MDMA is also called Molly or ecstasy, and it’s a synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant, producing energizing effects. 3,4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine is the complete name for this addicting drug. People are easily hooked on hallucinogens since they produce a rush and euphoric sensation. Pregnant women should not experiment with this drug, although there are many cases where women do, combining MDMA and breastfeeding.
There are quite a few factors that determine the transfer of drugs into a woman’s breast milk, such as maternal plasma concentrations and molecular weight. Drugs with lower molecular weight are more likely to evolve into human milk. Additionally, with protein binding and a more fat-soluble drug, there is a higher chance of transfer. The central nervous system is involved in the process of transfer.
MDMA and breastfeeding are not as uncommon as you may think. Amphetamine drugs like Molly are found at higher levels in breast milk than in the bloodstream. MDMA is considered an L5 which means the drug is hazardous and can damage the development of the baby.
How Long Does Molly Stay in Your Breastmilk?
The half-life is around seven hours, but it can reach over thirty hours depending on the PH level found in urine. A pregnant woman should wait five-half-lives before breastfeeding after the last use but avoiding breastfeeding while taking Molly is advised to avoid any potential health complications.
There is not an abundance of research on the topic; however, humans reported an increase in heart defects or twisted feet when a mother was pregnant and taking the substance.1 It’s highly recommended to wait at least 48 hours after use before breastfeeding, but depending on how much was consumed, the wait time may be extended.
Side Effects of MDMA & Breastfeeding
Ecstasy and breastfeeding are very dangerous together, and the side effects on the mother can be as harmful as to the baby. Women who take this synthetic psychoactive drug are at risk of cognitive decline and potential overdose. MDMA in breast milk can cause the baby to be at risk of halting proper development or being behind other children whose mothers did not consume drugs while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Side effects on the mother may include:
- Severe anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- High blood pressure
- Intense drug cravings
- Irritability or agitation
- Inability to concentrate
Due to the severity of these side effects, a mother may have trouble caring for her child. A baby may be neglected if the mother is dealing with substance abuse. Ecstasy treatment is recommended for mothers who are struggling with addiction and need to begin recovery.
Recovery Is Possible at Our Pennsylvania Addiction Treatment Center
At Clearbrook Pennsylvania Treatment Center, we provide a medically assisted detox for patients who need to safely and effectively go through the withdrawal process. Our highly trained staff is prepared to guide you through the treatment plan that is designed to meet your recovery needs. Our rehab for pregnant women can help prevent premature birth and birth defects if a mother receives proper treatment as soon as possible.
- Mother to Baby – https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/mdma/