Top state medical official: Mothers using marijuana should still breastfeed

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 8:42 PM AKST
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Alaska's top medical official says mothers using marijuana shouldn't have second thoughts about breastfeeding.

In a memo to health care providers and hospitals around the state, state Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jay Butler, says that although mothers should be wary of marijuana while pregnant, medical authorities find less evidence suggesting that breastfeeding and marijuana use are detrimental to infants.

But Dr. Butler reiterated that mothers who use marijuana are encouraged to reduce their intake, protect children from second-hand smoke, and store edibles where children can't reach them.