Posted by: Smoking & Breastfeeding | 2007/03/08


Smoking & Breastfeeding?

Hello, I have a prem baby, and I had about 7 smokes a day. Will this harm my baby? I don't want to affect her milk in any way.



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It probably won't affect your breast milk directly but this is really the time to stop smoking.

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Posted by: Just Me | 2007/03/08

I wish they would make smoking while pregnant and around little babies a crime! Why the kids have to suffer because of the parents addictions and lack of self control I dont know.

we all see the warning on the packs, but I suppose they are just there to look pretty.

Reply to Just Me
Posted by: RMC | 2007/03/08

And for other addictions. research shows that smoke babies are more likely to develop drug dependancy later.

And yes, purple reminded me of a very important fact of SIDS.

I hate itwhen I see a pregnant woman smoking - ot a smoker preparing a bottle with those smokeyhands

Plus you are damaginf your life span -- you want to die young and leave your little one without a mother?

Reply to RMC
Posted by: Purple | 2007/03/08

You cannot smoke if you are breastfeeding as the nicotine passes through your milk unchanged - your baby is receiving exactly the same harm as you are.

The other thing is that the second hand smoke you are exposing your baby to (in your hair, clothing etc - even if you aren't smoking in the house) is probably a leading cause of cot death - along with sleeping on the stomach. You are putting your baby at risk of dying.

If you smoked during pregnancy, your baby's weight will have been affected by this (low birth weight is a common side effect), you should also test your baby's hearing as it can result in deafness too.

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Posted by: H | 2007/03/08

Smoking takes toll in womb

Last updated: Monday, March 05, 2007

Women who smoke during pregnancy can cause permanent damage to their child's circulatory system, which can increase risks for heart disease and stroke later in life, Dutch researchers report.

"The kids of the mothers who smoked when they were pregnant have an increased atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries] compared with kids whose mothers didn't smoke," said researcher Dr Michiel L. Bots, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. "Pregnancy is a critical period for damage from smoke exposure," he added.

Permanent cardio damage
His team's analysis of data from the Netherlands Atherosclerosis Risk in Young Adults study found that people exposed to smoke when their mothers were pregnant had permanent cardiovascular damage that could be detected in young adulthood.

The findings were expected to be presented Friday at the American Heart Association's Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Orlando, Florida.

In addition, smoking during pregnancy can result in compromised intrauterine growth and low birth weight, Bots noted.

In the study, Bots and colleagues collected data on 732 people born between 1970 and 1973.

Thicker carotid artery walls
They found that, at the age of 30, adult children of the 215 mothers who smoked during their pregnancy had thicker walls of the carotid arteries in the neck - an early sign of atherosclerosis - compared with adult children whose mothers didn't smoke.

Offspring whose pregnant mothers were exposed to smoke had 13.4 micrometers thicker carotid artery walls by the time they reached young adulthood compared to the offspring of mothers who did not smoke during pregnancy.

Fathers weren't left off the hook, either. If both parents smoked during pregnancy, by 30 years of age, their children had thicker artery walls than people with one smoking parent or parents who did not smoke, the researchers noted.

Moreover, the more the mother smoked, the thicker the carotid artery walls of her offspring, Bots's team found.

Confirms previous studies
"We have confirmed that smoking during pregnancy is not good for your child," Bots said. "It fits with the evidence that these children have higher blood pressures and are more overweight when they are adults, and we have extended that to show they have more atherosclerosis when they are 30."

One expert said the findings support the common wisdom on smoking and heart disease.

"This study seems to extend what we already know about coronary artery disease, that the process starts very early," said Dr Byron Lee, assistant professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Already, children have been found to have fatty streaks in their arteries, Lee said. "These fatty streaks are the precursors to more severe arterial narrowing that can lead to angina and heart attacks. This study suggests that artery disease may even start during gestation, giving pregnant women yet another reason to refrain from smoking," he said.

Another expert agreed
"This is further evidence of the need for women who smoke to quit," said Matt Barry, the director of policy research for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "And also for them to avoid second-hand smoke," he added.

People need to be educated about not smoking in their homes, Barry added. "There needs to be more programmes to help people quit," he said. "In addition, we need to be more aggressive in reaching out to pregnant women and women of childbearing age."

Barry noted that many women do quit when they are pregnant but then start smoking again after delivery. "Seven out of 10 women who quit [during pregnancy] take up smoking again," he said. "Often, smoking during the postpartum environment is as dangerous as the pregnancy itself." – (HealthDayNews)

Why would you want to hurt your precious baby?

Reply to H
Posted by: RMC | 2007/03/08

And smokers often have a low weight prem baby! Are you daft! Even just touching your baby without breastfeeding is bad. You know what little lungs they have, especially prem ones?

I suggest you stop. Plus babies born to smokers often are ratty as they are born addicted to the nicotine.

Reply to RMC
Posted by: Mel | 2007/03/08

As far as i know, smoking is a BIG no-no, especially when a prem baby is concerned! My sister's child suffers from chronic chest infections due to her smoking while pregnant and breastfeeding. she also only smoked about 5 a day, so i don't think quantity makes that much of a difference

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