Is it a Form of Child Abuse to......

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.....breastfeed a baby after taking a drug, illegal or otherwise. I argued last night with a woman who smokes pot on a regular basis, just had a baby, continues to smoke weed and breastfeed.  All is said is that the baby has no choice, plus there isn't any real data on the effect of cannabis on breastfeeding  infants. Perhaps that will change when it's legalized everywhere. Shit really hit the fan when I  casually mentioned that if a doctor felt it was abusive then s/he has to report it. I don't know if that could lead to a child being taken away by authorities. Personally I don't care if you smoke weed but just like any conscientious mother, as i believe this girl is, doesn't drink alcohol during pregnancy then I think the courtesy should be extended to the breastfeeding infant. But I'm old fashioned so probably wrong. Thoughts
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#2
Yes it is. Personally, I think it's child abuse to even care for a child under the influence of any substance. The world has enough problems with addiction without parents modeling the behavior.
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(Aug 2, 2018 03:23 PM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: [...] Personally I don't care if you smoke weed but just like any conscientious mother, as i believe this girl is, doesn't drink alcohol during pregnancy then I think the courtesy should be extended to the breastfeeding infant. But I'm old fashioned so probably wrong. Thoughts


Insufficient research, and what little there is may be conflicting. To be on the safe side, the scientific caution is to not do it. According to Lauren Jansson (associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University), THC loves fat and concentrates in breast milk. So it would make its way to cannabinoid receptors in the infant's brain and potentially affect cognitive development. THC is at higher levels in today's cultivated weed than what was available for those studies conducted decades ago. Another obvious-duh advice is that "Marijuana use may also impair a mother or other caregiver’s judgement and ability to care for an infant".

Alcohol is a different chemical ballgame, so the following doesn't necessarily mean anything with regard to the above.... One recent study found that alcohol in breast milk reduced cognitive ability in a way that was measurable by ages 6 to 7; and although the reduction was no longer evident by tween years, a co-author of paper asserted that such "doesn’t mean that the child has grown out of it, or that the effects of the mother’s alcohol consumption aren’t there anymore.”

Yet another, differing molecular interaction complexity... The "crack-babies" of the '80s centered around effects of cocaine during fetal stages rather than breast feeding... In the end the PCE pejorative largely turned out to be a myth, anyway. There might arguably have been "lesser magnitude" effects, though, that were glossed over by public relief over the large-scale horror slash stereotype being unfounded.

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Quote:Insufficient research


I guess one is gambling at this stage. Still not right in my mind and not worth it. Infants can't speak out.  Does legalized weed come with any warnings at all on the packaging?   Could a generation sue its parents some day? Does vaping make a difference in what's inhaled into the body?
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#5
At least nicotine (minus the tar of smoke) is no worse for a person than caffeine.
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