Post # 1
Yes, you read the title right. This morning on my way to work, I heard this lady call in to the local radio station. She said that when she is driving places like to work or the store and her baby cries, she pulls over, gets her son out, starts breastfeeding in the car and then DRIVES while breastfeeding. The radio show host asked if she was worried that in an accident her baby’s head would be crushed by the airbag and he would die. The lady said, “Sometimes I worry about it, but I have places to go “. The radio show host was shocked that the lady didn’t seem to care.
I am horrified that people really would do that. The lady was dead serious speaking too. I am pretty sure it is not a joke. I am all for parents raising their children how they see fit, but not when it is such a huge danger to the baby. I hope someone talks some sense into her.
Post # 2
OMG!! That’s insane!! I’m all for women breast feeding but that is nuts. At what point is feeding your baby while driving a good idea? How is she able to concerntrate on the road and feed at the same time. She’s an accident waiting to happen and I bet she’ll be the first person to cry when her child sustains injuries or worse…
Post # 3
I really hope that this is just some radio prank. I can understand her pulling over to breastfeed, but there’s really no reason for her to drive while doing it. I hope nothing happens to her baby.
Post # 4
LondonCalling: Exactly!!!! I don’t understand why she would think thats a good idea.
Post # 5
housebee: See and thats what I was hoping, that it was a joke, but she seemed serious and the radio host seemed horrified.
Post # 6
Giraffelover: Yeah, she should definitely have her child taken from her. That’s horrific.
Post # 7
That is just nuts.
However, I will admit to breastfeeding while DH was driving in a moment of pure desperation. A 3 hour car trip turned into a 6 hour car trip because of a total freeway closure, 11 at night, 3 month old DS screaming for an hour, and in the middle of farmville where there was nowhere to pull off. I was in the back seat, the road was deserted, and DH drove very slowly and carefully.
But I’m still not proud of it….
Post # 8
When I read the title I was really, really hoping you meant pumping breastmilk while driving (which is legal, all you need is a car adapter, hands-free pumping bra, and a nursing cover if you’re modest) but you really meant actually NURSING while driving. Oy. I can see a desperate situation like ExcitedScaredBee: described, being in the back seat and all. But to put an infant behind the wheel with an airbag and nurse while you’re actually operating the vehicle is insane. You’re distracted, the baby could wiggle and slip down or pull on something or there could be an accident.
Post # 9
Giraffelover: Some people shouldn’t have children. I’m sorry. But I had to say it. People giving their babies refined sugar (hostess cupcakes!) before age 1, not securing their children correctly in a car, giving in to temper tantrums… *smh*
Post # 11
That is so incredibly dangerous…I don’t even let my dog on my lap while driving. She can be as “careful” as she wants, what if someone rear ends her?
I bet she wouldn’t be thinking “I had places to be!” when her infant dies.
Post # 12
No. No, no, no, no, no. This is beyond dangerous for the baby and the mother herself. If I worked at that radio station I’d be calling child protective services immediately. She is putting her child in grave danger and there is never any excuse for that imo.
I can understands mothers breastfeeding a hungry child in the back seat while OH/someone else drives, but never while actually driving themselves. Again, SO dangerous.
Post # 13
Never for any reason should a child be removed from their carseat while the car is moving.
This whole thing makes me feel sick. It’s illegal, stupid, and infuriating.
Post # 14
While in Mexico, on our honeymoon, we saw a woman breastfeeding on a moped. The baby (who was less than 3 months of age), the mother and the child riding on the back of the moped were not wearing helmets. It was pretty scary.
Post # 15
ExcitedScaredBee: I think it’s a little different when you’re not the person driving (i.e. your baby’s head isn’t directly inline with the steering wheel). Also, this sounds like it’s a regular thing for the woman on the radio show.