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CBD and Breastfeeding - Is it safe?

Taking CBD While Breastfeeding

Nobody knows how many compounds are found in marijuana, but the research suggests that there are just under 500. About 80 of those compounds are classified as ‘cannabinoids.’ Cannabinoids interact with specific receptors found in the central nervous system.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is recognized as non-intoxicating (it does not alter the state of mind). THC, on the other hand, produces a mind-altering ‘high.’ THC offers a wide assortment of therapeutic benefits, but it is unsafe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

CBD offers an impressive list of excellent health benefits and is used by many breastfeeding women worldwide. Even though it does not create a ‘high,’ there are a few things to consider before using it while breastfeeding.


Why Some Breastfeeding Mothers Use CBD Oil

CBD oil is often used to decrease postpartum depression (PPD). Up to 25% of all mothers struggle with PPD. There are many drugs that a doctor might prescribe for depression while breastfeeding, but they all have their dangers. Some of these risks may include weight gain, lightheadedness, diarrhea, sleepless nights, and a reduction in milk supply. Not only this, but drugs may be transferred to the breast milk, which poses a risk to a baby’s overall health and well-being, and may interfere with a baby’s sleep and feeding schedule. For these reasons, most mothers look for more natural ways to treat PPD.

Tramadol, for example, is a drug prescribed to breastfeeding mothers that are highly addictive, slows breathing, and can cause seizures.

Studies show that breast milk contains cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are found naturally in breast milk. These cannabinoids stimulate a newborn to suck and are primarily responsible for their desire to drink! This is one of the reasons why breast milk can never be equal to formula.

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Applying CBD oil


The Concerns Around Breastfeeding and Using CBD

There is a shortage of research to back up the safety of CBD oil while breastfeeding. Studies were done on THC use during pregnancy, and they concluded that it adversely impacts birth weight.

The FDA tested some CBD products in 2006 and found that some contained trace amounts of other cannabinoids, including THC.


Is CBD Oil Safe to Take While Breastfeeding?

It would be best if you weighed the risks yourself. CBD can help you deal with PPD, but there is not sufficient information about it to say for sure whether it is entirely safe while breastfeeding.

What we can tell for sure is that CBD is safer than THC. CBD is often prescribed to children who suffer from seizures. It presents a means to fight the problem without any intoxication.

In conclusion, even though there is not a lot of research on this matter, it is essential to know that CBD is natural medicine. It is a far cry from the opioids often prescribed that do more harm than good.

The risks of formula feeding are much more significant than those of continuing to breastfeed while using CBD. It’s almost always best to continue to breastfeed.


CBD Dosage While Breastfeeding

10mg is a typical dosage to start with. You can try a balm or use CBD oil. You can vape it. Most breastfeeding mothers put a few drops under their tongues.

Always watch your baby for changes in behavior, feeding schedule, and diaper output.

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Tracy Behr

Mom of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Studying a breastfeeding counselor course via Childbirth int. & plant-based nutrition via the Nutrition Inst.

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