Can you breastfeed your baby and consume CBD?

Posted by Open HempShop Team on Apr 30th 2024

Can you breastfeed your baby and consume CBD?

Due to the increasing use of CBD to alleviate various discomforts, many mothers today are curious about whether they can take CBD while breastfeeding their baby. To adequately address this concern, it is necessary to understand how breast milk is produced and how what mothers consume can affect their own milk. Let's briefly look at the process.

Breastfeeding is a natural practice whose importance is increasingly recognized worldwide. It not only provides all the nutrients a baby needs to grow and develop healthily during the first few months of life but also offers numerous health benefits for the mother, including reducing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, faster postpartum recovery, and strengthening the mother-child emotional bonds.

Breast milk is produced as a response of the body to the hormonal demand generated during pregnancy and the early days of the postpartum period. The endocrine system, responsible for this response, initially produces a substance called colostrum - the first milk secreted by the mother - which provides the baby with its first nutrients due to its high concentration of immune cells and antibodies.

After colostrum is produced, the body begins to manufacture regular breast milk, rich in fat, lactose, vitamins, and essential proteins, which will be maintained over time according to the baby's daily demand and other factors associated with the woman's personal conditions and her consumption of foods, beverages, and other substances.

Throughout the process, the content of breast milk will depend greatly on what the mother ingests, and to ensure the highest quality of milk, a healthy and balanced diet free from medications and substances that could harm the baby and affect their development will be essential.

As our readers know, CBD is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant, from which marijuana, a drug whose consumption by a breastfeeding woman can have serious effects on the infant, is also extracted. Although commercial CBD products come from a cannabis genetic line that has a minimal proportion of THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana), and furthermore, the vast majority of companies that market it take the necessary measures to produce high-quality CBD, it is not clear whether it is safe to consume it during breastfeeding.

According to the above, everything a mother consumes is transferred to breast milk, including CBD oil, so there would be a need for specific studies on the effects of CBD oil on breast milk, which are currently lacking.

Therefore, although there is no doubt that CBD may offer some potential benefits in suitable environments and circumstances, mothers should avoid ingesting it during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the lack of existing information, as research is in its infancy and many questions remain unanswered.

For now, it seems advisable to avoid the consumption of CBD oil during breastfeeding until reliable evidence is available to recognize any potential impact or side effects, both for the mother and the child.

However, topical CBD products such as creams and cosmetics could be a viable option, as the CBD contained in them does not enter the bloodstream and therefore does not affect the production of breast milk.

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