Is it safe to use marijuana while breastfeeding?

Women should consider the potential risks of marijuana if they are breastfeeding.

It’s a common question we hear in our centers. It is important that women consider the potential risks of marijuana exposure and benefits of breastfeeding to the infant and mother.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state on their website.

Chemicals from marijuana in any form (including edibles, oils, or other concentrates) can be passed from a mother to her infant through breast milk. These chemicals have the potential to affect a variety of neurodevelopmental processes in the infant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active component of marijuana, is stored in body fat and slowly released over time, meaning an infant could be exposed to an unknown amount and for an extended period of time. However, data on the effects of marijuana exposure to the infant through breastfeeding are limited and conflicting. To limit potential risk to the infant, breastfeeding mothers who use marijuana should be encouraged to abstain from or significantly reduce marijuana use.

What we do know is that marijuana usage has the potential to impair a mother’s judgement and her ability to care for an infant. Women should talk to their doctor about the use of marijuana during pregnancy.

If you think you are pregnant or just need someone to talk to, give us a call or make and appointment.  We have trained consultants and nurses available to help talk about any pregnancy related issues.