Cannabis use can raise many questions for breastfeeding mothers. If I use cannabis, what are the risks to me and my baby? Is it safe to use? How can I limit the risks?
In collaboration with the CISSS des Laurentides, Nourri-Source Laurentides has developed a project to equip the breastfeeding coaches, father-volunteers and parents to make informed choices regarding the use of cannabis in a breastfeeding context.
Our breastfeeding coaches are trained to answer questions coming from the mothers and their partners regarding the use of cannabis while breastfeeding. They have several tools to help them make an informed choice.
Frequently asked questions
It is possible to reduce the risks by:
- choosing a legal product;
- reducing the amount, frequency or content of THC ;
- avoiding child exposure to cannabis smoke;
- choosing a period where the feedings are spaced a few hours apart;
- provide an alternative method of feeding, such as expressed breast milk, before using cannabis.
How can I get a Nourri-Source Laurentides breastfeeding coach to discuss cannabis use or answer my questions?
It is possible to request a breastfeeding coach at any time on the Nourri-Source Laurentides website under the tab Services.
Depending on the method of consumption, the effect felt and the amount of THC present in breast milk will vary. Refer to a lactation consultant for more details depending on the mode of consumption chosen.
- He does not latch on well;
- He is not drinking enough milk: not enough wet and soiled diapers per day;
- He’s not gaining enough weight;
- He seems irritable or sleepy.
Contact 811 to speak to a nurse.