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Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Says Marijuana-Using Moms Can Breastfeed

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Alaska’s state chief medical officer said in a memo that breastfeeding moms shouldn’t stop using marijuana. A memo was sent to health care providers discussing the topic. Breastfeeding moms are, however, advised to reduce their marijuana use.

Dr. Jay Butler said, “The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists concur that there is stronger associative evidence of potential adverse health outcomes related to pregnancy and marijuana use than that between marijuana use and breastfeeding,” according to News Miner.

Marijuana moms are also urged not to smoke marijuana near their children in order to reduce second-hand smoke exposure. The memo also includes a note to remind people not to drive stoned and to store their marijuana edibles out of the reach of their children. It’s also suggested to get help from someone who is not under the influence of marijuana when driving.