Marijuana & Milk
The research on the effects of marijuana while breastfeeding is limited, but it is known that traces of THC — the chemical in marijuana that causes you to feel high — can be found in urine of babies whose mothers use marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists currently advise breastfeeding moms NOT to use marijuana. Also, they warn that “pumping and dumping” — a common practice when a woman imbibes in alcohol then throws out her breastmilk for the next 12 to 24 hours — does not work with marijuana because the THC is stored in fat and stays in the system for a much longer time.
To learn more, download the fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Mother's Milk Bank
Littleton Adventist Hospital is proud to partner with Mother's Milk Bank (MMB), a Colorado based nonprofit program that collects, processes, tests, and provides human donor milk to babies across the country. Babies who receive the milk may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive. Human milk benefits infants through nutritional, immunological, developmental, social, economic and environmental reasons.
Are you interested in becoming a milk donor? You are likely to qualify as a donor if you are:
- In good health
- A non-smoker
- Not taking medications on a regular basis
- A person with an abundant supply of milk
Milk donors must undergo a blood test and health screening, be willing to donate a minimum of 150 ounces total and have a medical release form signed by the mother’s and baby’s doctors.
For more information on donating or receiving milk, contact us: