Breastfeeding & You
Can I drink alcohol when breastfeeding?
Alcohol can pass through your bloodstream and into your breastmilk. This is not safe for your baby. The amount of alcohol in your breastmilk is about the same level of alcohol in your bloodstream. Only time can reduce the amount of alcohol in the milk. (You can test to make sure there is no alcohol in your breastmilk, but we don’t have tested test-information.)
Using alcohol while breastfeeding can make it difficult for your body to produce the breast milk your baby needs.
Mothers who have been drinking should not bed-share with their babies as their natural reflexes will be affected.
Is marijuana safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
No, there is no known safe amount of marijuana to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. No matter how it’s used or when it is used THC always gets passed to your baby.
If you use marijuana while breastfeeding, your child is exposed to it. THC is stored in fat cells, so pumping and dumping doesn’t work. THC can remain in your breast milk even after you’ve stopped using it. You can pump and dump with alcohol – but it takes time to leave your body. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Secondhand smoke from marijuana has many of the same cancer-causing chemicals as tobacco smoke. Make the safest, healthiest and most responsible choice and keep your home smoke-free/vape-free.
The continued use of an existing medicine or substance has different consequences when you are pregnant. It might be unsafe for your baby. Before you stop, talk to your doctor about all medicines and substances you use. Your doctor will help your figure out if there are safer options. Together, you might decide the benefits of marijuana use are greater than the risks, and can recommend marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding.