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Marijuana passed through breast milk | The NORML Stash Blog

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20 responses to “Marijuana passed through breast milk”

  1. BaltimoreBabe

    I smoked throughout my whole pregnancy up until the day I have birth! My daughter is strong, healthy, and smart but yet I’m the only one who smoked during my pregnancy in my family and the other children experienced troubles such as jaundice and poor development. I’m not saying it’s okay, I had a very stressful time during myp pregnancy and pot helped me through it. I wouldn’t eat and my doc told me to just keep smoking cause it’s helping. I’ve been breastfeeding and smoking only a couple hits every once in a while and I must say, I have never felt so close to my baby when I did! I had been waiting forever to feel that “natural satisfaction” through breastfeeding and nothing made me more sensi :-) tive towards it than pot.

  2. Amanda Richard

    I was told by AZ CPS that the only way they wouldnt take my child, was if i told them that I would not breastfeed him because I use Marijuana.

  3. kkat

    I find it interesting that so many people say it goes through the breastmilk, and how horrible and irresponsible it is to smoke while breastfeeding. Yet when I had my daughter cesarean my doctor prescribed me percacet. I asked if it was safe since I was breast feeding, and was informed by my doctor that it was perfectly safe as very little of anything I took in actually went to the baby. As the milk was mostly just vitamins minerals and other necessities that the baby needed. He told me that smoking cigarettes didn’t put but maybe trace amounts into the milk. The main thing I needed to worry about was taking in enough calories to make sure I produced enough milk.

  4. Joy

    I guess the only logical thing to do is “drug test” your baby or a willing participant…. i don’t believe it should be called a drug. the saying it is a gateway drug is over used and a lame reasoning. Tylenol is a gateway drug…eventually you will need something stronger and then what afer that perscription drugs….i smoked during my pregnancy and occasionally during my time breastfeeding, i have no concerns for my childen all are health n smart…my oldest son and youngest daughter are testing at near genius levels and make me very proud. things like a.d.d and attention problems with my other daughter are definately genetic as that has been proven. Also if they get cancer that is also genetic in my family! no one has proven with hard facts and evidence it has any effect…

  5. leaky

    i wish there was good and thorough research on breastfeeding and using marijuana. I’m a breastfeeding mom and have specific questions about this topic–urg! frustrating…

    Hypothetically: If a breast feeding mom takes 1-2 hits but waits a day before breastfeeding, is the concentration of THC lowered in the breast milk?

    Does THC harm babies development???

    There needs to be an expert NORML researcher researching this topic

  6. Shay

    Ok, I am confused. Is it safe to smoke while you are breastfeeding?

  7. d-lough

    the thc is going into your lungs and into the blood, to the brain, increasing the dopamine production, down the liver and out attaching to the fat cells. the breast milk contains the essentials for the child’s survival, like vitamins and minerals, and carbs proteins and fats. hmm.. where would the fat come from that the body need’s for that milk.. their own body. and if the fat used has thc attached to it then you’d have to see how it could be passed through the milk.

  8. pbeal

    She didn’t actually give any facts,
    this is not a fact
    “There is a higher concentration of marijuana in breast milk than in the mother’s bloodstream so these babies are getting a fair amount of marijuana,”
    There is no pharmacological substance known as marijuana a real expert would have said THC or THC metabolite

    This statement is not backed up by a cite of any studies since this is supposed to be about facts she needs to cite
    “Regular users of marijuana, those who smoke it several times a week, also have a higher rate of depression, and marijuana can lead to addiction if the user is genetically predisposed to becoming an addict”

  9. april

    great for information i really appreciate all the comentary. As a personal descision I won’t be smoking and breastfeeding though it has crossed my mind, BUT I definitely can’t hate on anyone who does!

  10. nilitta

    people take drugs by the handful while they are pregnant and breastfeeding, chemically engineered substances, and dr’s dish them out without so much as a second glance.
    I would so much rather take a natural substance to combat nasty morning sickness and the general aches and pains that come with my several health conditions.

  11. que in the que

    Wow! We are in trouble when an important debate is so weak that we have to attack the person. Did anyone read the article before they jumped to a conclusion? I did not see where she came out anti anything. She is trying to get people to think. Take the hint, the information is factual and has a clear scientific foundation. If you are going to use, know the facts, don’t hide from them.

  12. Wayne

    Teus and I were on the same track and he provided an important missing piece. See my take at planetcrunch.com/blog

  13. pooky420

    Tell me I didn’t abstain for nothing!

  14. ray

    Isn’t there a cannabinoid substance released in the milk the first time that a mother breastfeeds that is important to the human immune system?

  15. Teus

    This item really caught my attention. I am always fascinated when I come across a new “expert”. So Sarah Kabalka, who are you? Not much online about any experts named Kabalka, except for George Kabalka, a distinguished (and published in reviewed journals) scientist in the field of Radiology. That’s not it!

    Oh! How about the RN liscensed in New Mexico? Liscense # R46765. That looks like a closer fit. Not a very common name, after all. Hmm, seems to be some problems there though. That Sarah Kabalka doesn’t seem to be board recognized as a specialist in anything. And what’s this? Placed on probation by the NM Board of Nursing for 1 year in Jun 2004? Oh, my! And then “suspended summarily” in Dec 2005? And again in Feb 2006 – “suspended 2 years; must serve 8 months, then probate”. Say it ain’t so! And her liscense to expire the end of this month?Wonder if the NM BoN will be renewing her?

    Of course, it could be a completely different Sarah Kabalka. Perhaps the one referenced in a Nov 2008 article in the Reno Gazette-Journal by staff member Maggie O’Neill. Nope, couldn’t be, that Sarah Kabalka is “a registered nurse with nearly 20 years of experience with the elderly and a health expert for the online web site justanswer.com” according to O’Neill.

    Or could there be a third Sarah Kabalka who has managed to become an expert in the field of addiction without leaving any traces online while doing so? Or perhaps (just perhaps) there is but only one Sarah Kabalka, a troubled RN in NM, who has had difficulty keeping a job (what with all the disciplinary issues) and has been making spare change answering questions on justanswer? Has this poor woman suddenly been thrust into the national spot light by lazy reporters from the New York Daily News and UPI.

    I don’t have the answers, but I’m sure a real investigative journalist can find out a fair bit more.

    Will the real Sarah Kabalka please stand up?

  16. AcidPancake

    I agree:) moderation is what its all about…but the 4ft bong ripp joke was hilarious! :-D

  17. pooky420

    When I was breastfeeding, I rather assumed that THC would pass through the breastmilk. Actually, I abstained from THC, Alcohol and tobacco from conception through weening. Duh!

  18. Jillian

    regardless of its potential harms one thing you can’t say about marijuana is that it causes death, as opposed to its prohibition which does.

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