Based on my own experience and MJ-using moms I have known, I think there's not much to worry about. I think it's safer for you and baby than opiate drugs like oxycodone. One way to calm your concerns would be to have another adult on hand, sober, to observe your baby before and after nursing and watch for any change in behavior. Probably there will be none, but it will be reassuring to you to know that, and to know you're not caring for the kids solo as you experiment with this new medication. Once you are used to it, I think it is okay to be alone with the kids, since you are aiming for pain control rather than "stoned".
Yes. But only if the officer thinks you're acting oddly and gives you a test.
If it is possible to take the bus or walk, I recommend it. Much less stressful. Especially when the kids are there to distract you.
I would guess that it is not, but research the laws in your state.
I live in a state where it is NOT legal for medicinal use, but when my son was 11 months old and still BFing and I needed foot surgery, I was honest with the anesthesiologist that I had been smoking MJ about once a week for several months. He must not have reported it because I never had any trouble as a result.
Uhh, that depends on the batch of brownies (or other food) and your metabolism. It is harder to control the level of high when you eat MJ than when you inhale it, because the smoke/vapor affects your brain within seconds so you can decide when you've had enough and then stop, whereas when you've eaten it you won't feel anything for at least 15 minutes but then the high will go up to wherever it's going and you can't stop it. I once had 1/4 of a cookie my friend had purchased at a medical dispensary in California, and for 3 hours I was SCARY high. Another time I had almost as dramatic an experience after eating a brownie from the same batch I'd sampled previously but not taking into account that I'd had a massive nosebleed earlier in the day so had a reduced blood volume in which the drug would circulate. (I was not breastfeeding at those times!) For medicinal use, I think it is better to inhale so you can better regulate the dosage; if you have to eat it, eat a small dose at a time and give it at least an hour before you decide it wasn't enough.
I hope you find a good solution to your pain!
I can speak from the perspective of the child in utero, BF'd & raised in an MJ smoker home. My mom smoked MJ throughout her pregnancy to keep her morning sickness at bay, which was probably just a good excuse to keep smoking cuz she already had been before getting pregnant lol I turned out fine. Graduated high school & college and at 37 have yet to smoke a joint or anything else for that matter. Both my parents and lots of their friends and lots of our family smoked together in front of me. We were never in any car accidents or questioned about pot use by authorities. The only thing I didn't like about it as a kid was the secrecy. It was normal for us, but I understood even at a very young age that it wasn't status quo for everyone, and every time someone knocked on the door there was a mad dash to hide the bong, or put out the joint... I also blamed my mom's inability to be emotionally present w/me on the pot, but that could just be her personality, but and she was very stoned all the time my whole childhood and adolescence.
So, with all that....I think medicinal use is fine and you sound like you'll be overly cautious about it until you learn how it effects you. I say try it even while BF'ing. I think it's much easier on your body and kidneys than heavy pain med use.
I think that mj would be a very good form of medication for you. In my opinion it is much better than anything synthetic because well not to sound overly hippy, but mother earth grows it... not designs or makes it in a lab. Echinacea is great for boosting your immune system, red raspberry leaf tones and strengthens the uterus, chamomile is great for relaxation and sleep enhancement, St. John's Wort regulates mood. If MJ was actually recognized as a medicine I bet we'd be using it a whole lot more for holistic and natural medications. It is great for pain. Ask your friend if she is using the right plant for pain management. Some different species are better for managing different ailments. Also ask her to start out with a weaker dosage. I have to admit also... my mom had five children and with all five smoked through pregnancy and breastfeeding. We all turned out to be well rounded healthy people for the most part. Good luck with your decision and do not feel guilty about it. Anything that makes you feel guilty you probably shouldn't do. There was actually a study done by Melanie or Meghan Dreher I believe her name is; you can google it... she did a 20 year study in Jamaica and a large part of her study was marijuana and the effects on mothers and children. The conclusion of the study was that the children whose mothers used mj throughout childhood, pregnancy, and into their 20th year turned out to be more well rounded happy people... I'm not sure why, maybe because their mom's were less stressed.
I thought I would let you know what happened. I was taking my friend's candy for a while but that wasn't really cutting it. I found out that my doctor prescribes it, so I got a script and went to a dispensary. I got a vaporizer. This stuff helps with the pain a lot but I do get a little more "stoned" than I would like, not in a way that makes me unable to care for my kids but in a way that makes me feel kind of dense. I could probably drive, but I don't, especially with the kids. I still take a little bit of tylenol but not as much as before and no advil.
I want to be happy and grateful but to be honest I just wish I didn't need anything! I feel like a bit of a loser being "stoned" mommy, even though because of the strain it's not like I'm in a stupor, I just can't remember stuff and my mind is fuzzy. I'm a lot nicer to my 4yo which is a big plus.
I can't seem to get over the guilt and shame of having to take this route. Even though it's legal here I feel like I'm breaking the law. When I was a kid I smoked a ton of pot and also did other drugs. But for twenty years I have been drug free. I don't even drink!! I'm so straight edge now. And here I am.
Sorry for my pity party!! I'm working on being more grateful. :-)
Don't be sorry. You need to tell someone. I think that it is important to think of it not as a recreational drug but a medicine that at this time you need to function and enjoy life. You are not using marijuana to have fun and be a stoner, or because you can't stand your kids or any nonsense like that. It is a medicine that your doctor prescribed and you need. It is much better than other routes you could have taken. It should be medicinally acceptable everywhere, but we are making strides hopefully. Just try to enjoy life, play with your babies, and be grateful for the plant's medicinal qualities. You aren't sitting in your room chugging down a pint of whiskey or smoking a crack pipe yelling at your kids through the door. You sound like a great mom!! Don't be guilty or ashamed. You are a good person!