Posted by: mum | 2004/11/05


smoking and breastfeeding

i would like to know if theres anything wrong if i breast feed and smoke. if so, how does that affect the baby??

Expert's Reply



Smoking is harmfull to your baby in many ways. Please continue to breast feed, but please stop smoking - for your own benefit, but also for that of your baby. It is often easier to stop if you do it for someone elses benefit.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/05

Good luck Mum. Well done for breast feeding!!!!!

I gave up smoking when I found out I was pregnant, and am not smoking while breastfeeding. As I've now given up for 18 months, I certainly won't be going back to it.

Joanne e, I didn't even think of the taste it must give to breastmilk. Yuck!!

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Posted by: mum | 2004/11/05

Thanx guys for the info!! i actually havent started but was just considering. thanx again!!!

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Posted by: joanne e. | 2004/11/05

it also makes the child prone to allergies and addictions later. even smoking all the time in the same room as baby if mom is not a smoker is dangerous. It makes me feel bad enough at my age - imagine what it is doing to a tiny little baby. Remember how your first ever smoke felt - ugh???? It probably also makes the milk taste really awful, just MHO

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/05

Nicotine passes straight through the breast milk without altering, so you are effectively feeding your baby nicotone, which is a poison. I'm not sure of the effects of nicotine on the body, as we only ever hear about the effects on lungs. I'm sure the paed will elaborate.

Also, if you are smoking and have smoke on your clothing, your baby breathes this in when you hold it, and can develop asthma, bronchitis, post nasal drip etc.

Both the issues I"ve mentioned above are the biggest contributing factors in cot death.

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