The FDA strongly discourages the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Doctors strongly recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies if they can. Breast milk is perfectly balanced for the baby's needs, as it provides the nutrients it needs to grow and strengthen the immune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises against using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding.
However, a surprising new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that breast milk containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana, may not harm premature babies. This new finding could mean that parents who breastfeed in the NICU can safely feed their newborns while using THC products. Until more research and studies are available that can demonstrate the short- and long-term effects of THC on a developing baby, the usual recommendation is to avoid THC and CBD.