Do you have a baby and would like to know if it is safe to breastfeed while microdosing? Microdosing means taking very small doses of a psychoactive substance, such as magic mushrooms or truffles, for example. With this, you can support your mental and physical health in a completely natural way. But just because something is natural does not automatically mean it is always safe, especially for babies. In this blog, we explore the possible effects that microdosing could have on your baby, if you are breastfeeding.
The safety of microdosing
If we ask how safe microdosing is in general, we can indicate that shrooms and truffles are basically the safest drugs, according to the 2017 Global Drug Survey. This states that the risk of poisoning and addiction is very low. But on the other hand, there are still many unknown factors when it comes to microdosing with magic mushrooms and truffles.
No studies have yet been done on the long-term safety of microdosing. Nor is it known what effect psilocybin has on an infant who ingests it through breastfeeding. For adults, microdosing seems safe, especially when compared to regular medication for ADHD or depression, for example. These drugs can also bring many negative side effects.
But this does not mean that microdosing could have no drawbacks at all. Anyway, it is possible that you may suffer from side effects. So it is good that studies are currently being planned to find out what the long-term effects of microdosing are, in terms of heart health and possible mineral deficiencies.
It is natural to wonder if microdosing is safe if you are breastfeeding. As a mother, you want to prevent your child from noticing, or being bothered by it. And especially that it would be harmed by it. Yet, as a brand-new mother, you can actually use the support of a natural remedy, such as microdosing with truffles. It may possibly help with mental symptoms (gloom, depression) and physical symptoms, such as fatigue. So we take a look at natural peoples and what they do in terms of psychoactive substances and pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Microdosing and breastfeeding in natural populations
Mind-altering drugs have been used for thousands of years. Of course, it is not known whether women also used magic mushrooms or truffles while pregnant or breastfeeding. Among natural populations, psychoactive substances are also used and, surprisingly, by pregnant women.
In the Amazon region of Peru lives the Shipibo-Konibo tribe. The pregnant women there use ayahuasca. At the Wixárika in Mexico, this is the Peyote cactus. Also, the women there like to go into the sweat lodge every now and then. This is often accompanied by healing rituals. The women claim that these rituals and mind-altering drugs are safe for unborn babies and breastfeeding children. According to them, this actually brings many benefits to babies and mothers.
The Wixárika women claim that when the pregnant woman decides to take Peyote, the active ingredient mescaline will reach the baby. It is likely to affect different parts of the brain. Mescaline can therefore have visual, auditory and sensory effects on the baby. So if the mother takes a ceremonial dose of peyote, the baby in the womb will likewise have what they say is a valuable experience. Shamans and women believe these customs have a stimulating effect on the child’s cognitive development. Of course, it is not clear whether this is really the case and it is advisable to be very careful about this. Psychedelics can be the development of brains of infants and children.
How could you microdose safely when breastfeeding?
All in all, it is not easy to say whether microdosing is safe if you are breastfeeding. You would have to make a trade-off, between taking care of yourself as a mother and the safe development of your child. In any case, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Unfortunately, not enough research has been done on it.
Psychiatric nurse C. J. Spotswood wrote in her book, The Microdosing Guidebook, that psilocin and psilocybin are excreted through the kidneys. This happens almost completely within 3 hours of taking it orally, and within 24 hours it is completely out of your system. James Fadiman, who has done a lot of research on microdosing with psilocybin, indicates that if you keep at least 6 hours between microdosing and breastfeeding, you should not have to worry about the effect on your child. Furthermore, there is no evidence at all yet that psilocybin is passed to your child through breastfeeding.
With the following guidelines, you could possibly breastfeed safely:
- Take only very low doses, of 100 mg or 0.1 gr of psilocybin or less.
- Follow the Fadiman routine, taking a dose 1 day and then 2 rest days. Or microdose up to 2 times a week.
- Use the rest days to pump breast milk so that you have enough nutrition to give to your baby the next 24 hours on the day you microdose.
- After taking a microdose, pump the milk for the following 24 hours and discard it.
Combining microdosing and breastfeeding
By microdosing in this way, the online community has shown that women can enjoy the benefits of microdosing with magic mushrooms or truffles. It has a positive effect on their well-being and therefore on that of their families. Be aware that by following these guidelines you can reduce the risk potentially associated with microdosing. But you can’t completely rule it out. If you want to try microdosing while breastfeeding, you can also discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. There are also other alternatives to support your health, such as talks with a therapist. You may also decide to stop breastfeeding so you can microdose safely, without harming your baby.