Mother arrested for breastfeeding while drinking

Mother arrested for breastfeeding while drinking

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Tasha Adams, left, was arrested for breastfeeding while drinking after Jackie Conners, right, called police. (Courtesy: ABC News) Tasha Adams, left, was arrested for breastfeeding while drinking after Jackie Conners, right, called police. (Courtesy: ABC News)
CONWAY, Ark. -

A mother was thrown in jail and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after an off-duty waitress reported her for breastfeeding while drinking.

Tasha Adams, a 28-year-old mother of three from Toad Suck, Ark., told ABC News she didn't know she was breaking the law.

"I did drink. I did breastfeed. I didn't know it was illegal. If I knew it was illegal, I wouldn't have done it," she said.

Charges were eventually dropped due to insufficient evidence that Adams had one too many.

Adams said that over the course of an hour and a half, she had two beers along with pizza and spinach dip, but an off-duty waitress thought differently.

Jackie Conners arrived early for an after-hours staff meeting when she saw Adams breastfeeding at her restaurant.

"There were several drinks in front of her, about ... two or three drinks in front of her already, when I got there," Conners told ABC News. "I watched the bartender make them, looked like Long Islands. But regardless if it was that or not, then it was strong liquor that was in those glasses."

She first reported Adams to management, but they had already decided to let the mother continue drinking and breastfeeding.

After talking to her mother, Conners made the decision to call the police.

Adams admitted to responding officers that she had two drinks, and they told her to call a sober family member to drive her baby home. She was then placed under arrest for endangering the welfare of a child.

She was in shock and says she wasn't drunk while breastfeeding.

"If I'm drunk, I feel, you know, that I'm not able to take care of my kids," Adams said. "I wish they would've given me a Breathalyzer so it could be proven."

Arkansas police told ABC News that they only give Breathalyzer tests to suspected drunk drivers.

According to ABC News contributor and a practicing ob-gyn, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, little research has been conducted on drinking while nursing, and it isn't clear how much alcohol gets into a mother's milk while drinking.

Conners was fired the week after calling police.

"If I was ever in that situation again, I would still do the same thing, because that baby can't speak up for itself," Conners said. "No one else was doing anything. Even if I knew my job was on the line and it was right around the holidays, I would still do it again."

"I'll say it till the day I die," said Adams. "I was sober enough to breastfeed my kid."

Watch ABC's 20/20 this Friday, March 28 for more on this story.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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