Chinese cops stopped a young mother after they spotted her breastfeeding while riding a moped through heavy traffic, according to police statements.
The mother was navigating busy streets in Yuzhou, Henan Province when officials noticed her son of 18 months gripping her with his hands and lips. Reportedly, the child had begun to cry, and the mother responded by taking one hand off of the bike to get ready to breastfeed.
One witness who was driving near her told Orange News, "So she suddenly lifted up her T-shirt, whipped out her breast and started to feed him on the move,"
The breastfeeding woman has remained unidentified. According to one police spokesman, 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."
Scooter culture is more prevalent in Asia than in the United States — and notice that the problem is only with the breastfeeding, not the fact that an 18-month-old was on a moped riding through traffic in the first place. Families commonly pile onto their two-wheeled vehicles overseas.
However, breastfeeding while driving is not a foreign concept in the United States. In 2008, 29-year-old mother Catherine Donkers was stopped for nursing her baby on the Ohio Turnpike, and was charged with child endangerment.
Donkers stood up for her actions and vowed to fight her citation, stating, "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. I would certainly submit that talking on a cell phone causes far more distraction than nursing a child while she's just laying there."
Despite her perilous example, babies on the road are best left in their car seat, strapped in tightly.