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Is it dangerous to smoke marijuana and breastfeed?

35 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
16 doctors agree

In brief: Impure, toxic air, milk

This is easy. Two main rules are: do not smoke anything in the house or around babies or children in general.
Do not inhale, drink, eat, inject anything that might be dangerous in excess, is toxic or is not approved for breastfeeding. This is the tough part: if there is a medical need to take a particular pill or capsule or liquid, a breastfeeding woman and physician should discuss the risks and benefits of it.

In brief: Impure, toxic air, milk

This is easy. Two main rules are: do not smoke anything in the house or around babies or children in general.
Do not inhale, drink, eat, inject anything that might be dangerous in excess, is toxic or is not approved for breastfeeding. This is the tough part: if there is a medical need to take a particular pill or capsule or liquid, a breastfeeding woman and physician should discuss the risks and benefits of it.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Judy Orton
Breastfeeding is contraindicated for those using marijuana- likewise heroin, cocaine,PCP, and amphetamines in general. Since none of these are good for you, your fetus (when pregnant), or your newborn, seek help to quit now. Breastfeeding is so good for your baby but not if your using these drugs.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Of course

Drugs that enter your body also pass into breastmilk.
Breastfeeding with illegal drugs in your system exposes the baby to the same drugs. Also, no one who is high can be responsible for caring for the needs of an infant. Imagine asking if it is ok to be drunk while caring for your baby. Please seek help so you can provide a safe environment for your child. Social services can help and your doctor can help you find support as well.

In brief: Of course

Drugs that enter your body also pass into breastmilk.
Breastfeeding with illegal drugs in your system exposes the baby to the same drugs. Also, no one who is high can be responsible for caring for the needs of an infant. Imagine asking if it is ok to be drunk while caring for your baby. Please seek help so you can provide a safe environment for your child. Social services can help and your doctor can help you find support as well.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Impure, toxic air, milk

This is easy. Two main rules are: do not smoke anything in the house or around babies or children in general.
Do not inhale, drink, eat, inject anything that might be dangerous in excess, is toxic or is not approved for breastfeeding. This is the tough part: if there is a medical need to take a particular pill or capsule or liquid, a breastfeeding woman and physician should discuss the risks and benefits of it.

In brief: Impure, toxic air, milk

This is easy. Two main rules are: do not smoke anything in the house or around babies or children in general.
Do not inhale, drink, eat, inject anything that might be dangerous in excess, is toxic or is not approved for breastfeeding. This is the tough part: if there is a medical need to take a particular pill or capsule or liquid, a breastfeeding woman and physician should discuss the risks and benefits of it.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Absolutely. It is dangerous to smoke marijuana yourself, and this will be transmitted to the baby from the air and from the milk.
It will also impair your judgement when taking care and responding to your baby's needs. Please, do what you can to quit. Get help from your own doctor before this becomes a serious problem for your baby.

In brief: Yes

Absolutely. It is dangerous to smoke marijuana yourself, and this will be transmitted to the baby from the air and from the milk.
It will also impair your judgement when taking care and responding to your baby's needs. Please, do what you can to quit. Get help from your own doctor before this becomes a serious problem for your baby.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
There is good evidence from studies in teenagers that marijuana use affects brain development. Your use of marijuana goes straight to your baby. It may affect the brains ability to communicate with itself. You should do what you can to stop
Dr. Gary Greenly
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

Cannibus is now legal in 15 states nationally for a treatment of various disease states as decided for the individual state legislatures.
Although thc, the active ingredient in marijuana does cross the blood brain barrier, and everyones brain has THC just like opoid receptors, there is absolutely no evidence that it found in breast milk of lactating mothers or has the capacity for fetal harm.

In brief: Probably not

Cannibus is now legal in 15 states nationally for a treatment of various disease states as decided for the individual state legislatures.
Although thc, the active ingredient in marijuana does cross the blood brain barrier, and everyones brain has THC just like opoid receptors, there is absolutely no evidence that it found in breast milk of lactating mothers or has the capacity for fetal harm.
Dr. Gary Greenly
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Dr. Marcella Wilson
I would kindly have to DISAGREE with my colleague. Studies HAVE SHOWN that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is found in the urine of babies breastfed by actively using marijuana mothers. We know from studies that the developing brain is impacted negatively by THC, not to mention the other toxic chemicals delivered with it. For the love of your baby, DO NOT USE CANNABIS AND BREASTFEED.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Of course! there is no argument that it is nothing but bad for you, so why would it be any different for your baby? Kick it, and for good.
.. For the baby's sake!

In brief: Yes

Of course! there is no argument that it is nothing but bad for you, so why would it be any different for your baby? Kick it, and for good.
.. For the baby's sake!
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes. Period. It's not a good idea to smoke anything during the age when babies are breastfeeding.
..Or after!

In brief: Yes

Yes. Period. It's not a good idea to smoke anything during the age when babies are breastfeeding.
..Or after!
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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