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Woman Caught Breastfeeding While Driving on Highway: 'I Wish I Was Kidding

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"Inappropriate and unsafe."

A Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over a woman when someone reported her holding a child in the driver's seat on a highway. But what he discovered she was doing with that child in her lap had his colleagues wishing it was a joke.

"I wish I was kidding," Trooper Mark Francis tweeted of Wednesday's traffic stop. "911 caller reports baby riding on mom's lap. When Trooper stops car, he realizes mom is breast feeding the child."

According to KOMO-TV, the traffic stop by Trooper Rocky Oliphant occurred off I-5 near Everett, Washington, Wednesday evening. The 44-year-old woman, who was not identified by name, admitted to breastfeeding her 1-year-old and also said she has been stopped for driving while feeding in the past as well.

"Her job is to keep the child safe, rather than making sure he's happy while she's driving down the road," Oliphant told KOMO, calling the whole situation "inappropriate and unsafe."

She was issued a ticket and the child was put into the carseat in the back seat before she was allowed to drive off, the news station reported.

"Needless to say, they had a long conversation about safety," Francis said, according to the Seattle Times.

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