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Lit Tits - A Blog Series on Cannabis & Lactation

Updated: Jun 15, 2022



As an advocate for the responsible usage of cannabis amongst adults, I have been compelled to write about marijuana use and lactation for quite some time. It is glossed over in lactation school but it shouldn't be and we do have answers, and each support group will yield at least one cannabis question so might want to be prepared to answer. Now as capitalism has been married to the budding weed industry, pun intended, dispensaries open as frequently as Starbucks. Using cannabis recreationally and medicinally has become less taboo, at least here in San Diego, so I knew it was finally "acceptable" to have this conversation publicly.



Rhianna is the newest Black celebrity to be pregnant and glowing! What will she and other mamas do when they want to blaze up after having her little one if those baby blues hit too hard?


Many parents have this question and today I'm here to give you some answers!


Don't worry Riri, "if you are reading this, it's not too late", I got you boo...call me if you need a postpartum doula or lactation consultant, I will travel sis!



Is it ok to take a few puffs of a joint if I’m making milk?” Well your answer depends on a few individual things…define what a few puffs is:




  • What you smoking (strain & THC %)

  • How you smoking it?

  • Pipe, vape, blunt, joint?

  • Does it contain any added substances? other recreational drugs or additives?

  • Have you used it before?

  • If so, how well do you respond to it? What are your effects?

  • What are the benefits to using it?

  • What are the risks associated with not using it?

  • What are the risks associated with breastfeeding?

  • What are the benefits of using it while breastfeeding?

  • Will someone be home with you?

  • Do you have milk stored?

  • Do you plan to combo feed?

  • Donor milk options? Into informal milk sharing?

  • Was or is your baby premature? Did they stay in the NICU?





As I've started to get this question at every breastfeeding support group, I’ve compiled this list of things I’ve asked parents when they ask me this question. This is for my own research and data points so I can have anecdotal evidence to provide as I’m asked so frequently and would rather have something to say than nothing. To best support my clients, I like to stay up on current research with regards to lactation. Between professional workshops and such, I find myself obsessively going down internet rabbit holes while doing research on cannabis and human milk consumption, unapologetic Google university alumni and Wikipedia scholar here!





I have seen a significant increase in the numbers of both pregnant and breastfeeding parents who are using marijuana these days, likely increased to manage the surmounting toxic stress of the pandemic and systemic societal issues.


Joel Gator Warsh, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, California. He has also seen a rise in marijuana use in his patients. “I do feel that the benefit of breastfeeding outweighs the risks from THC. If one has to decide to breastfeed or not, this study lends additional data that parents should continue to breastfeed as much as possible and interested, even if using THC.”


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