Let’s have a chat about Marijuana and CBD use while breastfeeding
This is a question that comes up more and more – especially as CBD use is gaining popularity and recreational marijuana is being legalized in more states and locations around the world
The short answer: The FDA, CDC, and AAP all strongly advise AGAINST any cannabis use this includes (smoking, vaping, edibles, CBD, etc.) while breastfeeding because it does pass through breastmilk to baby.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting the essence with a neutral, usually edible oil. Unlike THC, pot’s most active ingredient — and the one that gets you high — CBD is touted for its medicinal properties but doesn’t give you a buzz.
People use CBD oil by putting a few drops under the tongue, applying it to the skin or inhaling a vapor made from the oil. Proponents say it has a calming effect that helps with stress and sleep.
Marijuana Use During Pregnancy
Studies show that marijuana use during pregnancy can lead to smaller babies with a lower birth weight and other unwanted outcomes.For that reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ACOG and the U.S. surgeon general all warn pregnant women not to smoke or vape marijuana or use any byproducts.
Marijuana and CBD use while breastfeeding facts:
Research has focused primarily on Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, as opposed to CBD, in breast milk, and the conclusion is that it is possible to pass low levels of the psychoactive ingredient to your baby this way.
When breastfeeding mothers use marijuana, THC is found in measurable levels in their breastmilk for up to 2-3 weeks.
Infants who’ve had breastmilk from mothers that use marijuana ALSO test positive for THC in their blood, urine, and stool for up to 2-3 weeks.
The so-called “pump and dump” method does not work after marijuana use because it’s stored for so long in your body’s fat. There is a wide variation in how long it stays in your body and breastmilk.
THC may have negative impacts on the baby’s neurological development and motor development.
THC can cause drowsiness in infants which can lead to slow weight gain and the potential for long-term developmental delays.
Marijuana use in mothers is associated with a higher risk of SIDS.
The FDA says there are currently no comprehensive research studies on CBD use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but they are actively researching its use. HOWEVER, based on what they are seeing in animals, they actively advise AGAINST its use, too.
The concern is not only for passing THC to the baby, but marijuana and CBD use may also pass other harmful chemicals to the baby and increase their exposure to second-hand smoke.
The bottom line? Experts say NOT to use any form of cannabis (including CBD) while breastfeeding because there’s no research supporting its safety at this point.
if you are suffering from PPA or PPD and you think that is contributing to your desire to use marijuana or CBD oil while nursing, PLEASE bring this up with your provider!
There are other ways you can treat these very real mental health challenges including therapy and FDA-approved medications.
Do you have your own thoughts around marijuana or CBD oil use when breastfeeding?
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Originally posted 2021-03-05 14:05:50.