Do the risks of smoking marijuana during breastfeeding outweigh the risks of not breastfeeding?
If you are going to continue to smoke marijuana while breastfeeding it is definitely better to continue to breastfeed than to stop, if it is only occasional. But if you smoke every day, it would be best to either stop smoking or start formula feeding. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Things you can do to protect baby if you continue to smoke marijuana while breastfeeding…
Try to cut down on the amount that you smoke.
Never expose your baby to the second hand marijuana smoke.
Try smoking after a breastfeeding session, so that the drug has time to leave your system before you breastfeed again.
Alternatively express your breast milk before smoking.
For Marijuana Use whilst Breastfeeding...
Research and case studies done...
In this study they found that there was very little impact
up to three years old in those children who's mothers used Marijuana while breastfeeding. Beyond that
age, no impact on IQ. No relationship
of marijuana use to miscarriage, to Apgar
status, to neonatal complications,
physical abnormalities, no impact on
cognitive outcomes. Dreher Recounts Jamaican Study On Cannabis Use in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Article found here.
'The long history of cannabis in women’s medicine supports further
therapeutic investigation and application to a large variety of difficult clinical
conditions. Cannabis as a logical medical alternative in obstetrics and
gynecology may yet prove to be, in the words of Robson (1998), a phoenix whose
time it is to rise once more.' Cannabis Treatments
in Obstetrics and Gynecology:
A Historical Review by Ethan Russo.
NB ~ You should never breastfeed if you are using cocaine, heroin or PCP this can have serious bad side effects on baby and may even cause death.