Mom Brings 4-Month-Old to Wild, Late Night Rave 'Because She's Breastfeeding'

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raveSome new parents manage to not alter their lives that much when they have a new baby, and I've gotta say, I'm impressed with these people. I remember seeing a baby that couldn't have been older than 3 months on a flight to Italy once, and I thought: That's bad ass. I hoped to become that kind of mom after having a child of my own, taking my kid with me wherever, but alas, that did not happen. In my daughter's 9 months of life, we've managed to take two trips via plane to see family, and let me tell you, they were pretty stressful. And other than that, save for the occasional date, most nights my husband and I are at home on the couch while our daughter sleeps upstairs. It's just how it is now. 

Other moms? They bring their infants everywhere -- restaurants, shopping trips, work -- and I think that's awesome. I wish I was un-frazzled enough to do that. But one place an infant shouldn't be is out at a rave -- even if the mom is breastfeeding.

Sarah-Jane Hulme, 41, took her 4-month-old son Django to a rave. The Sun published a photo of Hulme dancing in a crowd while holding her son at an "ear-splitting drum and bass gig." Her baby was wearing a pair of noise-protecting headphones, but still -- I'm not so sure this is the best place for an infant.

Apparently, police at the event stopped the music at 12:30 a.m. and asked Hulme to come forward (a DJ was heard saying, "That's some irresponsible shit"). Hulme left the concert without talking to police, but told The Sun: "I breastfeed him so he has to be with me. In France or Spain, parents are encouraged to take their kids to music festivals. My daughter Kerry was performing with her band in her home town for the first time and I wanted to be there. What’s wrong with that?" She also mentioned that it was the third concert he'd been, too.

I think it's great that Hulme is breastfeeding her son, and that she's with him all the time, and that she's obviously one those moms who takes her baby everywhere, but I don't know -- a loud rave filled with wasted people at 12:30 at night? Doesn't seem like an appropriate place for a baby. Music aside, what if some drunk idiot fell on her, or a fight broke out, as they're wont to do at raves?

Like I said, I admire women who bring their kids with them most places. But even if I was one of those women, I don't think I'd take my child to a rave. A mellow, outdoor concert in the evening, sure. But not a rave.

Would you bring your kid to a rave? What's the craziest place you've ever seen a baby?


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doodledo doodledo

I have been to plenty of raves back in the day but I would never ever take my kid to a rave especially a newborn. Good grief some people are just idiotic.

nonmember avatar Gretta

NO. Being a good parent means giving up some of your good times and putting your child's best interests ahead of your own selfish desires.

Doomy234 Doomy234

I love a good rave as much as the next person, but that is not the kind of place for a child of any age. Either pump and leave some bottles home with the babysitter or miss out on your rave. Its not too complicated.

LSeab... LSeabolt1982

GREAT story for all those " breast is best, if you feed your child anything else you are horrible" people.

schlis schlis

My sister almost took her two WEEK old to a rave because she "really wanted to go out" but he had to be fed every two hours. She was 19 at the time. I chewed her out real good and she didn't go.

nonmember avatar Lilac

What's a 41 year old doing at a rave anyway? I know 20 year olds more mature than this "mom".

nonmember avatar Laurie

Taking an infant to place were loud music and drinking, probably smoking (not just cigarettes) is completely unexceptable. Its great she breast feeds but, a 41 year old knows better unless she is mentally incompetent ... either way being a good mom and breast feeding does NOT negate the concert going.....the parents rights should be questioned. I know a lot of women who would love to have a baby and take excellent care of them....

mleil... mleilanim

Um was she the hostess? Manager? Bouncer? Who "raves" at 41?? 18, sure. 41, hell no. She's "winning" evidently.

mleil... mleilanim

Um was she the hostess? Manager? Bouncer? Who "raves" at 41?? 18, sure. 41, hell no. She's "winning" evidently.

Katy Khan

Your headline says it's a rave but your article implies it is simply a concert.  Those are two wildly different things. A mother of any age does not belong at a rave, with or without her child...a loud concert is questionable...if the child had some high quality ear muffs...not my cup of tea still, but I wouldn't call that abuse. Was there smoke and drug use? 

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