Drunk Mom's Baby Dies During Breastfeeding

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Yadina Indira MoralesWe tend to think of breastfeeding as a wonderful thing a mom can do for her kids, and by and large, it is. But for a mom from Maryland, breastfeeding her baby turned to tragedy over the weekend. Cops say Yadina Indira Morales was both breastfeeding and "highly intoxicated." Together the two proved to be dangerous for her 2-month-old daughter, who was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Most respectable pediatricians will tell a breastfeeding mom to pump and dump if she's going to drink. Baby should either get formula or some breast milk expressed before the alcohol was consumed. 

However, it doesn't seem like the alcohol in mom's milk was the worst part here; it was mom's drunken state. Cops indicate Morales passed out while breastfeeding and that the baby was found underneath her, unresponsive.

She's since been charged with manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, and other lesser charges.

Drinking when you're a mom is not a crime. But you do have to remember that if you're going to drink to the point where you can't function, you need to make sure someone else is on hand to care for your baby for as long as you're impaired. That may even mean giving them the aforementioned formula or bottle of expressed breast milk.

Frankly, any time you don't feel like you should be holding your baby -- whether it's because you're impaired or you have a major migraine -- go easy on yourself and get some help! Breastfeeding is important, but the safety of the baby is more so!

What do you do when you're going to drink and you're still breastfeeding?


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crisj... crisjay0508

the baby died from suffercation, not the breast feeding.

Taisie Taisie

I agree, the title is misinformative, the baby died from irresponsible behavior of the mother, and would likely have had the same thing happen had the mom been bottle feeding her.

Jespren Jespren

Title is misleading, it's physiologically all but impossible for a baby to become intoxicated from breastmilk. Breastmilk is made from your blood, if you are drunk at a .14 blood tox level that means your breastmilk will be, at most, .14% alcohol, or as alcoholic as apple juice. Even if you are heading-to-the-hospital drunk at, say, a blood alcohol level of .35, that's still only .35% alcohol in the blood stream, far below any level that could impact even a newborn. Breastfeeding drunk is only an issue because drunk ppl do stupid things like fall asleep and smother the baby, not because there is even a theoretical danger to giving the baby some milk after you've had some drink.

kckcm2 kckcm2

Pump and dump is out dated, no ped i've ever been too has even suggested it, merely told me to not care for her whle drunk as I don't want to drop her or injure her due to impaired function. Even though breastmilk is made from the blood, as pointed out in the post above, even more is additionally filtered out through the process your body goes through to make breast milk. Now i've not had the opprotunity to have more than a glass or two of wine since my DD was born in july, but this is just misinformitive at best.

Kierr... KierraJanae29

Regardless of the article being misleading,a little baby is gone. I mean how could this mother be so irresponsible.

nonmember avatar kirsty cook

I agree, my PERSONAL opinion is there should be somebody sober enough to legally drive if there are children around. However this article does not state how intoxicated she was (who HASN'T fallen asleep sober while feeding their child) and unfortunately the information on 'pump and dump' is wrong as 'any respectable paediatrician will tell you.'

nonmember avatar Tori

I'm so sad about seeing people talk badly about mothers, especially single black mothers -- who have it the hardest. Most of the people on welfare are single black mothers. We have no idea what her circumstances were like. This article says to just get some help if you don't feel like you can hold your child. Some people don't have any help. Some people are impoverished, uneducated, have gone through life living in a very different type of world than you did. This story makes me sad for so many reasons. Wouldn't it be nice if the articles like this touched upon poverty, etc and didn't pretend like we all have someone to call at the drop of a dime when our stress level has reached infinite proportions?

nonmember avatar J

Are you for real Tori??? If she was in too much poverty to have someone there to help, then DON'T DRINK!!! Too poor to pay your bills, DON'T DRINK!!! I'm so sick of that excuse. I can't pay my rent but I can smoke my cigs and drink my booze. And single black women have it the hardest? How about single MOTHER'S living in poverty have it the hardest, doesn't matter your color. Get over yourself.

ninag... ninag1980


What does being poor or black have anything to do with getting drunk? 

nonmember avatar SB

I am a single mother, on welfare. I am WHITE. My foodstamps barely make it month to month, and i'm on WIC. I don't have a lot of help. But i DO KNOW, f you don't have help, then don't get so intoxicated you need help. In fact, where i'm from (california) our welfare isn't high enough to afford to get drunk, or do anything. It isn't even enough to pay rent and my utilities. I stopped drinking over 3 years ago, because i wanted a better life for me and my child. This woman has the same opportunities i did. I found sobriety in a FREE COMMUNITY RAN CLINIC, and FREE meetings. If by chance she "fell off the wagon and slipped up" if she was so drunk she couldn't hold her baby, she could have simply put it in a crib and took a nap. The baby would not have died crying in a crib for an hour until it fell asleep while mom took a nap to sober up. If she couldn't afford, or didn't have a crib, she could have put the baby on the floor with a bottle. At two months old that baby wasn't going anywhere. This mother was clearly negligent, and it had NOTHING AT ALL to do with the fact that she was BLACK, or impoverished. I am glad they will put her in jail. Maybe there she will think about her choices, and be able to get some help. which is what she really needed in the first place, not a drink. Sorry, your attempt to pull the race card was an epic fail on this one.

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