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A new study is showcasing that ingesting marijuana even after giving birth can affect a babies development if its mother is breastfeeding. 

In a recent article in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the study showed that traces of marijuana can stay in breast milk up to a week. It also noted that marijuana use among pregnant women has increased by 62 percent between 2002 and 2014. 

Many mothers turn to marijuana for relief from nausea and anxiety after giving birth, and many, as other reports claim, even during pregnancy. But doctors are warning pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to stay off from marijuana, for the safety of their child. 

“The problem is that marijuana, or the actual component is called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is actually stored in fatty tissue in the human. As this is released, it can actually affect cell development as well as protein synthesis, which means that the development, particularly of the brain, is being affected by the marijuana ,” said Corpus Christi Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Denise Lochner. 

Dr. Lochner went on to warn “When you have a baby developing in utero, which means in pregnancy, or even afterwards with breastfeeding, the rapid brain development is potentially being harmed. The long-term affects are unknown, but it seems to have some sort of effect on development or even on the intellect of the child later in life.”

More research is needed to determine what impact marijuana use could have on babies, but in the meantime, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a response to the new report recommending that pregnant and nursing mothers stay away from marijuana in any form. 

Source: https://kristv.com/coastal-bend-health/2018/09/10/harmful-effects-of-marijuana-while-breastfeeding/

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