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Ep. 102- Marijuana and Breastfeeding

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Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to smoke marijuana while lactating? Today your fearless cohosts tackle the big one: using cannabis while breastfeeding. In this episode, Heather and Maureen do an overview of what we know to date: risks, benefits, statistics, assumptions, bias, and more! Join them to think critically about the current recommendations put forth form experts and health organizations.


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Resources from this episode:

Dan Rodriguez Shout Out!

FDA statement about cannabis

Dr. Hale, Founder of Infant Risk

Studies Referenced:

Marijuana | Breastfeeding | CDC

Adolescent Initiation of Cannabis Use and Early-Onset Psychosis – PubMed (

ABM Clinical Protocol #21: Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Substance Use or Substance Use Disorder, Revised 2015 (

Effects of Marijuana on the Fetus and Breastfeeding Infants. | InfantRisk Center

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes | Pediatrics | American Academy of Pediatrics (

Marijuana and Breastfeeding : MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (

Cannabis – Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) – NCBI Bookshelf (

Knopf, A. (2020). FDA on CBD in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Brown University Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter, 36(4), 9–10.

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2006-. Cannabis. [Updated 2021 Nov 15].

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

Referenced Milk Minute Podcast Episodes:

Ep. 93- Breastfeeding and Opioid Use Disorder

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