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Breastfeeding Mom Who Lost Custody of Babies for Smoking Pot Speaks Out (VIDEO)

by Michele Zipp on June 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

daisy bram familyIf 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 tape next, but be warned. It's very emotional and there is some language at the end.

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.

Fresh in the news the other day, however, was the story of a 19-year-old mom who left her infant on the hood of her car as she drove away, drunk and high. I feel this is much different than a mother who legally smokes a little pot at home for the pain in her arm. Even if she is breastfeeding.

Bram recently spoke to ABC News 10 about how she feels her kids were taken away because she was breastfeeding and smoking pot. She talked about how she doesn't believe enough THC can pass through breastmilk to cause any harm to the children. Tests revealed that there was trace THC in the hair from Thor, her older son, but the baby didn't have enough hair to test. Daisy also mentions how mothers drink, smoke cigarettes, eat genetically modified foods, and this is all seen as okay for a nursing mom. But a mom who smokes medical marijuana can have her children taken from her for months. 

Bram and Walsh were charged with felony marijuana possession with intent to sell. Police found a 38-plant garden and 56 plants inside the home. Remember this is all legal in Butte County ... as long as their intent was to smoke it themselves and not sell it. The child abuse charges were dropped.

At the end of the audio, you can hear Daisy saying how she followed the law and asked those taking her babies away if they felt good about what they were doing. I can't imagine that they did. In this case, I don't think anyone "wins" -- and those children, having to be away from their parents for four long months ... all the milestones missed, the precious time a mother and father should have with their children ... gone. And for what? All because this seemingly peaceful family had some pot, which was within the law? Was it the fact that Daisy was breastfeeding?

They will never get that time back, but I hope they never have to go through something so horrifying again.

What do you think of Daisy Bram's story? Should they have taken the children from the home? Do you believe smoking pot while breastfeeding is enough of a "crime" to have children go to CPS?


Filed Under: baby health, breastfeeding, in the news, natural parenting

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  • Taylo...
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    TaylorFam02

    June 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM
    Pot, or anything else would not have been worth losing my children. Easy solution is to have gotten rid of it.
  • Lilac
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    Lilac

    June 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM
    What is considered a small amount of pot in breast milk can cause all kinds of damage to a developing child's brain. Also MTV did a true life episode about Medical pot and showed how easy in CA it was to get a permit for it. Also 94 plants? That's a heck of alot of pot to be smoking everyday and I doubt she didn't smoke around or in the house with the children.
  • Shelly
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    Shelly

    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    If you are going to do drugs...don't breastfeed. Simple. She was taking that risk, and she shouldn't have. Just because "she doesn't believe enough THC can pass through breastmilk to cause any harm to the children" does not mean that's valid. She is not a doctor, or a scientist. The pediatrician should have known. What does a young mother of 2 capable of breastfeeding, need to smoke pot for anyway? She was being selfish.
  • sweet...
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    sweetcherry_59

    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    There was no reason for them to get "rid of it" the police gave them the ok. What she should have done is not breastfed her baby while smoking pot and she would still have her kids. She has a medical card to use it but that doesn't mean her child should have been subjected to it.


  • jen1130
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    jen1130

    June 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM
    Their pot was more important than their kids. Any nut who would rather feed their kids pot laced breast milk and no formula should never get their kids back!!!!
    I am so tired of California and the liberal ways!
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    Elise Anderson

    June 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I think it's heartbreaking and so wrong. I would have to see studies on pot smoking while breastfeeding to see if it is something someone should do, but it's definitely not enough to immediately remove the children without trying other solutions first.


  • blh
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    blh

    June 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM
    You don't smoke pot or anything else while pregnant or beastfeeding. I don't understand why people act like weed is worth more than thier kids. If you have to smoke just don't breastfeed, its very simple.
  • jen1130
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    jen1130

    June 5, 2012 at 3:19 PM
    Their pot was more important than their kids. Any nut who would rather feed their kids pot laced breast milk and no formula should never get their kids back!!!!
    I am so tired of California and the liberal ways!
  • Flori...
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    Floridamom96

    June 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM
    Child protective services around the nation routinely cause more harm than they prevent. Nothing scares me more as a parent than any CPS agency.
  • katie
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    katie

    June 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM
    What this comes down too is she needed the pain management, and had to choose between the benefits of breastfeeding over the possible negatives of trace amounts of THC. I am not saying she made the right choice, but parents are often forced to make similar descisions all the time. Would you tell a mother who was prescribed other completely legitimate pain medications by a liscenced doctor for significant chronic pain that she was awful and take her kids away? No. You tell her to stop breastfeeding. Do you tell a mother who picks up a glass of wine that she is a bad parent and take her kids away? No, you advise her to pump for 24 hours and supplement with formula. You don't crucify her, you educate her. You know, help? The kind of thing we are SUPPOSED to do?
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