Jackie Connors, an Arkansas waitress has been fired after going on to report Tasha Nicole Adams, 28 to police who was drinking alcohol while breastfeeding her newborn child at the restaurant she was worked at.
At the time, Connors, also a mother, offered she felt it was unacceptable that the mother be drinking whilst breastfeeding her child and thus decided to take matters into her own hands.
Told Jackie Connors: ‘Me, being a mom, and just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that can’t speak for itself, having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable,’
At the time Adams was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after the incident at Gusano’s Pizzeria off Dave Ward Drive in Conway on Wednesday.
A couple days later, Conners says she was fired for taking the situation into her own hands.
That said, a manager at Gusanao’s said that was not the reason for firing her, and declined to give more information on the matter.
A Faulkner County police report says the daughter was released to family members.
Adams, a florist and a mother-of-three claims the situation was taken out of context and ‘all blown out of proportion.’
She said she wanted to tell her story but that she had been advised to wait until court.
‘I hate that, because people don’t know the truth. I am really a normal person.’
‘No one is seeing my side. I just want everyone to know I am not a horrible person. I have a family to take care of, and that’s all I care about.’
According to the International Guidelines on Drinking and Pregnancy, women who are breastfeeding should not drink.
The guidelines state: ‘Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed by some individuals, including those who cannot restrict their alcohol intake, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescents, individuals taking medications that can interact with alcohol, and those with specific medical conditions.’
Mothers are warned during pregnancy that consuming even moderate levels of alcohol can cause birth defects in their unborn child.
That said one wonders why Connors hadn’t simply mattered the incident to management, thus saving herself the imposition of being perceived of acting out of bounds, a perception that management may have been harboring until the recent final straw.