A woman in Russia has been charged with unpremeditated murder following the death of her newly-born son. The baby died from ethanol poisoning caused by the woman breastfeeding whilst intoxicated.
According to Pravda the 27-year-old woman is to be charged with causing the accidental death of the infant through carelessness. Celebrating the birth of her son in January, the woman consumed 50 grams of wine and 1.5 litres of beer. She continued to breastfeed the baby every two hours, resulting in ethanol poisoning from alcohol.
The charges are not unique in Russia where another woman was convicted of murdering her two-week-old son by breastfeeding whilst intoxicated, in December last year. Perth Now reported Marina Shnip, 30, admitted killing her son by poisoning after drinking a litre of port whilst breastfeeding. She was sentenced to prison. In both instances an alcohol level of 0.4 percent was recorded in the dead infants.
In yet another instance a mother in Siberia caused the death of her baby through acute ethanol poisoning after breastfeeding whilst drunk.
According to Baby Centre nursing mothers transfer the same amount of alcohol into breast milk as they do into their own bloodstream.