Don't get us wrong: We're big fans of public breast-feeding and all. But driving and breast-feeding? On a moped, of all things? Not exactly a stellar parenting decision if you ask us.
A mom from Yuzhou, China is making headlines this week for doing just that. And it kind of gets worse. The unidentified woman's very public breast-feeding display happened while weaving in and out of traffic on her moped and holding her crying 18-month-old child. Apparently, it was her not-so-safe driving skills that caused her baby—who was not secured in a carrier, let alone a car seat—to start crying. And according to witnesses, she started to breast-feed the child (while keeping one hand on the handlebars) in an effort to calm her son's fussiness.
OK, folks. There is multitasking … and then there is just plain recklessness. And this one pretty much takes the cake.
Luckily, police pulled the mom over before she could cause an accident, or worse, any harm to her baby. As a police spokesperson later commented, "She was risking her life, her son's life and the lives of all the other road users. We told her that if she carried on we would confiscate her bike."
As The Huffington Post points out, this isn't the first time a mom has been caught for behind-the-wheel breast-feeding. Most notably, there was a time back in 2008 when Catherine Donkers was accused of child endangerment after trying to breast-feed her daughter while driving from Detroit to Pittsburgh—and driving without a license! Her defense: "It's not like I'm trying to change a diaper while I'm driving, she pretty much just lays there on the pillow in my lap," Donkers said at the time. "I would certainly submit that talking on a cell phone causes far more distraction than nursing a child while she's just laying there."
And this story reminds us of another incident in 2009, when another mom, Genine Compton, was pulled over for breast-feeding and talking on her cell phone. What's worse, her baby was resting against the steering wheel at the time.
Clearly these moms need to be reminded what a car seat is, and why it's legally mandated.