Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mbali | 2009-10-26

Q.

MY SIX MONTH OLD LOST WEIGHT

Hi

My doughter went for her sisx month drops today and the doctor was very concerned because she lost weight.

I am still breasfeeding and smoking about 3 ciggarettes a day, do you think my smoking could have affected my doughter' s weight?

I used to smoke a pack a day before i fell pregnant and my doctor said i shud cut down, i have been smoking three cigarettes a day for the past one and half year. I feel very bad about this.

I havent started cooking for her yet, but she eats nestum and purities and she still has formula milk.

Your advice will be highly appreciated.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have greatly reduced your smoking and have continued to breast feed your babyAlthough as you know you should not smoke at all for several good reasons, it is unlikely that smoking like you are are doing will affect your baby's weight at this stage. The benefits of breastfeeding should still be there for your baby. You can try to give her more in the way of solids now such as cereals,vegetables and fruit. You can increase the variety and quantity. If she has not gained weight by her next visit to her doctor he should try to find out why she is not gaining weight as expected.

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