Smoking Marijuana and Breastfeeding....

Before becoming a parent, my husband and I were regular marijuana users. I found the effects of marijuana on my life to be positive. I was relaxed, soothed, able to focus and found myself to be a much less high strung person to be around. When I found out I was pregnant (3 weeks in) I quit my usage for fear of harming my baby. I couldn't find anything conclusive one way or the other for research of marijuana's effects of pregancy, so I erred on the side of caution. My daughter is now 10+ months old, healthy, amazingly bright and still breastfeeding. I find myself feeling stressed, obsessing over little, uncontrolable things, tense and occasionally unpleasant to be around. I am wondering if it is kosher to go back to some very light usage even though I am still nursing? Is it more beneficial for my daughter to have breastmilk without any possible THC/effects/whatevers or a mother who is relaxed, focused and not on edge 24-7? I haven't done anything yet, I'm just not sure. I am finally ready to explore this issue as I miss marijuana for it's positive benefits as opposed to just vegging out in front of the tube with a sack of chips. I am planning on only using in a responsible manner, when my chld is in the care of others and not when I am alone with her or in front of her. I am not looking to get super-baked here, just trying to find my balance again....Any thoughts or personal experiences? Thank you for a non-judgemental read...
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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016-
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It sounds as though you may be experiencing anxiety and the use of the substance is eliminating that for you. Personally (trying not to be judgemental here) I wouldn't go back to smoking it. Wouldn't you rather seek out counselling and learn useful life skills to help cope with what you're experiencing? I also used to use marijuana and drink a lot to get over social anxiety but have since been taught life skills and useful tools to deal with every-day living. It's so worth it!

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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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when my daughter was 3 mths old i was going insane from being a new mum, not sleeping and all the rest, one day I got so angry I almost smacked her (something I am totally against).  My flatmate who is a nurse offered me a cone and said that I needed to chill before I did something I would regret, so I did.  And was then able to give my daughter 100 percent of my attention, I was able to laugh and simply was a nicer mum and person to be around.  4 years later I still will have a cone if I feel like I am getting too angry and four years later I still have never smacked my daughter.  I think marijuana has if anything made me a better mum.  I always smoke in moderation, and never get so wasted that all I did was sit in front of the television.  I always make sure that my child is safe.  Its a personal choice and only you know whether or not you can be around your child stoned, but my only advice is to do it in moderation, and smoke away from your child as 2nd hand smoke is the killer.  Good luck

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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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I know exactly how you feel. I smoked dope like a chimney for nearly 15 years it goes with the cheffing trade. I to gave up when I found out I was pregnant along with cigarettes alcohol party drugs and whatever pre children life lets you take for granted. Its realy hard because smoking is not just the drug it is like a culture, a ritual, a set of friends. But it is also an addiction.Still 4 years later I dont smoke but I still miss it even now . I know though if I got hold of smoke I might tell myself just a little bit to chill but I would want it all the tim again in no time at all. I guess thats why alcoholics can never drink again I think anything that is your own personal demon is like that. ?But yeah its realy hard.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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congratulations for having the courage and common sense to ask even though you knew you might get flamed. I've read some great advise you were given and hope you find the strength to take it on board. good for you and good luck.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Ten months well done keep going it sounds like it would be hard especially if your partner and friends do it to but the most important thing is you are a mum with a beautiful baby do you want your relationship to be about you  your baby and how you really feel or about marijuana. Find some friends who don't do it. I think life is about knowing what you are thinking this is how we make the right choices so if you are after permission no you are a strong person you can do it not the marijuana. I think it is wrong to do marijuana around your children even if you think they don't know they do and it will effect them emotionally as well I am not saying you but other people who drink round their children are also showing a bad role model and form past experience with parents I have meet who drink the children told me how much they hate their parents drinking so with parents who smoke ect that's what your children think because when you are doing these things you are not their for your child. I have never drunk smoke or anything in my life but have observed others doing so it makes me feel very angry upset and disappointed for them and their children and I think it shows that you don't need it by not doing it for ten months it is a false happiness find your real happiness by just being you and your baby. Please make the right choice I know how hard it is being a mum but try to look at the happy bits like when they smile,laugh,crawl  try to walk you will miss out on these things if you go back enjoy them with your child it is ok to feel stressed I am the most stressful person around but take comfort in knowing I am their for my children and what I am thinking is realality and part of life.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Firstly, it is GREAT you did not smoke during pregnancy and you are asking advise before starting up again! Secondly, congratulations for breastfeeding bub, you have given her a great start to life! Being a mum is hard - there are many times I feel stressed etc.  But that is part of the package. There is no safe amount of this drug to use.  I know of people that have developed severe side effects from just one use. Being a mum means you need to be alert at all times.  Would you ever forgive yourself if you had an accident while 'under the influence' and harmed you baby? Life is a struggle, we learn through life's challenges.  'Taking the edge off' with any drug, dulls our senses and reduces our brain's ability to function. You are lucky, you are off the drug, don't go back on. Look for other ways  of getting through the day (hobbies, yoga, music, cooking, - whatever you like).  If you are set on starting up again.  I would STRONGLY advise weaning completely first.  Her little brain is still developing.  The drug will mean she is unable to develop emotionally and may also harm her intellectually. Do some research! If you are an edgy person, fine, accept it, it is who you are.  It is ok.  You don't need to go back onto the drug. Your child will benefit more from a stressed mum (it is reality), then a drugged one.  Be yourself. Let her get to know the real you.  She deserves that. Wishing you all the very best.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Thank you to you and everyone on your positive, non-judgemental responses. For now I think I will wait and try harder to make tiny time for myself. Getting right  down to it, I never make any time to spoil myself, allowing any of my personal needs to fall to the wayside, short of basic upkeep. I just want to give my daughter the best and I guess that would also mean a mother who is all there emotionally, etc. I am going to try and track down a yoga class and see where it takes me...Thanks ladies!

