Breastfeeding Mom Refuses to Stop Smoking Pot
She says doctors made her sign a waiver acknowledging the risks
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 9:01 AM CDT
Updated Aug 17, 2014 7:35 AM CDT
A mom, not the one in question, breastfeeds her son while talking to her older son in Honolulu on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

(Newser) – Breastfeeding rates are higher in Oregon than any other state in the US, with the Portland area leading the pack at more than 90%, reports the USDA. But it was in Portland that a woman recently had to sign a waiver before being allowed to breastfeed her newborn—because she is a medical marijuana user, and the hospital wanted her to acknowledge that she is aware of the potential risks of getting high while nursing.

"There are several studies that indicate that it doesn't, it can't transfer through your milk ducts," Crystal Cain tells KOMO News, though the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against smoking pot while nursing. On the advice of her midwife, the new mom also smoked throughout her pregnancy to deal with nausea and anxiety. Her baby, who was born almost two months premature and needed an incubator for a few days, appears to be doing fine now, and Cain says she has no plans to stop smoking. (Marijuana, meanwhile, has been implicated in two fatal heart failures.)

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Nov 9, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Here's a "mom" who only cares and thinks of herself. I would imagine she is a long time user. She has chosen to ignore the fact that MaryJane affects your cognitive ability. Even casual use shows harmful changes in your brain that is easily seen on an MRI. Yes, MJ is known to cause cancer, emphysema and your ability to focus. A pot head won't notice this because their cognitive ability is being eroded away. It't like the alcoholic who denies being one even as their liver is rotting away too.
Aug 17, 2014 3:03 PM CDT
Mommy is an idiot.
Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM CDT
Wow! Who hired all the anti-pot commenters? Should have found a more informed group, with less emotional problems.