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Cannabis and breastfeeding

Julie 4 Rep.

Hi There

I am a midwife working at a specialized alcohol and drug service for pregnant women in Australia.  I read Philippa Pearson-Glaze’s review of the literature relating to cannabis and breastfeeding with great interest.  It provides all the latest research succinctly and in a way that people can understand in order to make an informed decision.  The woman we see are usually not recreational users of cannabis but heavy users who are dependent on cannabis. As there is a lack of evidence stating breastfeeding should not occur in the presence of maternal cannabis use, we try to weigh up the risks and benefits in each individual case.  What would you be recommending when women are dependent on cannabis? Perhaps smoking 1/2-1 gram of cannabis a day?

I am wondering if I could possibly get a PDF version of the article please rather than off the internet as it is full of advertisements?

Thank you



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