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help for a friend

my best friend happens to have gotten prego and delivered the same week i did, 02/06/10. she went to a party last night and had three hits of a joint of marijuana. she is going crazy and regrets doing it so much and says she doesnt know what got over her. she is breastfeeding and doesnt want to stop nursing but doesnt want to nurse her child after hitting the joint last night. can you help answer her questions. please and thank you. shes sitting here in tears and needs our help. she is venting shes an awful mother because of it but im trying to tell her everyone makes mistakes and just dont do it again...

1. can i still nurse?
2. how long will it take the thc to leave my system so i wont deliver it through the baby in my milk?
3. should i pump and dump to get rid of it? would that even help? if it would how long should i pump and dump for?
4. what should i do?

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Asked by momamay2010 at 7:17 PM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • "marijuana will continue to leach out of the mothers' adipose tissue for weeks, but those levels in milk are probably subclinical and would not bother "neuropsychologically" an infant.

    They would make the infant drug-screen-positive...but this doesn't mean levels are even close to 'clinical'. Remember, you can smoke marijuana, have clinical ranges for a few hours, but the adipose tissue is filled with marijuana and will leak this out for many days...even though it has NO clinical effect on the individual.

    And yes, the infant will be drug-screen-positive...but this doesn't mean the infant is having clinical effects from the drug at all.

    It is safe to breastfeed 24 hours after exposure to marijuana. Yes, the infant will get nanoquantities of THC, but it will not have a clinical effect on the infant.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:23 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Pumping and dumping will not "get rid of it". It will leave the milk the same time/way it leaves the bloodstream. She needs to pump and dump to maintain her milk supply until she breastfeeds again.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:25 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • if her baby's blood comes up positive for her marijuan useage, wont her child be taken from her? thats whats scaring her the most.

    Answer by momamay2010 at 7:32 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Is there already a child services case open on her where they are monitoring her and the baby? If not, no one is just going to randomly knock on her door and ask for a blood sample from the baby. It would be very unusual for them to yank the baby on an allegation alone, they really can't do that without evidence she was harming or a danger to the baby.
    Tell her to get her act together, pump and dump for 24 hours, and then stay home with that baby!!! Who goes out to a party and leaves their baby home when baby is a week old? Stop kicking yourself and learn from this mistake and reevaluate what is important.This baby will only be tiny for a few months, you have the rest of your life to party. Your baby needs you and you need to put your baby first!

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:43 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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