Marijuana use during breastfeeding poses risks that every nursing mother should be aware of and is a subject of growing concern among healthcare professionals.
- Transfer of THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can pass from the mother to the baby through breast milk. This transfer exposes the infant to potential neurological effects, affecting their development and overall health.
- Developmental Concerns: Research suggests that infants exposed to THC through breast milk might experience delays in motor development, cognitive functions, and behavioral patterns. This can potentially impact a child’s long-term growth and learning abilities.
- Unknown Long-Term Effects: Comprehensive studies on the long-term effects of marijuana exposure through breastfeeding are limited. Uncertainties linger regarding the full scope of consequences that might manifest as the child grows.
- Health Risks for the Mother: Additionally, marijuana use during breastfeeding can affect the mother’s ability to care for her infant optimally. It might impair judgment, coordination, and responsiveness, potentially compromising the safety of the baby.
It’s crucial for nursing mothers to weigh the potential risks carefully. Prioritizing the health and well-being of both the mother and the baby is essential for a thriving, nurturing environment. Explore the risks in our new resource available in both English and Spanish. Click on each image below to download.