Marijuana and breastfeeding, not to mention marijuana and pregnancy, are complex issues that many people, even those who aren't parents or pregnant, have feelings about. While some moms say smoking the drug helps them unwind and cope with the daily stresses of being a parent, health experts advise it's not safe to use weed while breastfeeding , and that it should be avoided while pregnant. And according to a recent small study, inhaled marijuana does show up in breast milk , but the consequences of small amounts of the drug on baby aren't so clear. The study, which was published April 6 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology , concluded that mothers should not smoke marijuana while breastfeeding because it's not known what amounts are safe. However, the study also noted that more research needs to be done.
Smoking Pot and Breast-Feeding: What Are the Risks?
Effects of Marijuana on the Fetus and Breastfeeding Infants. | InfantRisk Center
A small pilot study of eight women suggests that mothers who smoke marijuana transfer small amounts of THC to their children via breastmilk. Smoking pot during pregnancy has received much more attention. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. She notes studies showing a negative and irreversible effect on higher-order functions such as learning, memory, and emotional control. Baker and her colleague Thomas Hale decided to pursue their study after receiving calls about marijuana to the hotline at the Infant Risk Center , which provides medical advice about pregnancy and lactation to healthcare professionals and young moms.
Marijuana and Breastfeeding