A frequently asked question from visitors to this site:
Can crack cocaine come through breast milk?
And the answer? YES.
When a breast-feeding mom uses crack cocaine, she may pass the drug on to her baby through her breast milk, with serious effects:
“Convulsions have been seen both in infants of breast-feeding mothers using cocaine and in infants exposed to passive crack smoke inhalation. Because cocaine and its metabolites can be found in breast milk for up to 60 hours after use, breast-feeding is not recommended.”
~ p. 225, “Drug abuse and withdrawal”, S Schechner, Manual of Neonatal Care, Philadelphia, 2004
Drinking crack-cocaine-tainted breast milk can severely damage a baby, and in some cases, may lead to death. (More here.)