Our expert says:
Hallo Concerned friend
I agree that there are reasons to be very concerned. Chronic alcohol use depletes the body of necessary vitamins and healthy calories that the baby would need to develop and may cause growth retardation. Sigarettes and Marijuana will also have effects on the development and overall health of the baby. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, will be stored in mom's fat tissues for long periods (weeks to months) and will build up in the body with continued use. Small to moderate secretion into breastmilk has been documented, and THC is concentrated in human milk. Marijuana can cause sleepiness in the baby, which can lead to slow weight gain and possibly slow overall development in the baby long term. In addition, babies whose mothers smoke marijuana regularly have a higher risk of Sudden infant death syndrome and have slower brain development.
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