I know talking about meth use and breastfeeding sounds completely unbelievable to those who have never been a drug addict, however while in the throws of addiction you are constantly torn between what you know is right and what you feel you have to do (get high). While it’s easy for me to say – DON’T DO METH, I also know what a sick, twisted and addicted mind will tell an addict – even while a helpless baby is in your arms or in your womb.
I know it’s easy to lie to yourself and say that you can use meth and get it out of your system before it is passed to the baby – but, please don’t do it. The decision could quite likely be deadly to your child. Babies are far more sensitive to meth exposure than adults and when you breastfeed your baby while on meth, coming off meth or even after you think its passed from your system you are risking your baby’s life.
Meth is selfish, greedy and doesn’t care for you or your baby. Meth will lie to you and tell you that it’s okay and that your body will filter the chemicals — the voices in your head and the cravings you have will agree if you let them.
You have to take a stand and do what you know in your heart is right. You have to be strong for your little one who doesn’t get to have a say in what you choose to do. If you’re breastfeeding you may be doing it because you’ve been told it’s what’s best for your baby, but that is only if you’ve not used meth. If you’re breastfeeding to save money, please look into the WIC program (Women, Infants & Children), as they will provide you with free vouchers for formula. It’s far better to give your baby formula than to take a chance giving them meth-tainted breast milk.
If somehow you’ve found this post because you cared enough to research the matter, I want you to pick up your baby and hold them. Imagine what it would be like if you never had a chance to see them smile again or hear their sweet little voice or hold their tiny hand. Imagine living the rest of your life knowing that you took your child’s life because of you used meth while breastfeeding. You do have a choice, regardless of the lies meth will tell you – please make the one that is best for your baby.