Cannabis and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know


Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is one of the most widely used substances during pregnancy in the United States. However, emerging data raise concerns about its impact on fetal development and long-term consequences for infants exposed to cannabis via breastfeeding. Let’s explore what the research tells us.

Cannabis and breastfeeding

Pregnancy and Marijuana Use

  • In 2016, approximately 4.9% of pregnant women aged 15 to 44 reported marijuana use in the past month, compared to 11% of nonpregnant women in the same age group.
  • Rates of marijuana use vary among different age groups, with young pregnant women showing higher usage rates.
  • Urban studies have reported rates between 15% and 28% among socioeconomically disadvantaged pregnant women.

Effects of Cannabis on Fetal Development

  • Cannabinoids can cross the placenta and potentially impact fetal development.
  • Neurodevelopmental Implications: While more research is needed, concerns exist regarding the effects of marijuana exposure on fetal development and later neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Cannabis and Breastfeeding

Safety of Cannabidiol (CBD)


While we await more comprehensive studies, healthcare providers should educate pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential risks associated with cannabis use. Always prioritize the health and well-being of both mother and child. 🌿👶

Remember to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice. If you have any specific concerns, seek professional guidance. Stay informed and make informed choices! 😊🌱





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