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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BTW, since you asked for personal experience, yes I've been there and done that too and although I still get the occassional urge for it I'm never going there again. I find myself feeling stressed, obsessing over little, uncontrolable things, tense and occasionally unpleasant to be around. That is perfectly normal for a mother with such a young baby. It's also perfectly normal to feel more tense, more paranoid, more anxious, more depressed, and behave more erratically for a while after marajuana use has stopped. It can take up to a couple of years to get a grip on it all and start getting back to normal, but the longer you're off it the easier it gets. For those that smoked heavily for most of their life, getting that grip on reality may simply never happen for them as the effects on the brain can end up being permanent, particularly if smoked when very young. Unfortunately, most marajuana smokers can't see that effect and will deny it until the day they die, but believe me, once you've been off it long enough to get over those negative coming-off it side effects, and you sit back and look at the behaviour of other users compared to everyone else, you can pick a pot smoker by their personality when they aren't on it without even having to ask if they smoke it. From my personal experience, I would say try to stay off it given that you've gotten as far as you have, and try to find alternative ways to deal with everything. If you go back to it and your supply runs dry for a while, the tension is worse and your unpleasantness to be around will be more extreme until you either get more or get used to being off it again. But I'm not going to judge your decision. I tell my stoner friends what I think when they are daft enough to ask my opinion and then I sit there and cop the "wtf would you know, don't knock the way I live" abusive attitude, I laugh and say 'yeah, okay, whatever' and leave them to it. Doesn't stop me being a friend to them though.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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I would probably suggest having a chat to your GP about your feelings just to rule out the possibilty of it being something serious like PND etc. There are probably some problems that pot might make worse-so best to rule them out before going there. On the side of BF and pot use. What you would need is to chat to an expert in the drug field. If you were in Australia I'd give you a number but since you're in the US you might like to contact the La Leche league and ask them for a recommendation on who they would consider an expert. Here if I rang the number I have they would go through with me the effects the drugs would have on bubs and myself and more importantly on my supply. If the drug (whether illegal or not) was something I still wished to use they would help me work out a way to take it while minimising the effects on BF and my baby. This might be an option to explore. IMO using pot is in the same league as smoking ciggies or drinking alcohol. Some information and common sense applied can help you work out what's best for you. Good luck. PS ex pot smoker who depsite going through loads of stress has never taken up the urge to have another smoke since falling preggars in 2002.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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In all honesty, it wouldn't be something I'd personally risk. But that is just me. As mentioned previously, there are alternatives to smoking marijuana & breastfeeding. I would be inclined to seek a more natural approach than smoking. I wouldn't want traces of it in my childs system! Not only that, but judging by the text below, it could affect your supply. MARIJUANA The active component of marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is fat soluble and is rapidly distributed into brain and adipose (fatty) tissue. The analysis of breastmilk in chronic heavy marijuana users shows an eightfold accumulation in breastmilk compared to plasma. Infants exposed to marijuana through breastmilk will test positive in urine screens for two to three weeks. Breastfeeding infants absorb and metabolise THC and their exposure occurs at a time when growth and development, particularly glial and myelin formation in the central nervous system, is progressing at a rapid rate (Tennes et al 1985; Astley & Little 1990). Animal studies have shown that structural changes occur in the brain cells of newborn animals exposed to marijuana through their mother's milk. Marijuana purportedly impairs DNA and RNA formation. Although long-term studies have not been completed, results observed in humans suggest serious and long lasting effects (Astley & Little 1990). If the mother smokes marijuana while breastfeeding or in the presence of the infant, there is also the effect of the sidestream smoke to be considered. Infants exposed to marijuana through breastmilk often exhibit signs of sedation, weakness and poor feeding patterns. Marijuana has been implicated in the reduction of basal prolactin levels and therefore, in possible decreased milk production. Marijuana use causes reality distortion, which may make it hard to cope with an emergency situation, difficulty in performing small motor activity and after the 'high' wears off, a desire for sleep, usually quite deep, in which the mother may be unresponsive to her baby's needs. The use of marijuana by breastfeeding mothers is contraindicated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The long-term effects of early exposure, especially on the infant's rapidly-developing brain are unknown. Breastfeeding mothers should be advised not to smoke. It has been suggested that breastfeeding should be avoided if the mother is a heavy user and withheld for several hours after occasional use. Measures should be taken to reduce the infant's exposure to sidestream smoke as discussed previously. Taken from : http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/drugs.html

