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Toxins in breastmilk?

09/28/2006

Question:

How long do toxins, such as alcohol and street drugs, stay in your system and how long should someone pump and dump for?

Answer:

For alcohol it’s 2 to 4 hours.

For most street drugs it’s 4 hours, and for marijuana, it can be several days.

To be safe it is best to avoid these while breast feeding.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati