If you smoke marijuana and breastfeed, the active chemical in marijuana is passed to your baby through your milk. For this reason, most experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, advise nursing moms to abstain from marijuana while breastfeeding.
For ethical reasons, very little research has been done on the effects of marijuana on a breastfeeding baby. But we do know that traces of the active chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, stay in the body for four to six weeks and are found in the urine of breastfeeding babies whose mothers use marijuana. THC is fat soluble, which means it builds up with chronic use and can be stored in fat tissue for months.
We also know that babies are much more vulnerable than adults to illness, infection, chemicals, and so on. That alone is a compelling reason to avoid marijuana and anything else potentially harmful that can enter your baby's body through your milk.
There is a bit more information in this article.
Seems the father is trying anything and everything to justify not returning the child after a visit. I'm glad this has been bumped up to Family Court, where the judges are more used to looking at highly contentious cases.
This dude made a call on what was essentially a medical issue ... Based on research from google. That's appalling. He should have deferred to an expert witness with medical training. Google - seriously? wtf.
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