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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I'm gonna add my 2cents in here. I was a former drug user. The effect of marjuana on your body is huge. It changes your personality and your ability to cope with every day problems. It may have also contributed to 2 of my miscarriages ( through default which I'm not gonna get into). If your struggling cope see a councillor and get real help, marjuana only masks the real cause of your anxiety and stress. I agree with whats been written above plus I'd like to add that your setting an early example that illegal drug use is not only ok but better then recieving proper help. If your child thinks its ok they may not stop at marjuana but go on to use harder drugs. Your setting your child up for failure. I know that alot of people are gonna disagree with this, but many of my former friends came from marjuana smoking homes, some are now hard core herion addicts. One died when she choked on her own vomit. Her son is now motherless because of it. I do not apologise for being graphic, it's illegal for a reason. Get real help, please.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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  Sorry, missed something out of one sentance : I would be inclined to seek a more natural approach to the problems you are experiencing than smoking

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Great post... Personally I would think it was common sense NOT TO, however you have provided medical facts to substantiate that.  Marijuana users tend to be erratic, moody and paranoid when they aren't using, which could explain a lot; find something else to relax yourself and don't risk exposing your baby to harm, nor being incapable of looking after her properly.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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It sounds like you've put some thought into this.  Perhaps I could suggest one small thing:  try and get to 12 months breastfeeding, then switch to formula. I know 12 months is an arbitrary figure, given to us by some expert somewhere, but it's something to aim for, anyway.  I don't know the reason behind this length of time, but breastmilk is one of the best things you can do for your baby.  I stopped at 10 months with my first, because I broke both arms and couldn't feed her any more.  I felt terrible that I didn't get to 12 months, but she's fine. I'm often on edge and stressed out, guilty of the way I treat the kids and wishing I could be a perfect parent.  I think it comes with the territory.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Stuck between a rock and a hard place eh? Stress is not good for you or baby, and marijuana isn't either, so what to do??? 1. Talk to a doctor about your tension and see if there is a medication that isn't harmful to baby that will help relax you. 2. Try learning and using other non-chemical relaxation techniques, there are heaps to try! I just recently bought a punching bag to take my frustrations out on. Whatever works eh! LOL 3. Stop breastfeeding and put her onto formula. You've done well to last as long as you have, so don't feel guilty if you resort to doing that, but please try the other methods first. There is always more than one solution to every problem, try them all if necessary until you find one that works.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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well my case was not marijuana but cigarettes. I used to smoke and when i found out i was pregannt i quit. I went cold turkey and now i dont smoke anymore. I can get back on now that i am not breastfeeding but i ask myself the question " would i let my daughter smoke" NEVER. So y do it. I went crazy when i went cold turkey. The temptation was so bad. There are so many other things one can do to get their mind of. Meditation is one, cooking, cleaning the best. Have you even tried???

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Well, yes, I have tried...it is simply hard to find quiet, private time for just myself. This is my first child and I have adjusted for the most part, but there is still a tiny part of me that misses my independence. I cook to relax, I am a chef. I find it difficult to steal those moments to meditate. I will keep trying though as I believe persistance is in important part of being the best mother I can. I was simply curious about other's opinions. Good for you to be able to quit smoking cigarettes. I think it would be harder to quit cigarettes then pot. We all try our best to be good parents to our children. Sometimes our own needs seem to get lost in the wake of parental responsibilites.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Firstly your question "have you even tried" comes across a little criticising and cold. Having smoked pot myself (never during pregnancy or in front of my son) I know first hand how hard chefknife has tried, to give up cold turkey once discovering she was expecting and to continue not smoking for the proceeding 10 months, she has done exceptionally well. She was simply asking if the thc would affect her bub through the breastmilk (and it will as the fantastic advice given above states) and weather it would be more beneficial to either stay off it and continue to be a stressed out mum (which is not good for either mum or bub or if there were some way around having very small amounts on the odd occasion that will clear her head and keep her moods more level (which is what it did for me). So to answer on behalf of her, I think she has more than tried and has been successful thus far and I'm sure if she decides to follow some of the fantastic advice given she will continue to be successful. I am not advocating that you begin smoking pot again and agree with the fantastic advice here about trying to find a safer alternative before deciding to return to pot. Best of luck and I hope you can sort out your problem.

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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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