CBD is a well-known cannabinoid that can help with anxiety, depression, mood swings, pain, and many other physical and psychological conditions. Besides all these potential benefits, CBD is 100% natural and it’s a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, in other words… it doesn’t get you high. It sounds like a no-brainer to use it to cope with the discomforts of pregnancy and postpartum. Because of it, many millennial moms wonder ‘Can I take CBD Oil while breastfeeding?’ – While there’s no ‘right’ answer, there are many factors and strong evidence that will help you make an informed decision. However, as always consult your health provider.
CBD: A Summary
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids present in hemp. It is actually the 2nd most popular cannabinoid, aside from THC. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and its potential therapeutic properties have been studied in many countries.
Pregnancy comes with happiness and excitement but also discomfort and eventually postpartum which means… more discomfort. I couldn’t think of a better candidate for CBD than new moms. However, it is important to keep in mind that anything you take goes to your baby and there are many factors to consider before taking supplements even if they’re natural.
How can CBD help me while breastfeeding?
As a new mom, stress, anxiety, worry, feeling isolated, and lack of sleep can become part of your day affecting your mental health. CBD’s potential benefits can be very helpful in these situations.
Making sure that the baby is well-taken cared of, going with the baby’s ever-changing sleeping patterns, finding ways to make the baby stop crying, are the most common anxiety triggering stimuli a mother faces every single day. Finding a solution is very important. CBD is known for its potent anxiety relief properties. Its properties can potentially help mothers stay calm and collected all throughout the day.
As babies keep changing their sleeping patterns, mothers have to be sure that we’re available to cater whenever they need us. Having that responsibility can cause issues to the mother’s sleep pattern, duration, and quality of sleep. Some studies suggest that CBD can help in mitigating the changes in our sleep patterns.
The CDC has found out in their research that about 13% of women in the US have experienced some/all symptoms of postpartum depression. CBD is now under a phase 2 clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of CBD against depression and it shows promise to help manage depression.
Can I take CBD Oil while breastfeeding?
Now, this is the big question. Anything that a mother takes will be passed to the baby through her breast milk. It is important to understand this before taking any supplements, herbs, or anything beyond your regular diet.
Breast milk is rich in fatty acids and compounds so the milk can transfer fat-soluble substances. CBD is a fat-soluble substance so CBD can be transferred to the baby via breast milk.
That alone should raise some concerns: can CBD affect my baby negatively?
The answer: We can’t be sure. There are still ongoing studies on the subject but nothing conclusive yet. CBD is non-psychoactive and it helps maintain internal balance in our system. A study also found out that mothers that use cannabis do not rear babies with defects whether to the babies’ motor or intellectual faculties.