Steven Ross: THC harmful to babies |

Steven Ross: THC harmful to babies

During this week’s Children’s Hospital of Colorado’s sixth annual Neonatal Advanced Practice Conference, it was mentioned that next month the American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing its recommendations for young mothers, who are considering using marijuana products during their pregnancy and consuming marijuana while breast feeding their infant.

The use of breast milk contaminated with marijuana is remarkably harmful to the brain of an infant. Marijuana products bind at an extraordinary level to the fats in breast milk, producing levels eight times higher in breast milk than a mother’s blood.

There is not a safe level of THC consumption during a woman’s pregnancy, and there are increasing concerns for the infant’s IQ, memory and cognitive development. Although alcohol has been legal since Prohibition, it is not safe for a pregnant woman to consume it, and it is much the same for marijuana.

Speak with your obstetrician, and schedule a visit with your infant’s medical office.

Steven Ross, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Steamboat Springs

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