Pot-smoking mom breastfeeds newborn, despite hospital objections
A new mother in Oregon was forced to sign a hospital waiver before breastfeeding her newborn infant. That's because she's a medical marijuana cardholder. Crystal Cain says she was prescribed medical marijuana to ease her anxiety and prevent nausea. She smoked throughout her pregnancy on the advice of her midwife. Cain says she's read several studies that suggest THC- the compound in marijuana that gets you high- can't be transmitted to the baby through breast milk.But the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against it. So before she was allowed to breastfeed, the hospital made her sign a waiver acknowledging that she was aware of the potential risks. The baby was born 8 weeks early and needed an incubator to survive, but is now doing well. Since the marijuana was legally prescribed, the hospital and authorities can't stop the new mom. "We do understand the benefits of mothers' milk," the hospital said. "We also don't want to be caught in a situation where a mother continues to use and says that we never gave her information on it, never informed about the risks, and so it's really a way of documenting that the parents acknowledge the risks. And we can't stop her from using it."