Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy. Many women assume that because its use has now been legalized in some US states, it’s harmless to their fetus or infant. But marijuana still goes through the placenta and the mother’s milk. MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Dr. Isabel Basaldu-Prado, at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, says that “marijuana can actually decrease the maternal milk supply so it’s actually working against the mom if she truly wants to breastfeed.” In terms of effects on the baby, Dr. Basaldu-Prado says “the biggest thing that she (the mother) will probably notice is poor suckle reflex – the baby will not suckle or will not eat as much as you would expect because of the effects of the marijuana.”

Listen to the full interview at Born to be Breastfed

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