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breastfeeding & drugs...

i hav a friend whose breastfeeding her kid & does coke often. i tried 2 talk 2 her about it, but she wont listen 2 me...does it actually get in ur breast milk & pass 2 the baby? she claims it doesnt. just curious

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:55 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i think the bigger issue is that she has a baby and is doing coke

    Answer by pookipoo at 1:57 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • And YES it does pass through to the breast milk....anything that goes into her gets into the breast milk....thats why they have you pump and dump after drinking and advise that you dont smoke while is deff getting into babys system.

    Answer by landons.mama at 2:00 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • It does. and if talking to your friend isnt enough for her to take heed and stop, then you should probably take action. I'm sure you love your friend, but getting her help will save her and the babies life. You've be doing them both an unmatchable favor.


    Answer by sugahmamma at 2:01 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • You need to call cps that child is doing cole with her. I know it is hard but sometimes you have to stand up and do what is right for that baby

    Answer by heather.darin at 2:03 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • i agree with heather.darin! yes the coke does go to the baby. friend or not, she in endangering herself and the baby and cps needs to get involved. sounds like she is in denial about coke reaching the baby and she needs some help

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 2:24 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • The coke will go to the baby and IS harmful. To BOTH of them./ DO her a favor and call CPS. Better they get called NOW than calling the coroner for the baby instead.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:50 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I can't say with any certainty whether or not this passes into the milk, but it's not something I'd chance. You need to have a serious talk with her. Do some research, see if you can find anything to show her. This is much more serious then a drink or two, a hit or two, or a cigarette.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Cocaine used during breastfeeding is never safe in any amount. Women who use cocaine regularly should not breastfeed, as it would be almost impossible to avoid infant exposure. Cocaine readily passes into breast milk and appears to be readily absorbed from an infant's intestinal tract. Infant cocaine exposure is related to increased (dangerous) heart rate, increased blood pressure, extreme irritability, agitation, increased startle reflex, choking and vomiting. The metabolites of cocaine are slowly metabolized and a breastfed infant`s urine can test positive for cocaine for days after exposure. In fact, cocaine levels in the maternal milk can be eight times as high as the level of cocaine in the mother's blood. This is because cocaine is highly soluable in fat.

    Call CPS asap for the baby's sake. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:52 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Coke definitely passes in breastmilk and if talking with her about has done nothing then you need to call CPS ASAP for the child's sake.

    Answer by aeneva at 3:46 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • The child is already addicted, that much passes through. when she stops breast feeding her kid is going to go through whithdrawls and will need to go to the hospital.

    I worked at drug rehabilitation centers for 4 1/2 years and my father has a PHD in traspersonal phycology focusing on family dynamics with addiction and opened 3 rehabs.

    Answer by zoozleroo at 7:04 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

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