Big difference between kids climbing trees and this. A baby has no control whatsoever over his safety. He is entirely dependent on his caretakers for that. I am the first person to say that kids today are soft and missing out on some of the fun and sometimes risky things I did as a kid. That is vastly different from some idiot getting behind the wheel of a car and putting themselves, their children, and other people on the road in unecessary danger.

The whole "it could be worse" attitude really misses the point. The child isn't being beaten and raped, no, but that doesn't take away the complete diregard for common sense his mother has shown. That's like saying that a serial killer isn't so bad because he donates to charity.
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I'm not in support of driving while breast-feeding, obviously. However, I don't think that she necessarily doesn't deserve her children. Sleep-deprived, working mothers with new babies and multiple children may not be thinking clearly and she did NOT dangle her baby over a balcony, she didn't get into an accident, and as far as I can tell as she wasn't cited her for reckless driving. She may have been driving safer than some idiots out there, for all I know. Someone just peeped in her window and called the police.

Yes, probably not the greatest thing, but every parent makes mistakes and poor decisions and if that was reason enough to be taken away, we'd all be adopted or orphans.

Allowing children to climb trees should be illegal too, definitely, and heaven forbid we allow any kind of risk. There was a time when car seats didn't exist and most people survived, even driving and breast-feeding. There is a great deal of difference between risk and actual harm. The child wasn't beaten, raped, or murdered - subjected to a greater sense of risk than commonly accepted - yes.
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And just to clarify my saying "letting this woman and her kids die in a fiery crash while she is breast feeding..." doesn't mean not giving them medical attention or anything unethical like that.That would be even more wrong. ;) It just means that the stupid can seal their own fate.
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