Breastfeeding Mom Loses Custody of Babies for Smoking Pot

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Breastfeeding Mom Loses Custody of Babies for Smoking Pot
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Thu, 06-07-2012 - 4:36pm
Breastfeeding Mom Who Lost Custody of Babies for Smoking Pot Speaks Out

If you listen to the police audio tape of mom Daisy Bram crying in agony when child protective services took her children away from her, it's truly heart-wrenching. "My babies! My babies!" she screamed when they removed her 28-day-old son Zeus from her arms along with her 15-month-old son Thor back in September. Her crime? Possession of marijuana. But in Butte County, California, it is legal to grow pot. And Bram, along with husband Jayme Walsh, both have legal documentation allowing them to use marijuana for pain management. The county also allows them to grow it.

Three weeks prior to their arrest and seizure of their children who were placed in a foster home, police investigated the family's cannabis garden and gave it the okay. An officer even reportedly wished them luck with the baby. But then the unthinkable happened. 

You can hear the pain in her voice and no mother -- no parent -- should ever have to go through that. Yes, it was CPS, an agency that is put together to help save children's lives. But at the same time, this is seemingly a family who lived within the law, and whose babies weren't in danger. Of course, that depends on your stance on medical marijuana. Still, the people at CPS are strangers to this mother and father. Their babies were taken from them to live with strangers. For four months. I can't even imagine not being able to be with my children for four months. Bram calls it a witch hunt and the family has set up a website Free My Babies with details.

Read more & see video: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/138463/breastfeeding_mom_who_lost_custody

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Marijuana is an L5, but apparently just because it has the potential to lower milk supply. It can be found in the urine of bf'd babies for weeks after mom smoked. But there are, to my knowledge (I may be out of date in this) only two studies done on long term effects. One found that the babies had decreased motor skills at a year, the other found no difference. I think it's a gut reaction from many people thar it must be bad, but that's not actually borne out by the evidence.