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Would you take your baby to a rock concert?

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Mom Wants to Breastfeed 4-Month-Old in Mosh Pit at Concert -- Who Cares?

by Judy Dutton

As a mom who's brought her baby to questionable venues from bars to New Year's Eve parties, I'm not one to judge where mothers bring their kids. That's why I was dismayed to hear that a breastfeeding mom with a 4-month-old baby strapped to her chest says she was kicked out of a Brad Paisley concert in San Diego last Thursday, with police arguing that she was endangering her child.

The mom, who'd identified herself as Megan Christopherson, 30, filmed her altercation with the cops on her phone (some footage below). First, she claims a security guard approached her and asked her to stop breastfeeding.

Then, later on, while she was down in the concert pit, guards approached her again and asked her to move out of the pit, since they feared her 4-month-old girl, Gracie, could be crushed in the surging crowd or have her eardrums damaged by the noise.

Christopherson argued that her baby was fine -- in fact, fast asleep, which suggests the noise in the pit wasn't bothering her. When given the option of moving to a seat farther away from the concert stage or getting a refund and leaving, the mom trounced out.

Should moms take their babies to concerts? Can we be trusted to make that decision for our kids and know when the music's too loud, the circumstances too dangerous? In my mind the answer is yes, within reason.

For instance, if it were a mosh pit for Megadeth where people were eating live rats, I'd, of course, pass. Or if my baby started crying from the noise or commotion, I'd leave then too. But these are decisions any mom of sound mind would make.

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Besides, babysitters are expensive, and no mom should have to sit at home until her kids are grown. That's just a recipe for a miserable motherhood, which won't do her children any good. One of my friends is a professional musician, and she's been taking her daughters to concerts since she was born. "I was much more horrified by the noise levels at a Yo Gabba Gabba concert," she points out. "It was way louder and more dangerous than any adult punk rock concert I'd been to in my life."

In other words: give moms a break and let them have some fun!

Would you take your baby to a rock concert? Why or why not?


Image © Ted Horowitz/Corbis

by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM
Replies (31-40):
Heaven127
by Bronze Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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This woman is an idiot & a danger to her child.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

This.

Quoting momto2boys3215:

1) wasnt a rock concert, it was country.

2) people dont mosh at country concerts, or crowd surf.  If anything its women on their SOs shoulders to see better.  

3) people at country concerts are typically more respectful of any kids seen than at any other concerts.

4) nice dramatic title.  


wrensong
by Pagan Mother on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

HELL NO!

A concert is no place for a baby

hermajestylanie
by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

This woman is an idiot and an unfit mother who I am sure has irreparably damaged her child's hearing. Who does that? It doesn't matter if the kid was sleeping- she probably drugged it so she could go on with her selfish plans. 

shivasgirl
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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the baby could have gone to sleep as a shut down mechanism over the loud noise. While I have taken my babies and young children to concerts, I have always used ear plugs for them and kept them away from the mosh pit. Having said that, who the hell moshes at a country concert?

Cutenessmom
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

no she needed to be brought up on charges.

Aislin
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hahaha a mosh pit at Brad Paisley and Megadeth eating rats. Wow. I can't even take this seriously but thanks for the laugh.

bleumonster
by Ruby Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Ummm it's hard for me to believe there was a mosh pit at a Brad Paisley concert but OK. No to pits, yes to outdoor concerts.
Coconutty4Hubby
by Cafe Goddess on Jul. 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

You are the ONLY one to say this! 

And, yes, I was pregnant and went to a huge music festival, STP, 311, Daughtry, Hank Williams Jr, 30 Seconds to Mars... No one touched me. I have left him at home to go to all our other concerts, like to see Three Days Grace, and 311, and Shinedown and many more. HOWEVER, I've taken him to many music festivals that are apart of a craft show. 

Quoting momto2boys3215:

1) wasnt a rock concert, it was country.

2) people dont mosh at country concerts, or crowd surf.  If anything its women on their SOs shoulders to see better.  

3) people at country concerts are typically more respectful of any kids seen than at any other concerts.

4) nice dramatic title.  


zombieskayer
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM

who moshes at a brad paisley concert? lol. No you shouldn't bring your 4 month old to a concert. That's just nuts. 

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