Wednesday Focus on Women #2

Women in the NEWS

Breastfeeding & Marijuana 

To What End? Should they Mix?

Marijuana; Medical &/or Legalization?

How many other Breastfeeding Controversies are there? 

Recently, a Portland Oregon woman became a new player in one such controversy. She was featured on KATU News. See the video.

KATU News Mom wants to breastfeed while on Marijuana

KATU News Mom wants to breastfeed while on Marijuana

The NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) had refused to let a mom breastfeed her premature baby. This seems to be contrary to all the talk about preemies and touching. The studies say preemies do better when they are held. Isn’t that the goal of “baby rocking volunteers”?

Back to this mom, she uses medical marijuana. She doesn’t believe the drug can be transferred via breast milk. The pediatricians at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) cited American  Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP) but took the neutral ground on allowing this mom to breastfeed. She was advised against it and what THC (tetrahydrocannabinols) is believed to do. The hospital required her to sign a document with all the possible side effects of using marijuana during breastfeeding.

In this article from the AAP,  Breastfeeding while using marijuana “needs further study.”


Shall we count the controversies?

Health Related Controversies

  1. Taking Over the Counter Medicines
  2. Taking Prescription Medications
  3. Smoking Cigarettes
  4. Drinking Alcohol
  5. Smoking Marijuana (lets not forget eating marijuana laced food)
  6. Using Narcotics – Legal & Illegal

Social Controversies

  1. Public Breastfeeding
  2. Breastfeeding too long
  3. Breastfeeding not long enough
  4. Positive Peer  Pressure
  5. Negative Peer Pressure
  6. Myriad of Myths too many to cover

This reminds me of the stories about “Wet Nurses” and slave women breastfeeding the master’s baby while breastfeeding their own. It does take a village…doesn’t it!?

Further Reading

Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture  a Social Sciences text-book written by Bernice L. Hanson (also available on Amazon).
My Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Breastfeed?!! by Hector Cruz for Project Breastfeeding website.
World Breastfeeding Week 2014   Coordinated by: World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.
Myths About Breastfeeding Four pages long on International Breastfeeding Centre website.
Stop Arguing For NIP*Normalize Love  by Abby Theuring for Breastfeeding Basics website. *(Nursing In Public)
I’m Breastfeeding. Is it Okay to Drink Alcohol?  By Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N. for “Expert Answers” Mayo Clinic website.
Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana   Owner(s)/Writers names not available on the website.


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Tuesday Quotes #5

A Quote to Ponder

Here is something a little different. I wanted to share the genius of Jake Austria and his blog Jakesprinters.

He is a graphic designer who lives in Manila.

His posts are always fun and creative. He shares his amazing graphics with his followers!

Graphic belongs to Jake @ Jakesprinters

This quote * by Dr Seuss is cited on Brainy Quotes. I was unable to clarify when or where it was said.


Jake Austria

Jake Austria

*Dr. Seuss.” Xplore Inc, 2014. 26 August 2014.


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